Kentucky Works Program

Article By:  Tommy Wheatley, Kentucky Works Director

Newsletter   |   Jan 12, 2024

The Kentucky Works Program supports the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the following Kentucky counties. Anderson, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Franklin, Grayson, Hardin, Henry, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington, and Woodford. Our goal is to assess these individuals to identify barriers, work to overcome those barriers to make them self- sufficient. We also have job readiness classes to help with resumes, job search, job interviews, etc.
During this Fiscal year we received 235 referrals for the KTAP program. This number was up from 26 in the last fiscal year when COVID was having a big impact on our program. We placed 54 of these clients in work preparation activities with the majority of these doing volunteer hours to gain needed work experience. Our employment Specialists continue to follow up with these clients and track their hours to make sure they are successful. After helping our clients overcome barriers, we were able to place 86 in unsubsidized job placement which helped put them on the way to self-sufficiency. We currently have 39 clients employed in the KTAP Program. One success story is a lady that was hired at Inoac at $19.09 per hour.
On the SNAP Employment and Training Program we continue to reach out to these clients and complete assessments when they are referred to us. We had 1,259 referrals for the SNAP program during the last fiscal year. This is up from the 250 referrals we had for the last fiscal year.
We continually work with employers in our area to make sure we have the right job opportunities for our clients when they are ready to make that move and keep a current job listing in each of the counties we serve. We also work with our non-profit agencies in each of our counties to make sure we have an adequate number of job sites that are willing to take our clients to give them work experience to help them become self-sufficient. 
We continue to offer a wage subsidy program where the employer will be reimbursed for a portion of their wages during their first six months of employment if they hire one of our KTAP clients.