SKILLS Collaborative


Skills Collaborative

What We Do

What is the future of work and the workforce? What will workers need to succeed in the future workforce? How can we bring together what we know about this need, and what we do about it?

The purpose of the Study of Knowledge Initiatives for Learning, Leadership, and Success (SKILLS) Collaborative is to answer questions like these, bridging the gap between knowledge about work and the workforce, and initiatives with work and the workforce. The SKILLS Collaborative is a space that studies and delivers workforce and work-based learning experiences by examining the emerging and futuristic imagination of work and the workforce through an education and human development lens.

Our Projects

Cybersecurity Certifications, Careers, & Communities (C4)

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We are building career pathways to cybersecurity jobs, drawing heavily on service members, veterans, and their dependents. 

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Kentucky CTE Teacher SKILLS Program

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This program reskills Career & Technical Education (CTE) teachers in Kentucky to better prepare their students for work-based learning experiences. 

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Modern Apprenticeship Pathways to Success (MAPS)

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We are making Kentucky more the globally competitive by building apprenticeships in healthcare, IT, and advanced manufacturing.

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New Teacher

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The New Teacher Institute is a 24-month induction model for all occupation-based Career and Technical Education teachers pursuing professional teacher certification in Kentucky.

Learn more about NTI

Veteran's Accelerated Learning for Licenses Occupations (VALLO)

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This is a 3-year Department of Labor grant that explores education gaps in licensed occupations and creates an education bridge to allow veteran’s to obtain the necessary education to be licensed in that occupation. 

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Course (MEC)

MEC is an accredited, educational experience designed to educate Army ROTC Cadre, as well as other military instructors and trainers, in the pedagogy and administration of higher education.

Contact Us

Interested in learning more about the SKILLS Collaborative? Or perhaps you'd like to collaborate with us?
Click below or email Robert Kubash at to get the conversation started.

Sponsor Kentucky Science and Technology Center (KSTC)PI & Project DirectorJeffrey C. Sun, J.D., Ph.D.

Project Contact Robert Kubash,

Description The VALLO grant is a 3 year Department of Labor grant for the purpose of exploring education gaps in licensed occupation and where possible creating an education bridge to allow veteran’s to obtain the necessary education to be licensed in that occupation. UofL participates on the team from the 4 year university perspective looking at Nursing Pathways, Social Work Pathways, and Teacher Education and Licensing. It is my understanding that the grant started in July 2018 and finishes in July 2021.