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Free job training programs in Kentucky.

Many of the programs offered for the unemployed in Kentucky are provided by One-Stop Career Centers and the Office of Employment and Training. Among other services provided, the state maintains listings of current job openings, resource centers provide services such as resume reviews, and counselors can help clients enroll into several private and/or government funded job training programs. Find how and where to get free job training, career services and support in in KY near you below. A number of employment assistance programs are available for those who need to attain self-sufficiency. The main customer service number is (502) 564-0871 for referrals as well.

Most counties and major towns have One-Stop Career Centers that can provide services to the unemployed and job seekers. They also provide assistance to people who are looking to learn a new skill or increase their income. A number of resources are offered from the on site Resource Centers.

If you need to plan your career, get a job, find out your interests and skills, or enhance your marketability to employers in Kentucky, then the Resource Centers may be able to help throughout this process. They offer a number of free programs and services. Examples of what can be used by qualified clients include word-processing and resume preparation software, Internet access, use of printers, telephones, copiers, fax machines, instructive materials, tutorials and information on a large number of job openings. Strengthening your computer and software skills can lead to more advanced and higher income job opportunities.

Counselors at the Kentucky sites can help people Self-Register with Office of Employment and Training or file Unemployment Claims over the Internet. They will also provide job seekers with information on local labor market conditions and career information. Or assistance can be offered too, including information on free Internet programs.

Use the tools and resources on your own too. Personal Computers are available for your use, free of charge. You can enter your resume into the Kentucky Talent Bank, access to local, regional, statewide and national job listings, and take tests or workshops on Skill Level testing in Typing, Spelling, Grammar, Math, and Data Entry. Assistive Technology is located on site for the Visually Impaired or disabled.

Veteran assistance programs are offered and this is done as a priority. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training’ offices have specialized and highly trained Employment Representatives who focus on the needs of veterans and anyone who served in the military, even reservists.




These Outreach Specialists are assigned specifically to help military members, their spouses, and veterans with their employment and training needs. They also partner with other government organizations and non-profits such as the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans' Employment and Training Service. The assistance can help them improve their employability and career options in the civilian workforce.

The One-Stop Career Centers have information on the state’s largest resource of job openings. They are also part of the national network of Employment Services, which is an organization that operates across the United States. Counselors and staff on site can connect residents with employment opportunities both in Kentucky and nationwide through America's Job Bank. The offices can provide clients with access to employment related services conveniently through one source or database.

More specialty resources are available as well. Your local center, as well as the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, administrates a number of programs and services that are designed to assist senior citizens and disabled individuals with specific needs. Federal government funded programs, such as SCSEP, are focused on placing individuals over the age of 55 into part time jobs that provide both experience and a source of income to families.

Training classes and workshops are offered for people that are unemployed or that currently have jobs. Many of the clients of the job training in Kentucky are fully employed and are just looking to acquire a new skill or experience to further their career. Some of the classes and workshops provide Microsoft Word classes, distribute advice regarding interview techniques, and have Workshops on Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques. Some of them are held as tutorials which allow people to learn at their own pace. Many are held in partnership with Kentucky community action agencies, which are an effective resource for help including computers, internet, and more.

Job Placement and Search services are widely available. Most employers in your local county or county list their available job openings with the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. This will usually include a complete job description and also a list of qualifications required for the position.

However, note that in order to access this information you will need to register at the One-Stop Career Centers. Clients will need to provide information relating to your experience, work history, current skills and any special education and training that you may have. This will allow a counselor from your local Career Centers to conduct a more effective job search with you. When a job matching your experience, interests and qualifications occurs, the candidate will be contacted by your agency staff or Local Veteran Representatives. This process will help automate the process.





The federal government provides Kentucky grants as part of the Workforce Investment Act. The state will use this money to provide assistance to the disabled, youth, displaced workers, and seniors. There are a few core components of this resource, including core services, intensive case management, and more in depth training.

As an example of the assistance offered by the WIA program, a displaced or unemployed worker is someone who either just lost their job or was notified of an upcoming termination. Specialists from your local One-Stop Career Centers will work with that individual who was impacted. Customers can have an assessment completed of their current skills, learn about local job openings that may fit their background, and be able to register for free educational or training programs that are held across Kentucky.

