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The Kentucky Career Center and its partners make convenient, free resources available to help employers find highly qualified workers. Career Center offices are the focal point of Kentucky’s workforce system where workers and employers connect. The offices provide recruitment services to employers and job search and skill training services to workers. Kentucky Career Center offices match companies that need employees with workers who need jobs.

The Kentucky Career Center can:

  • Assist employers in locating qualified job applicants

  • Screen and test job seekers to match their needs

  • Fund eligible on-the-job training and customized training needs

  • Arrange space for job interviews, and schedule interviews via video conferencing

  • Provide access to detailed labor market information for the local area, Kentucky and the nation

  • Provide services to help both employer and employees when facing layoffs.

  • Make connections with vocational rehabilitation services (for people with disabilities) and services for the blind. 

  • Ensure Veterans receive priority of service on all employer job orders, providing a connection to a well-trained and disciplined workforce.

Focus Talent

Kentucky’s employer job posting portal, Focus Talent, allows employers to post job openings and search for resumes at no cost.

Employers may upload an existing job description or use the Focus Talent Job Post Wizard to build the job description with a skills-based questionnaire. Unlike traditional job-match systems, Focus Talent casts a much wider net to find the skills a job requires. Employers can either choose the most qualified candidates based upon a one to five star match, or view all candidates who possess some but not all of the skills requested on the job opening.


To complete the online form to post a job on Focus Talent, please click here.

For assistance, please contact Melissa Roberts

at (270) 577-2597 or email 

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Interview Space

The Kentucky Career Center in Owensboro contains two Conference Rooms, One Assessment Room, One Computer Lab, and One Interview Room that employers can utilize free of charge in order to conduct trainings or interviews.

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On-The-job training (OJT)

On-the-Job Training (OJT) is a training option provided under contract with an employer or registered apprenticeship program sponsor in the public, private non-profit or private sector.  Through the OJT contract, occupational training is provided which enables employers the opportunity to train new employees (trainees) on the specific knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job.


OJT is a hire-first program and the trainee begins their OJT as a full-time employee of the company that has agreed to provide the on-site training and long-term employment upon completion of the OJT.

Through the use of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds, the employer is reimbursed 50% of wages for up to a period of six months.


For more information, email

Melissa Roberts at

or call (270) 577-2597. You can download our brochure here.

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work based learning

The Kentucky Career Center promotes the development of good work habits and essential skills for individuals who are unable to retain employment due to lack of basic work readiness/employability skills through Work Based Learning (WBL) internships.

The intent of the WBL is to afford individuals (specifically youth ages 18-24) an opportunity to learn basic essential skills and provide job specific skills that could be transferable to a future career. 

The WBL participant will be compensated by GRADD along with Worker's Compensation Insurance, General Liability, and other required payroll taxes using Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds. 


For more information contact or call (270) 577-2597. You can download a brochure here.  

Incumbent Worker Training

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) under WIOA provides both workers and employers with the opportunity to build and maintain a quality workforce and increase both participants' and companies' competitiveness. It is a type of work-based training and upskilling designed to ensure that employees of a company can acquire the skills necessary to retain employment and advance within the company, or to acquire the skills necessary to avert a layoff. 

The Local Workforce Development Board can match the cost of the qualifying training based upon the number of employees. 

For more information, email Michelle Drake at or

call (270) 852-1312

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Rapid Response

A team of local and state representatives is trained to quickly react to announcements concerning permanent facility closures or substantial layoff situations. 

The Rapid Response team coordinates with the community and other local workforce development area resources and services available to the dislocated workers and employers. This assists the employers in managing the layoff and by identifying the specific needs of the affected employees.


For more information, email Michelle Drake at or

call (270) 852-1312

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