More than 1,200 students participate
On October 2, 2019 the inaugural “Bus 2 Business” Day was held. This program focused on making connections between high school students and businesses in their communities. Statewide, more than 1,200 students participated in the event.
The event allowed students to take a bus to visit with a local employer to learn more about career opportunities close to home.
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Workforce Center and Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Kentucky teamed up to launch the initiative. The day provided a chance for students to tour businesses, complete hands-on work-based learning activities, and speak directly with business leaders about career pathways available in their organization.
“We are thrilled that the inaugural Bus to Business Day helped provide an opportunity for students across Kentucky to get a close up look at exciting career opportunities. It is vital for employers to be engaged and this was a perfect way to bring everyone together to help build our future workforce,” said Beth Davisson, executive director of the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center.
“Throughout Kentucky, industry leaders are facing a talent crisis and are recognizing the need to view high school students as potential employees. Collaborative efforts like Bus to Business provide opportunities for students to explore careers, and for employers to capture the interest of future employees. The JAG KY program produces graduates who are resilient and prepared to meet the needs of Kentucky’s employers; this initiative was a natural fit for our mission and we are thankful for the opportunity,” said Lisa Handziak, president of JAG Kentucky.
The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and JAG KY, along with businesses across the state, are providing funding to make Bus to Business possible.
The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center is an arm of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce that is leading efforts to address the state’s workforce challenges. JAG Kentucky is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping students overcomes barriers to graduation and transitioning into postsecondary education, the workforce or the military following graduation.
Press Release from the Kentucky Chamber