Locations of job centers in KY

There are many government career centers in Kentucky, and find one near you below. Or dial  (502) 564-0871 for customer service.

Owensboro Area Career Center
Counties Served: Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, and also Webster.
Main address is 121 East Second Street
Owensboro, Kentucky 42303
Call 270-687-7297

Lincoln Trail Career Center
Regions and counties supported include Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, and Washington.
There are a few locations for this center as per below. Call them for information on free career counseling, job training resources, and other resources.

  • 860 West Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, KY 40004, 502-348-2709
  • 916 North Mulberry, Elizabethtown, KY 42701, telephone number is 270-766-5115
  • 125 East Market Street, Leitchfield, KY 42754, dial 270-259-4912
  • 145 Cemetery Road, Lebanon, Kentucky 40033, call 270-692-6870

One Stop Northern Kentucky
This office assistance people in Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton County.
Main address is 8020 Veterans Memorial Drive
Florence, KY 41042
Call 859-371-0808
A second office is at 320 Garrard Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011, call 859-292-6666

Breathitt Career Center is for the Local Workforce Area of Purchase/Pennyrile
Job Net Career Center
Counties - Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Trigg.
Main address is 110 Riverfront Drive
Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42241-1128
Call 270-889-6509 for hours.

Additional offices for these several counties can be found here.

  • 755 Industrial Road, Madisonville, KY 42431, dial 270-821-9966
  • Or contact the Paducah Career Center, 416 South 6th Street, Paducah, KY 42002-1267. Telephone: 270-575-7000
  • Mayfield Career Center, 319 South 7th Street, Mayfield, KY 42066-0449, 270-247-3857

TENCO's Ashland
Towns and counties supported are Bath, Boyd, Bracken, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Montgomery, Robertson, and Rowan.
The main offices to call or stop by are below.





  • One-Stop Career Center, 1844 Carter Avenue, Ashland, Kentucky 41101, call 606-920-2024
  • TENCO's Maysville One-Stop Career Center is located at 201 Government Street, Maysville, KY 41056, call 606-564-3347
  • A third location is at 26 Bradley Ave., Morehead, Kentucky 40351.

Bowling Green and Glasgow Area Career Centers
They serve Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren County.
803 Chestnut Street, Bowling Green, KY 42102, dial 270-746-7425

  • 445 North Green Street, Glasgow, Kentucky 42141, 270-651-2121

The residents of several other counties can access employment assistance from this center. Additional counties served: Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, and Woodford.

  • Central Kentucky Job Center is located at 121 East Broadway, Danville, KY 40423, 859-239-7411
  • A second office is 1000 West Main Street, Georgetown, KY 40324, call 502-863-2402
  • 15 W. Lexington Ave, Winchester, KY 40391, (859)737-7793
  • Or stop by 1055 Industry Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40505, dial 859-258-3140
  • 595 South Keeneland Drive, Richmond, KY 40475, telephone number is 859-624-2564

Cumberlands Workforce Network operates several offices in the region as indicated below.
Offers assistance for Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, and Whitley County. Call for information on free career counseling, computer labs, and other employment services.

  • 1311 East Broadway, Campbellsville, KY 42718, call 270-465-2335
  • Corbin Career Center, 310 Roy Kidd Avenue, Corbin, KY 40702, call 606-528-3460
  • Somerset Career Center, 410 East Mt. Vernon Street, Somerset, KY 42501, main number is 606-677-4124
  • Russell County Career Center, 2384 Lakeway Drive, Russell Springs, KY 42642, 270-866-6733

Bell County JobSight
Counties Served: Bell, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, and Wolfe.

  • Bell-Whitley CAA, Inc., 129 North Pine Street, Pineville, Kentucky 40977, main number is 606-337-3044
  • Clay County JobSight, Daniel Boone Development Council, Inc., 1535 Shamrock Road, Manchester, KY 40962, telephone number is 606-598-5127
  • Perry County JobSight, LKLP CAC, Inc., 412 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard, KY 41701, main number is 606-436-3161

KentuckianaWorks One Stop Career Center is for residents of Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble County.

  • Nia Center, 2900 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40211. Call 502-574-4100 for intake.
  • 610 West Cedar Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, dial
  • 505 Buffalo Run Road, Suite 100, Shepherdsville, KY 40165, main phone number is 502-955-9131


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