KCTCS kicks off Career Craze with the LT. Governor

Middle and high school students across the state will have the opportunity to do more this summer than just play video games, watch TV or hang with their friends. Those who choose can attend Career Craze, hands-on camps offered through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson and KCTCS Chancellor Jay Box, as well as workforce partners from Maysville and Somerset, spoke at a press conference April 17 at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (Leestown Campus) to kick off Career Craze.

"As honorary chair of this initiative, I'm thrilled to promote our community and technical college system and encourage students and their families to consider a technical career," said Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson. "Parents often overlook the great paying career opportunities that their children can access with a community college certificate or associate degree. This makes KCTCS' Career Craze summer camp program even more valuable to our Kentucky families."

All 16 KCTCS colleges will host two camps during the summer. The camps will highlight different business/industry sectors such as utility, manufacturing, healthcare, etc. Students will learn more about each occupation and how it leads to high wage, high demand careers.

"Through KCTCS' statewide, workforce partnerships, we are able to provide Career Craze participants the opportunity to experience interesting, unique and innovative careers first-hand that can jump-start their futures," said KCTCS Chancellor Jay Box.

To learn more about Career Craze dates, times and locations, please contact a Workforce Solutions representative at a KCTCS college near you.

 The following 2013 Career Craze dates have been confirmed on the Lt. Governor's schedule:
 June 5  Maysville Community & Technical College (Cynthiana)
 June 20 Hopkinsville Community College
 June 26 Jefferson Community & Technical College, Carrollton campus
 June 27 Hazard Community & Technical College
 July 11 Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College
 July 15 Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
 July 18 Gateway Community & Technical College, Boone Campus


The complete 2013 Career Craze schedule is tentatively as follows:

 College Contact Industry Sector Date Time Class Size
 Ashland Karen L. Coburn Manufacturing 7/8-12 1:00-4:30 20
 Big Sandy Harold Burton Energy; Coal Mining 6/10-13 10:00-2:30 20
 Bluegrass Sheila Simpson Manufacturing 6/24-28 8:00-12:00 20
 Elizabethtown (270) 706-8699
Tom Davenport
Plastics Technology 7/15-18 8:30-12:30 16
 Gateway Angie Taylor
Carissa Shultzman
Energy 7/15-18 8:00-12:00 30
 Gateway (859) 442-1706
Carissa Shultzman
Manufacturing 7/8-11 8:00-12:00 30
 Hazard (606) 487-3136
Jennifer Lindon
Healthcare 6/24-27 10:00-2:30 12-15
 Henderson Rebecca Dale Manufacturing 6/10-13 8:30-12:30 20
 Hopkinsville Carol Kirves Manufacturing 6/17-20 12:30-4:30 15
 Hopkinsville (270) 707-3751
Carol Kirves
Agriculture 6/17-20 12:30-4:30 15
 Jefferson (502) 213-2424
Mary Hyland
Manufacturing 6/25-29 8:00-12:00 15
 Madisonville (270) 824-8660
Paula Pendergraff
Energy 8/13-16 8:00-12:00 21
 Maysville Lorrina Blevins Healthcare 7/29-31 8:30-12:30 40
 Maysville (606) 783-1538 ext. 66335
Mark Lambert
Multiple Industry Sector 6/4-6 8:00-12:00 40
 Owensboro Christy Ellis Energy/STEM 5/29-31 8:00-3:00 20-30
 Somerset (606) 451-6696
Jill Swearingen
Utility 7/22-25 8:00-12:00 10
 Southcentral Lewis Burke, Jr. Manufacturing 7/8-11 8:00-12:00 30
 Southeast (606) 248-2224
Sherri Clark
Energy 6/24-27 10:00-2:00 20-30
 West Kentucky (270) 534-3206
Kevin O'Neill
Energy/Alternative Energy 6/17-20 8:00-12:00 20