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WKCTC EKU Partnership Could Provide Specialized OSHA Training In Western Kentucky

West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has partnered with Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) for a unique educational opportunity to provide a wide variety of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training courses to students, employees and employers in Western Kentucky.

EKU, located in Richmond, Ky., is one of only 28 OSHA Training Institute Education Centers in the United States. The partnership will allow authorized OSHA trainers from EKU to travel to Paducah and teach specialized classes on the WKCTC campus. Consequently, respective trainees will be able to receive training in Paducah and the local region as opposed to going to sites in places such as Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Nashville, St. Louis, said Larry Gearheart, WKCTC workforce development liaison.

Dozens of class types can be offered, but WKCTC and EKU are conducting a survey to gauge regional interest in order to more accurately determine which courses would be of local benefit. Anyone in the community can participate in the survey at The deadline for completing the survey is December 10.

This select and quite specialized training will provide employment and advancement opportunities for students and employees as well as enable employers to provide training to their employees to ensure employee safety and health in the workplace Gearheart said. As a workforce development liaison, it is indeed personally gratifying when an exciting partnership opportunity arises whereby two prestigious institutions of higher learning, and extensive numbers of students, employees and employers can all greatly benefit both at a personal and professional level. We hope the community will participate in the survey to let us know what they think about this great opportunity.

For more information about the OSHA training center survey, contact Larry Gearheart at, 270-534-3337.