APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2013-14 LEADERSHIP CENTRAL KY CLASS HAS PASSED
Leadership Central Kentucky is a program to: educate and inform individuals on issues and opportunities for all of our region’s communities; create awareness and understanding of how each county’s actions affect the others; and to help foster a regional vision for the Bluegrass. Its vision seeks to build a network of committed, informed and progressive citizens connected across institutions and county lines. These leaders of the new century embrace and embody the philosophy that our region will realize
its highest potential through working together.
The Leadership Central Kentucky Board seeks to identify those individuals most likely to utilize their regional leadership abilities for a long-term benefit. Applicants must either work or live in any of the following eight counties: Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford. Approximately twenty-four individuals will be selected to participate in the program. These leaders and potential leaders will be active in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based
organization. Attention is taken to reflect the diversity of the Bluegrass Region’s communities.
Participants will be chosen by the Leadership Central Kentucky Board based upon the information completed on the application. They will be seeking a diverse class, professionally, geographically, ethnically and gender-wise. Preference will be given to individuals who have successfully completed a local leadership program.
A mandatory Orientation kicks the program off the third Thursday and Friday in August and thereafter, the third Wednesday September through May, class members travel to one county per month with a focus on community and regional topics such as transportation, education, economic development, quality of life, public advocacy, and agri-tourism, . These topics are covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, interactive exercises and class discussions.
Sessions will last an average of eight hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sessions will be located throughout the region. Times and locations will be sent prior to sessions. Participant is responsible for their own transportation to the county. Once in the county, bus transportation is provided between venues. Any participant missing more than two regular full day sessions, in half-day increments, will not graduate from the program
Tuition for Leadership Central Kentucky is $600, payable no later than August 5, 2013. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. If financial assistance is sought please attach a letter officially requesting a scholarship and stating your reasons. The scholarship request must accompany the completed application to be considered. Requests for scholarship assistance are completely confidential. (Note: no full scholarships are awarded.)
• Broaden perspectives and understanding of the Bluegrass Region
• Meet local, regional and state leaders
• Develop and expand network of contacts
• Visit county sites and facilities
• Gain exposure to both current county and regional issues and developments
• Build friendships and working relationships with class members
LEADERSHIP CENTRAL KENTUCKY ALUMNI (coming soon)
2013-14 Class Presented By
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
Leadership Central Kentucky Class Members Visit Georgetown-Scott County
Article by Eric M. Chambers, Brandstetter Carroll Inc.
How many of us have misconceptions about certain things we think we know something about or think we understand? I certainly had misconceptions about education and workforce, and the day in Scott County for October’s Leadership Central Kentucky event shattered those misconceptions.
MISCONCEPTION #1: The education system is broken and no one is really doing anything about it.
We started the day off with a Workforce Development Panel consisting of three successful College and University Presidents, Dr. Mary Sias, Kentucky State University, Augusta Julian, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), and Granetta Blevins, Georgetown College. These insightful and successful ladies informed us of the real educational issues in our state. They shared how incoming students are not college ready many of which must take developmental classes to even begin college. They also shared how the business community is having a hard time finding graduates that truly have the required skill sets needed to enter the workforce. These ladies along with their faculty and staff are changing the model of higher education.
In an effort to team with local businesses and community leaders, these institutions are focusing on preparing students for the workforce by providing the opportunity for the students to focus on what it will take to be ready for their specific career and to plan their course work accordingly. They are creating a focus on skills that are desperately needed for the workplace environment such as creative thinking, writing, and public speaking. This seems so personal and valuable. I believe that this is something that must be spread to all the higher education institutions so that the focus is on development of the students and not the total number of students and institution has on its campus.
We continued the morning with more discussions on the need for workforce ready programs in the middle and high schools of our region to allow students the ability to ascertain the proper educational training to make them well-rounded as an individual, but to also prevent the students from reaching college without being ready to acclimate to the college environment. This was put into practice in Scott County. The Elkhorn Crossing School is a career and technical school. It has a village concept that focuses on five career paths. Those are Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Engineering, Health Sciences, Law and Justice, and Media Arts. Each of these villages allows the high school students to begin learning skills and receive training for these specific career areas.
For instance, in Health Sciences students learn the basics of patient care including CPR, IV administration, and general bed manners. Their classes are focused on this field and along with the career training they take two core classes on the Elkhorn Crossing School Campus. These core classes are required to graduate high-school but the classes are collaborative with the area of study so there is a symbiotic relationship between all three areas of study for that village. This program is a success and is now being modeled across the state and even across the Country.
MISCONCEPTION #2: Manufacturing is a dead industry and is an unattractive career.
The group discussed the Work Ready Community Program with Daryl Smith and Jack Connor. Both reiterated some of the educational information we discussed throughout the day. The other information they brought to our attention was that Scott County has about 53% of its residents in manufacturing. This has been a real blessing for Scott County and not only has it given a real boost to the viability and economic growth of this County but it has also given those without an advanced degree a way to provide a quality of life for their families.
After our group discussion we traveled to Toyota where we toured the manufacturing plant and saw the workforce in action. This was probably the highlight of the day for many in the group. It was not only fascinating seeing the robots in action and the process of how a car is made, but it was also fascinating to hear the focus Toyota has for its employees and the empowerment that they give each individual on the assembly line. The employees exhibited a unique quality in that they seemed excited and happy doing their job.
Toyota is a huge economic engine in Scott County. They are also teaming with BCTC and other manufacturers to develop career paths that are needed in manufacturing across the Bluegrass and the United States. These industry leaders and BCTC have developed a manufacturing curriculum in Scott County at the BCTC Georgetown Campus at the Toyota Training Center. They have created an environment where students learn hands on in a mock assembly line area within the college walls. They also are hand selected once they apply by 1 of the 10 manufacturers sponsoring this program. They are then allowed to work for that manufacturing company 3 days a week which provides enough pay to offset the college tuition and if they still require more some offer tuition reimbursement. The other two days is spent in the classroom on career specific curriculum. This has allowed these companies to recruit and train their future workforce and to replenish or to grow the industry’s future needs. This has become an important career path for BCTC and an important relationship for the manufacturers in the Bluegrass.