WASHINGTON, D.C.  – After advocacy from Congressman James Comer’s office, the Delta Regional Authority and U.S. Department of Labor have announced a $277,291 grant to advance workforce development efforts at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC).

The funding will allow WKCTC to expand a vocational education program for non-violent offenders in the McCracken County Jail, as part of an effort to provide new skills for local citizens and a qualified workforce for area employers.

“As our economy recovers from COVID-19, it is now more important than ever that we have a quality workforce available to meet the challenges of the 21st century economy,” said Congressman Comer. “Local officials and education leaders in Paducah have worked tirelessly to pursue this funding and improve the economy in West Kentucky, and I’m proud to see their efforts pay off.”

Congressman Comer wrote a letter of support for the grant and toured the McCracken County Jail in January to see their workforce development efforts firsthand.