Mayor Fischer announces next phase of Reskilling Initiative to provide free online tech training during COVID-19 outbreak

May 15, 2020

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a second phase of free online tech training to help Louisvillians prepare for in-demand jobs.

In April, the Mayor announced the COVID-19 Reskilling Initiative, which offered free online tech training courses through the Future of Work initiative. Over the past three weeks, more than 4,000 people responded by going to www.futurelou.com to get connected to free, online, self-paced resources. 

“That’s a terrific start to this program,” said the Mayor. “And it shows that the people of our city are embracing our value of lifelong learning.”

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In the second phase launched today, the Reskilling Initiative will provide instructor-led trainings aligned with career paths that are in-demand in the data economy. Louisville Metro Government and the Future of Work are partnering with Humana, the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council and the tech education firm General Assembly on the project.

These short-form offerings will provide Louisville residents with the opportunity to explore data-focused career tracks, including data analytics, digital marketing, software engineering, and user experience design in sessions ranging from two to three hours.

“Thanks to the generosity of our partners, we have 500 slots available for Louisvillians to take these courses, develop new skills, and learn more about what a career in these fields actually looks like,” the Mayor said. “People interested in digital marketing will build a campaign. Data analysts will work on cleaning a real data set. And much more.”

Mayor Fischer was joined at his media briefing today by Alisia McClain, Director of Community and Education Initiatives for the Future of Work Initiative.

"We’re so excited to announce this next phase of our Upskilling initiative focused on being sure all parts of our community have the skills and experiences they need to be successful in the emerging data economy,” McClain said. “We were excited about the overwhelming response to the self-paced online programs. But we know that many people, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, will be more likely to complete with support.”

There are 500 slots available for this phase of the Reskilling Initiative. To take advantage of this opportunity, sign up for the Future of Work Initiative at http://futurelou.com/ or reach out to the Future of Work Initiative at fleur@futurelou.com.

Daily COVID-19 data

As of Friday, there have been 42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisville, bringing the total to 1,864 with 1,153 recoveries. There have been no additional deaths since Thursday. The confirmed Louisville total remains at 126.

Currently, 50 members of LMPD, Louisville Fire, Metro EMS, Metro Corrections and the Sheriff’s Office are off-duty due to COVID-19:

  • 17 are off with positive tests and in self-isolation.
  • 27 are off and quarantined due to exposure to someone with a positive test.
  • 6 are “screened off” with symptoms and tested, or due to be tested, but have not received test results.

Positive test numbers for first responders/public safety since the incident began:

  • 46 positive tests.
  • 29 have fully recovered and returned to duty.

Metro Corrections inmate data for May 15:

  • 543 inmates have been tested.
  • 7 positives.

City working to help restaurants reopen safely

Mayor Fischer said his administration is working with Louisville Metro Council and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office to help the local restaurant community safely resume serving patrons in their establishments next week.

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced that restaurants in Kentucky may reopen their dining rooms on May 22, but the state has set a strict series of health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We believe in our award-winning Louisville food scene and the people who create it. We want to do everything to help it succeed and to do it in a way that they, their staff and customers stay safe from the virus,” the Mayor said.

Because restaurants are being limited to 33 percent of indoor seating capacity to allow for safe social distancing, the city is expediting the process of allowing Louisville eateries to expand outdoor seating.

“We are working to clear as many legal and procedural hurdles as we can,” Mayor Fischer said.

On Thursday, Metro Council passed an emergency ordinance allowing Louisville restaurants to use sidewalks, parking lots, and other open areas for outdoor dining. It also extended liquor licenses to include outdoor seating.

“I want to thank the Metro Council for passing this emergency ordinance to help restaurants more easily expand outdoor seating and service,” the Mayor said. “Thanks also to the County Attorney’s Office and our team at Louisville Forward for working together and taking such quick action to help our restaurant partners.”

Connie Mendel, deputy director of the Louisville Metro Department of Health & Wellness, joined the Mayor at his afternoon briefing to help explain the requirements for reopening a restaurant to customers.

The rules include requiring masks and daily temperature checks for restaurant employees and the use of disposable utensils.

“We understand the eagerness to get back to serving their loyal customers, and we want to help,” Mendel said. “But this will only work if everyone follows the health and safety protocols. The people who run our local restaurants already take great pride in operating clean and healthy establishments, so we believe they are up to meeting this new challenge.”

For a complete list of Kentucky’s Healthy at Work restaurant guidelines, go to https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work.

Personal protective equipment donation

Mayor Fischer today thanked the Ahiska Turks Community Center of Kentucky for its donation of 200 cloth face masks to Louisville Metro Government.

“We’ll distribute those – as we do all donations – to folks who need them, like frontline healthcare workers and first responders,” the Mayor said. “Thank you so much to the people of the Ahiska Turks Community Center of Kentucky for this show of compassion.”

Organizations that have the capacity to donate or produce personal protective equipment (PPE) should contact Metro Government at covid19resources@louisvilleky.gov.

“The Doctor Is In” at Saturday tele town hall

Mayor Fischer will host a Facebook Live tele town hall on Saturday morning with his regular guest, Dr. Jon Klein, to answer medical questions about the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dr. Klein is the vice dean for research at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

To participate, go to www.facebook.com/MayorGregFischer at 10 a.m. Saturday.