Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis receives Spirit of Public Health Award

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Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis received the Henry Bertram Spirit of Public Health Award from Three Rivers Health Department, which serves Carroll, Gallatin, Owen and Pendleton counties.

Ellis was named as the award recipient in December, but was unable to collect the award until the Feb. 21st meeting.

“This award is named after Henry Bertram, who was the Judge-Executive in Pendleton County. He was such a dedicated public servant. This award is given to someone who, like Judge Bertram, is always looking to better the communities we serve,” said Georgia Heise, Three Rivers Health Department director.

Heise said, “Judge Ellis is so deserving of this Spirit of Public Health award. He’s always very enthusiastic about finding new ways to serve the people of Owen County, which is also the mission of the health department.”

Since taking office in 2015 Ellis has contributed to many public health projects, including planning for a Health & Emergency Services complex, developing a recreational trails plan, as well as his continued work to keep health providers in the region.

Administrative Assistant - City of Ludlow, KY

The City of Ludlow, KY (population 4,536) seeks a motivated, experienced professional to serve as an advanced level Administrative Assistant (Administrative Assistant II) (Full Time). Responsibilities include customer service and front desk service, website and social media management, clerical support to department heads, provides support to Administrative staff, and other necessary support and clerical duties as assigned. The successful candidate will possess excellent organizational, administrative, and oral and written communication skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively with City Staff. Must possess a valid Driver’s License. High school diploma or GED required, Bachelor Degree preferred, three years of experience in administration, finance, local government, or a closely related field. Any combination of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Range $15-$18/hr. DOQ. Interested candidates please submit a cover letter, résumé, and three references to Ludlow City Administrator, Elishia Chamberlain, PO Box 16188, 51 Elm St., Ludlow, KY 41016 or email with subject line “Administrative Assistant—Job Search” to City Clerk Laurie Sparks (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Friday, March 10, 2017 at 2 p.m.  EEO.

Pendleton certified as a "Work Ready in Progress" Community

FRANKFORT, Ky. February 21, 2017 – Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner announced February 21 that Pendleton County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community in Progress.

The Kentucky Work Ready Community certification program from the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet assures employers that a local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff existing jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require.

“We are excited to designate Pendleton County as a Kentucky Work Ready Community in Progress, and we look forward to certifying many others in the future,” said Kurt Krug, chair of the Kentucky Work Ready Communities Review Panel and vice president of North American human resources for INOAC.

"To become fully certified, our educational attainment level must reach 25 percent. That is, 25 percent of our adults have at least a two-year college degree," said Pendleton County Economic Development Director Bill Mitchell. He said the certification "shows what we can do when we work together toward a shared vision."

Pendleton County was designated as a Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress because it is close to meeting the criteria to be certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community. To achieve this level, a county must present a viable plan to meet all of the criteria within three years. The designation shows that a community is making strides and working with its business, education, workforce and economic development leaders to set and meet common goals that will give the county an economic edge.

To become certified, communities must gather local support and commitment and apply for the Kentucky Work Ready Communities designation. Counties have to meet criteria in six areas including high school graduation rate, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, demonstrated community commitment, educational attainment, soft-skills development and digital literacy.

Applications for certification are reviewed by a panel appointed by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board. The panel recommends certification by the board for the counties that meet the criteria. The panel meets four times a year to review applications which can be submitted at any time.

For more information about the Kentucky Work Ready Communities program, go to http://workready.ky.gov.  

NKADD Staff and Partners come to Workforce Client's aid

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When a Job Readiness program participant needed help to move into a new apartment, Employment Connections Supervisor Melissa Patchell reached out to coworkers and partners for help. 

Patchell found out this woman had fled a domestic violence situation with her two children and was in need of basic household furnishings after being accepted into public housing.

"All they had was the clothing that fit in her car, a few blankets and an air mattress that went flat," said Patchell.

Patchell emailed coworkers, including Lead Resource Counselor Naomi Miller, who works in NKADD's Aging and Disability Resource Center. Miller's daughter Sarah Royse rallied her coworkers for donations as well. 

NKADD staffers gave a queen-size bed and bedding, more blankets, towels, sheets, pillows, boots, toys and laundry supplies, while Fidelity employees brought a couch, more furniture, dishes, glassware, flatware, lamps, a microwave and coffee maker, toys, a tricycle, books, gift cards as well as other items including professional clothing for mom.

Patchell also reached out on Safety Net, where friends and other community groups donated cleaning supplies and a flat-screen television. St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newport delivered a kitchen table and chairs. 

This community network came together to help this mother build a new start for her family.

Photos - left: Employment Connections Supervisor Melissa Patchell with some of the donations;
top:  Lauren Hollaender of Fidelity
center: Vicki and Chris Lenhof, with sons Cobe and Cam, members of Erlanger Baptist Church;
bottom: Sarah Royse of Fidelity

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