Career Explorer website screen

The Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) has launched a free, online Career Explorer Tool to allow students and job seekers to explore careers matching their knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs).

Designed by KYSTATS, a recognized leader in data platforms, the new Career Explorer Tool was developed with grant funding from the Workforce Data Quality Initiative. The tool is designed to help Kentuckians explore careers based on four different criteria: Expected Knowledge, Skills & AbilitiesDesired SalaryMajor or Certification; and Desired Occupation.

KSAs are often utilized by hiring professionals to define the requirements of a job opening and how well a candidate matches those qualifications. The Career Explorer Tool allows job seekers and students to understand the requirements of a career prior to submitting an application or enrolling within an education or training program.

“We are excited to provide Kentuckians with a free, online platform to explore the career pathways available within the Commonwealth. Choosing a career can be intimidating, and this tool makes it easier for users to narrow down thousands of occupations to the ones that specifically match their interests and abilities,” said EWDC Deputy Secretary Josh Benton.

Through the online platform, students and job seekers can complete a self-assessment of KSAs as well as gain a better understanding of the skills, education, and training needed for various career pathways. Upon completion of the assessment, users are provided with a list of careers that best match their interests and skills. The tool also provides information about Kentucky schools that offer training and education for users to obtain degrees or certifications necessary for their chosen career path.

“Our goal was to develop a user-friendly tool for both students and job seekers to explore careers that best match their interests and provide information about required skills necessary to pursue that career,” said Jessica Cunningham, Ph.D., Executive Director of KYSTATS. “We will continue to expand this tool as we get feedback from users.”

The Career Explorer Tool also includes informational career videos, an individual KSA analysis, a breakdown of entry-level, median and experienced wages, a list of Kentucky schools that offer majors or certifications for a career, and a list of similar careers.

To access the Career Explorer Tool, visit

KYSTATS collects and links data to evaluate education and workforce efforts through the development of reports, and provides statistical data to policymakers, agencies, and the general public.

For more information about KYSTATS, please visit or follow @KYSTATS on Twitter.

Averhealth Holding Hiring Event

Are you looking for a new career in the healthcare and criminal justice fields that provide awesome perks? Come and join Averhealth for open interviews for our new operations all across the state of Kentucky. Our expanding organization wants compassionate healthcare and customer service professionals like you to help us get our patients back on the road to recovery!


Positions: Patient Care Technicians (Part-Time positions)
When: Wednesday, July 31, 8am-4:30pm 
Where: Somerset KY Career Center, 410 E. Mount Vernon, Suite 400, Somerset, KY 42502

Counties we will be hiring for: Hardin, Bullitt, Nelson, Taylor/Green, Marion/Washington, Jefferson, Henry/Oldham/Trimble, Anderson, Franklin, Shelby/Spencer, Fayette, Adair, Russell, McCreary, Whitley, Laurel , Knox, Jessamine, Garrard, Lincoln, Rockcastle, Pulaski, Pendleton, Harrison, Woodford, Bourbon, Scott, Boone/Campbell/Kenton, Clark, Madison, Estill, Lee/Owsley

Bring: Your Resume and Your A-Game! Walk-ins Accepted and Welcomed! Or please call 804-616-4331 to schedule your interview today!

Recently the Pine Knot Job Corps Center hosted a luncheon to showcase the developing skills of their automotive students and provide updates on the center located in McCreary County.

The students are part of the Maintenance and Light Repair training program specializing in automotive and machine repair. This is a Pre-Apprenticeship program that offers students the hands-on training and education needed to qualify for apprenticeships. Learn more about the program.

The Pine Knot Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is a tuition-free training and education program that connects eligible young men and women with the skills and educational opportunities they need to establish real careers.

The meal was provided by the center's talented culinary and dining hall staff. Representatives from the Cumberlands Workforce Development Area, Myra Wilson, Director of Workforce Development, along with Shirlene Taylor, Unified Business Team Lead, were present to meet with Brandon R. Pfeilmeier, Director of the Forest Service's Pine Knot Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, and the current automotive students.

