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Kentucky Career Center - Cumberlands

High Impact Workforce Development Board

Mission Statement

"To invest in the local economy by developing opportunities for employers to access a skilled workforce, and for workers to access training and quality jobs."

Vision Statement

"The One-Stop System will be where the community goes for its workforce needs."

CWDB - Who We Are

The Cumberlands Workforce Development Board (CWDB) is a 27 member advisory board that includes representatives for 13 counties which includes the 10 counties of the Lake Cumberland Area Development District and 3 counties of the Cumberland Valley Area Development District. The goal of the CWDB is to invest in the enhancement of our workforce and business community.

The CWDB has oversight of the Kentucky Career Centers located within the Cumberlands region, provide Youth, Adult, Dislocated Worker and Trade services that lead to employment through training or other related activities with funds provided by the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act. The board approves training providers for customers training, partner with economic development, employer community and promote private sector involvement in the workforce system and serves as an advisory body to local education and training providers.


Partnered with other local partners to create a High Growth Training Center which has evolved into a Lineman Training Center that is helping to shore up the shortage of trained electrical lineman within our state. Received grants that allow for training in needed areas within our region including healthcare, utility, green energy, summer youth employment and paid work experience for both youth and adults that focused on longtime employment. Partnered with other workforce areas through the WIRED65 initiative to create a regional approach to economic development.


Cumberlands Workforce Development Board

County/Regional Name Representing Organization/Position
Adair Monica Shuffett Business Quality Personnel (QPI, Inc.)/Marketing Director
Casey Wendell Emerson Business Emerson Enterprises, LLC/President
Clinton Karen Talbott Business Lifeline Home Health/RN Branch Manager
Cumberland Vickie Wells Business First and Farmers Bank/President
Cumberland Steven Sanders Business Jomel Seams Reasonable
Green Justine Landrum Business Longhunters Coffee and Tea/Co-Owner
Laurel Sandra Painter Business Jackson Energy/VP Member Services
McCreary Alex Egnew Business Outdoor Venture Corp.
Pulaski Virginia Dial Business L&N Federal Credit Union/Manager
Rockcastle Jana Bray Business Rockcastle Regional Hospital, Dir. of Public Relations
Russell Daryl Hammond Business Duo County Telecom/Chief Financial Officer
Taylor Deborah Burris Business Frost Arnett/HR Manager
Wayne Samuel Brown Business Monticello Physical Therapy/Physical Therapist
Whitley JoAnn Siler Business Siler Implement/Co-Owner
Regional Robert Akin Workforce Kentucky L.E.C.E.T./President/Central KY Building Trades/Apprenticeships
Regional Larry King Workforce National Federation of Federal Employees/National V.P. for Forest Service
Regional Scott Pierce Workforce IUOE Local 181/Member of IUOE Local 181
Regional Mike Buckles Workforce Daniel Boone Development Council/Executive Director
Regional Rebecca Wilson Workforce Goodwill Industries of Kentucky/Workforce Development Manager
Regional Richard Foley Workforce Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation/Director
Regional Janet Slayden Education & Training  Kentucky Adult Education/Associate
Regional Alesa Johnson Education & Training  Somerset Community College/Associate Dean
Regional Darin DeShazor Education & Training  Pine Knot Job Corp/Vocation Specialist
Regional Joshua Pierce Government & Economic Development  Office of Employment & Training, Regional Program Manager
Regional Brent Sturgill Government & Economic Development  Office of Vocational Rehabilitation/East KY Regional Program Manager
Regional Brett Traver Government & Economic Development  SKED/Executive Director


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