Ready to Work

The Ready to Work (RTW) Program is a partnership between Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) and the KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services (DCBS). RTW serves HCTC students and parents who are low income in Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Owsley, Perry, and Wolfe Counties. Participants receive paid work experience on and off campus; counseling, advising, and mentoring; referrals to community resources; job references and referrals; job readiness, life skills, and academic success seminars.

Work and Learn (W&L)

The RTW program services have expanded to include adult basic education students who are working toward their GEDs and high school graduates who are brushing up on some basic skills before entering college. W&L services are now available to adult basic education students to help make their transition to college a smooth and successful one in all of the surrounding 7 counties. 

Ready to Work/Work and Learn work-study

RTW and W&L offer work opportunities both on and off campus through a work-study program. Participants gain work experience while earning extra income that will not reduce their K-TAP benefits. The placement of work-study students in their fields of study with both private and non-profit employers helps prepare them for the workplace and often leads to full-time employment. 

Please call or email if you would like more information about RTW/W&L Program requirements. Contact information is below by counties served. 

Contact Information

Ready to Work Coordinator
(Knott, Leslie and Perry Counties)

Melissa Johnson
HCTC-Technical Campus
101 Vo-Tech Dr., Dow 121A
Hazard Kentucky 41701

Phone: 606-487-3646
Fax: 606-487-3629
Email: melissad.johnson@kctcs.edu

Ready to Work Coordinator
(Breathitt, Lee, Owsley, and Wolfe Counties)

Shirley Robinson
HCTC Jackson Campus
601 Jefferson Ave., Jackson Hall, Rm 116
Jackson, KY 41339

Phone: 606-487-3417
Fax: 606-487-3466
Email: srobinson0209@kctcs.edu

Work and Learn Case Manager (Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Owsley, Perry, and Wolfe Counties)

Kendra Turner
HCTC-Technical Campus
101 Vo-Tech Dr., DOW 121K
Hazard, KY 41701                                                                                                                

Phone: 606-487-3322                                                                                                                 
Fax: 606 487-3629
Email: kturner0070@kctcs.edu