New Skills for Youth Kentucky

Published: 3/7/2017 12:48 PM

The Vision of Kentucky New Skills for Youth

Regionalized Governance and Delivery of CTE that:

  • is employer-led through regional workforce areas and ensures cross-institutional involvement,
  • encompasses career pathways that have seamless transitions from secondary to postsecondary education,
  • involves shared resources and funding among all partners, and
  • provides valuable industry certifications and credentials that are recognized by business and industry

 The foundation of Kentucky’s New Skills for Youth work is based on the Southern Regional Education Board Report (SREB Report) and the Kentucky Career and Technical Education Funding Analysis.


Phase 1

The Kentucky Department of Education received a $100,000 grant through the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) initiative in May 2016. These funds were made available through generous support of JP Morgan Chase & Co. with a five-year, $75 million program to connect students to in-demand careers. Twenty-four states and Washington, D.C. secured grants through phase one of New Skills for Youth, a collaboration of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), JP Morgan Chase and Advance CTE that supports states as they work to align career-focused education with high-skill, high-demand jobs. The phase one application was based on six Career Readiness Objectives.


Phase 2

In January 2017, after a rigorous review process, which included examination of the state’s plan to transform how it designs and develops career preparedness education programs; Kentucky was awarded a $2 million New Skills for Youth Grant.

The New Skills for Youth grant funds will be distributed in Kentucky through a competitive grant process.

The Kentucky New Skills For Youth (NSFY) Initiative incentivizes the opportunity for local districts to transition state-operated area technical centers and locally-operated technical centers into regional academies through the collaboration of two or more school districts, a postsecondary partner and employer engagement to transform the delivery of career and technical education in Kentucky. The Kentucky Department of Education has approximately $575,000 available for this grant competition. The total award amount for each planning grant will be no more than $115,000.

Questions Deadline: Noon (ET), May 1, 2017.
      All questions must be sent to

Submission Deadline: 4:00 PM (ET), May 15, 2017

Laura Arnold
Office of Career and Technical Education
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4286
Fax (502) 564-4800