Winchester Students Help Pass State Legislation

Winchester Students Help Pass State LegislationIn March 2017, a group of seven students from the Winchester Cosmetology program attended a hearing of the Senate Committee on Licensing and Occupations in Frankfort.

Wearing bright red badges emblazoned with “Support HB 271” the students helped convince the members of the Committee to vote for its approval and refer the bill on to the full Senate.

The purpose of HB 271 is to reduce the required hours of training needed to qualify to take the cosmetology examination to become a licensed cosmetologist from 1,800 hours to 1,500 hours. By doing so, student debt will be reduced and the likelihood of students graduation will be increased.

The group was thrilled when the Committee approved HB 271 by a unanimous vote, rightly noting that they had made history.

Following their victory in the halls of the General Assembly the group visited the Kentucky State Capitol building, where they, for the first time, were able to gaze up into the Capitol dome, visit the chambers of the House of Representative, Senate and Supreme Court. Governor Bevin signed HB271 into law on March 21, 2017.


FHP Students Demonstrate Food Preparation Techniques

FHP Students Demonstrate Food Preparation TechniquesEvery other Tuesday Food and Hospitality students engage with Kroger customers at various locations throughout Lexington, doing cooking demonstrations.

This partnership has been a wonderful addition to the hands-on curriculum and allows the “real time” experience with customers that is so necessary.

The students are rotated in different capacities, as to allow everyone the opportunity to prep, cook and engage with the public professionally.


Dress for Success Becomes Centre Parkway Neighbor

Dress for Success Becomes Centre Parkway Neighbor.jpgThe mission of Dress for Success Lexington is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

As such, Dress for Success Lexington offers long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success provides its clients with professional attire and accessories, as well as the confidence and knowledge for women to actively define their own lives.


Employment Solutions has had a longtime relationship with Dress for Success and admires the many contributions this organization has made in our community. In January 2017 Dress for Success moved its operations to our 1165 Centre Parkway property in Lexington.


We are also excited that its proximity will make it much more convenient for the participants of Bluegrass Career Services and the students of the College for Technical Education to make use of its fine services.


Croley Clinic Improves Lives

Croley Clinic Improves LivesIt is an unfortunate fact than many people with intellectual disabilities exhibit behaviors that interfere with their ability to work and engage in the larger community.

The lack of verbal and cognitive abilities makes it very difficult for some people to understand and manage their own emotions and behaviors. This need has been recognized by the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services, which has created service categories known as behavioral and psychological supports. Using specially trained and certified Behavioral and Psychological Support Specialists, negative behaviors are replaced by encouraging positive ones.

However, it is also frequently the case that such interventions alone are inadequate and must be supplemented through the prescription of psychotropic medications by physicians. In most instances the physician and the person with an intellectual disability meet alone and without the presence of the Behavioral and Psychological Support Specialists, making coordination lacking or nonexistent.

In response, Life Works has contracted with Dr. Steven Croley to provide psychiatric consultation including the prescription of medications in sessions that include the client, Behavior and Psychological Support Specialist, as well as other care givers as needed.

This unique and much needed approach is most popular and has greatly improved the effectiveness of behavioral and psychological supports and medication management.


Self-Advocates for Freedom

Self-Advocates for Freedom.jpgAdults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities too frequently must contend with societal attitudes that do not regard them as adults or persons capable of making decisions that directly impact their quality of life.  Self-Advocates for Freedom is run for and by people with disabilities, committed to working in partnership to promote equal rights, inclusion, self-advocacy, support and education in all realms of life.


The Bluegrass Chapter of Self-Advocates for Freedom now meets monthly at 1084 Whipple Court. For additional information, contact Anna Kolokotsas 859-253-2658 ext. 225.


Community Partners Luncheon Celebrates Human Services Organizations

Community Partners Luncheon Celebrates Human Services OrganizationsIn March 2017, Employment Solutions and an audience of over 100 human services workers from throughout the region, along with parents, employers and persons served by Employment Solutions met in the conference center of the Fayette County Extension Office to celebrate our mutual successes.


Campus Kids Provides Hands-On Education

Campus Kids Provides Hands-On Education Although there are several post-secondary schools that offer programs in early childhood education in our area, only one provides its students with the opportunity to interact with children and develop lesson plans and other programing in an actual day care setting.

That special place is the Early Childhood program offered by the College for Technical Education. By working with children in an actual day care setting throughout the nine-month program, students are qualified to sit for the CDA exam and also prepared to assume the responsibilities of the child care professional upon graduation.


Lt. Gov. Hampton Delivers Commencement Address

Lt. Gov. Hampton Delivers Commencement AddressEmployment Solutions was honored to have Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton as commencement speaker at the July 22nd graduation ceremony of the College for Technical Education.

In her remarks, the lieutenant governor reminded students how, as in her own experience, life is likely to take you into unexpected directions.

She also strongly encouraged everyone to be lifelong learners. The enthusiastic audience of over 400 friends and family members cheered as 40 graduates walked across the stage at Imani Baptist Church in Lexington to accept their certificates.

Graduations are held by CTE on a semi-annual basis.