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Public-private collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Inc. and third parties to help drive a cloud-enabled workforce and economy

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 10, 2017) - A new collaboration among state, education, non-profit, and private sector parties was announced by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet today aimed at creating Kentucky Cloud Career Pathways, which are specific courses and educational opportunities designed to prepare students with the skillsets needed to address the massive growth and job opportunities in cloud, cyber security, and computer science fields.

“The technological transformation occurring globally is changing the way we live and work at an unprecedented pace,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “Kentucky must be a leader in preparing our students and existing workforce to capitalize on the many job opportunities that innovation in technology is creating.”

Kentucky Cloud Career Pathways is a public-private collaboration among the following parties:

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Department of Education, Labor Cabinet, Economic Development Cabinet
Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)
Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit education organization
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), a leading cloud computing company

“It is a goal of this administration to establish Kentucky as a national model for harnessing the benefits of a cloud-enabled workforce and economy,” said Hal Heiner, secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. “To meet this goal, collaboration among the government, education, non-profit, and the private sector is required.”

Kentucky’s Cloud Career Pathways vision includes:

*..Developing Cloud Career Pathways for Kentucky’s K-12 students, college-bound students, and adult learners

*  Infusing and expanding cloud, cyber security, and computer science curriculum across Kentucky’s K-12 schools and KCTCS

*  Driving awareness of cloud careers and associated industry certifications via online videos educating participants on jobs available

*  Creating dual credit opportunities for Cloud Career Pathway participants to support the importance of continuity in technical education between K-12 and higher education

*  Mapping private sector employers, both located in Kentucky and those offering virtual employment opportunities to Kentucky residents, to Cloud Career Pathways participants via online the AWS Educate jobs board and other programs for apprenticeships, internships, and jobs

*  Providing professional development for K-12 and KCTCS teachers and instructors


“Cloud computing provides not only the opportunity to create new companies with little or no capital needed, but also new career pathways for citizens,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President Worldwide Public Sector, AWS. “Since launching our AWS Educate program, which helps educators and students use real-world technology in the classroom to prepare students to enter the cloud workforce, we’ve seen students around the world jump at the opportunity to get hands-on cloud experience. We are thrilled to be a part of Kentucky’s drive to develop cloud-enabled workforce, and hope that other states look to this model as an inspiration.”

“With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting more than 1.3 million open positions in computer and math-related fields expected by 2022, it is absolutely critical that all students have access to high-quality, interdisciplinary computer science learning,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, Project Lead The Way President and Chief Executive Officer. “Under the tremendous leadership of Governor Bevin, Secretary Heiner, and Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt, we look forward to this collaboration and the opportunity to engage and empower the next generation of computer scientists, problem solvers, innovators and creators.”


Energy and Environment Cabinet Announces Completion of Fort Campbell Five Megawatt Solar Array Project

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 13, 2017) -The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has announced the completion of a five megawatt Solar Array Project at Fort Campbell—making it the largest non-utility solar array in Kentucky. Completion of the project was recognized today by state, federal and local officials during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Fort Campbell.

The Solar Array Project produces five megawatts of solar energy, which is enough to power the equivalent of 463 homes and provide more than 10 percent of Fort Campbell’s power requirements in the form of renewable energy.

The Fort Campbell project is a united effort through a partnership with the United States Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE), Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative (PRECC) and the Kentucky EEC.

Preparation to install a solar array began in 2012 when Fort Campbell established a renewable energy plan, based on directives set forth in the American Renewable Energy Act requiring 25 percent of energy consumed by federal installations to be produced by renewable means by 2025.

The Kentucky EEC awarded a $3.1 million grant in December 2012 to help launch the project’s first phase. Phase one included a 1.9 megawatt portion of the solar array, executed through a 10-year utility energy services contract with PRECC. The contract allows the electric cooperative to use the grant funding to pay for the solar array’s interconnection infrastructure.

Fort Campbell received an additional $800,000 grant through the US DOE Federal Emergency Management Program to fund phase two. Funding is tied to a 27-year power purchase agreement.

The solar project covers approximately 20 acres and is located on an abandoned landfill on Ft. Campbell, allowing the Army to apply lessons learned to other large-scale, landfill-based solar projects that could benefit sites in Kentucky as well as nationwide.


Appalachian BOLD 2017 Dr. Tom Vierheller, center, professor of Biology at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, works with students during last year’s Appalachian BOLD camps.  Registration is currently open for this year’s camps. Appalachian BOLD 2017 Dr. Tom Vierheller, center, professor of Biology at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, works with students during last year’s Appalachian BOLD camps. Registration is currently open for this year’s camps.

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), in conjunction with the Alltech Outreach Education Program and the University of Kentucky, will host Appalachian BOLD (Bioeconomy, Outreach, Leadership and Development) camps for seventh and eighth graders in June.

The free two-day camps will take place June 12-13, June 14-15, June 19-20, and June 21-22 on the Prestonsburg campus of BSCTC. Camps are limited to 12 students per session.

“Our camps will focus on what the future workforce will look like with diversified science and technology,” said Dr. Tom Vierheller, professor of Biology at BSCTC. The Appalachian BOLD camps are funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. “We will also explore how molecular biology and renewable biomolecules are developed through interactive laboratory sessions.”

The camps will also include activities at the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium.

For more information, contact Pauletta Burke at (606) 886-7398 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..