SKILLS Collaborative

The future of work is evolving, and the mission of the SKILLS Collaborative is to help students prepare for the workforce of tomorrow. Our innovative educational programs are grounded in the principles of competency-based education and work-based learning. Through these programs, students build upon their current knowledge and abilities to advance their careers in high-demand fields, such as cybersecurity, information technology, and career and technical education.

Current Projects

Just as the future of work is constantly changing, so are we. Our work is built upon a foundation of empirical research, and our programming is continually developing and growing. See below for our current programming and make sure to check back frequently to find out what the SKILLS Collaborative can offer you.

Kentucky Teacher
Externship Program (KTEP)
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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)

Department of Labor grant funded project focused on renovating and expanding apprenticeships for a globally competitive workforce.

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New Teacher
Institute (NTI)
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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.

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Veteran's Accelerated Learning for Licenses Occupations (VALLO)
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Department of Labor grant funded project to explore education gaps in licensed occupations and create an accelerated educational pathway for veterans to obtain career licensing in nursing, social work, teaching, and behavioral health. 

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Master Educator
Course (MEC)
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Partnership with U.S. Army Cadet Command to deliver accredited courses designed to educate Army ROTC Cadre, as well as other military instructors and trainers, in pedagogy and instructional strategies, learning sciences, curriculum development, and other relevant topics. Development in these areas prepare Army ROTC Cadre to be successful members of their campus communities.

Kentucky Collaborative Opportunities to Modernize Practices, Engagement, Teams, and the Economy for Success (KYCOMPETES)

Kentucky Commission of Military Affairs (KCMA) grant funded project focused on examining ways to expand innovation of defense industrial base (DIB) businesses in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

Learn more about KY COMPETES