Pine Knot website

Head Start Logo

The Head Start programs for Cumberland County/Burkesville, Lake Cumberland, Taylor County/Campbellsville and McCreary County are now taking applications for eligible 3 and 4 year olds for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please read the attached PDF flyers for more, print and fill out the appropriate application form below, and submit to your application to the nearest Head Start location.

The following information is needed for applications:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Medical Card/Insurance Number
  • Income Verification
  • Social Security Numbers

About Head Start

Established in 1965, Head Start promotes school readiness for children, ages three to five, in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social and other services. Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Programs actively engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.

Children attend school Monday through Thursday from approximately 8 am to 2 pm. Head Start follows the local county school calendar and does not have classes during inclement weather. Transportation is available but limited to certain areas. For more transportation information, contact the center nearest you.

Head Start welcomes children with disabilities and special needs.

Local Head Start Centers Accepting Applications

Cumberland County/Burkesville Head Start (PDF) (270) 864-2524 
46 David Williams St., Burkesville, KY 42717

Lake Cumberland Head Start (PDF) (270) 866-2692 
23 Industry Drive, Jamestown, KY 42629

Taylor County/Campbellsville Head Start (PDF) (270) 789-3978 
1951 Old Columbia Rd., Campbellsville, KY 42718

McCreary County Head Start (PDF) (606) 376-5437 
1941 N HWY 27, Whitley City, KY 42653

Head Start 105 Child Application (PDF) (606) 376-5437

Head Start 106 Spanish Child Application (PDF) (606) 376-5437

An Interagency Meeting was held at the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency on July 17, 2019. The gathering was an opportunity for multiple agencies to share reports on current and future projects. The objective of these meetings is to develop cooperation and effective use of resources among the various agencies. 

Agencies participating were the Department for Community Based Services, Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency (LCCAA), LCCAA Health Benefit Assistor, LCCAA Head Start, LCCAA Opioid Consortium, East Kentucky Employment Program, Lake Cumberland Area Development District Workforce Development, and Adanta.

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DCBS - Department for Community Based Services

The DCBS provides state-wide family support; child care; child and adult protection; eligibility determinations for Medicaid and food benefits; and administration of an energy cost-assistance program. The department administers the state foster care and adoption systems and recruits and trains parents to care for the state's children who are waiting for a permanent home.

LCCAA Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency

LCCAA is a private, non-profit agency serving the ten-county Lake Cumberland area that operates a comprehensive array of programs to open educational/training and employment opportunities, remove obstacles, coordinate private sector groups and mobilize community resources to effectively assist low-income people achieve greater economic self-sufficiency.

Child Protective Services

The Division of Child Care supports quality child care programs and plans that promote improvement and expansion of child care services and resources statewide.

East Ky Employment Program

The Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) administers Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs in 23 mountain counties and also manages the Kentucky Career Center JobSight network of workforce centers, which provide access to more than a dozen programs and services for jobseekers and employers under one roof.

LCADD Workforce Development,  Lake Cumberland Area Development District

The Lake Cumberland Area Development District is a regional planning and development agency based in Russell Springs, Kentucky, that serves Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor and Wayne counties.


Adanta is a private, non-profit organization providing community-based mental health; substance abuse; developmental and intellectual disability; alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention; and sexual assault resource services.

Hire a Patriot Event

The Kentucky Career Center - Lincoln Trial in conjunction with the American Legion, The DAV, The VFW, The Vietnam Veterans Association, WQXE, and WULF will be sponsoring a Hire a Patriot Event. Transitioning personnel, veterans, national guard, reservists and their dependents looking for career and employment opportunities are encouraged to attend.

This hiring event will be held July 25, 2019, at the American Legion Post 113, 1251 Ring Road in Elizabethtown, Kentucky from 10 am to 3 pm. This event is open exclusively to veterans and dependent family members from 10 am - 12:30 pm (PLEASE BRING PROOF OF MILITARY SERVICE). Open to the general public from 12:30 pm - 3 pm.

Have questions?

Give us a call or stop by your closest Kentucky Career Center and we'll be glad to help you with your career and employment needs. 

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Job Fairs and Info!

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