Lifelong Learning

Major education initiative

A new organization designed to better align community resources in Louisville to ensure that every child is prepared for college, career and a successful, productive life made great headway in 2018, including the hiring of an executive director.

The organization, currently called Cradle to Career/Louisville Promise until completion of a branding effort, will provide comprehensive wrap-around services needed by students to be ready for and to succeed in college — as well as a scholarship that eliminates a barrier that keeps too many from realizing their goals.


Workforce training

  • KentuckianaWorks helped nearly 3,000 people get jobs, creating an additional annual payroll of more than $61 million.
  • KentuckianaWorks also helped lead implementation of the new Academies of Louisville at 14 JCPS high schools, where students will graduate with relevant work experience, industry certifications and real-world experience in addition to a diploma.
  • Code Louisville’s software training program, which trains and connects individuals to new tech jobs and careers at an average salary of nearly $50,000, celebrated the milestone of placing 250 people in jobs since the program began in 2014.


Summer Initiatives

  • SummerWorks set new records with 6,200 youth employed by Champion Employers, and 1,004 youth directly placed and mentored.
  • Nearly 50,000 children and teens participated in the Louisville Free Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program, which offers prizes and incentives to encourage kids to read for fun over the summer.
  • More than 30,500 youths enrolled in our Cultural Pass program, which provides free access to many of our community’s arts and cultural institutions.