Ready to Work

What is "Ready to Work?"

A partnership between the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Ready to Work is designed to promote the success of Kentucky Transititional Assistance Program (K-TAP) recipients who attend community and technical colleges and to provide short-term training opportunities.
Let us help with:

  • Job references and referrals
  • Short term training, job skills, and academic success seminars
  • Counseling, advising, and mentoring
  • Agency referrals

What is "Work and Learn?"

Ready to Work services have been expanded to include K-Tap adult basic education students who are working toward their GED and high school graduates updating basic skills. Work and Learn assists students by helping them make the transition to college smooth and successful.

What is "Work Study?"

Ready to Work provides work opportunities both on-campus and off-campus through Work Study programs. Parents gain work experience while earning extra income that will not reduce their K-TAP checks. The placement of Work Study students with both private and non-profit employers helps prepare them for the workplace.


  • Parents gain work experience and job retention skills
  • Parents earn extra income that will not reduce their
    K-Tap checks
  • Employers have an opportunity to recruit KCTCS students and graduates


How can Ready to Work help?

If you are on K-TAP - know your resources (We sign DCBS forms (KW-105A or PA-33's, etc). We can work with your K-TAP case manager to find money and we can work with the college staff and faculty to help with:

  • Assessing career goals and choices
  • Connecting with advisors, instructors and counselors
  • Helping with difficult classes
  • Workshops and seminars on parenting, communication, job retention, and study skills
  • Finding a job on or off campus
  • Childcare
  • School supplies
  • Navigating Admissions and Financial Aid processes
  • Advocating for special assistance on and off campus
  • Meeting and networking with peers
  • Obtaining financial assistance through Work Study positions (Work Study income will not reduce your K-TAP check)
  • Transportation and car repairs
  • Interview outfit and work clothing
  • $250 graduation bonus



Jessica Gipson
Coordinator of Ready to Work Program 
(606) 889-4723 

Anna Sanders 
Work and Learn Case Manager 
(606) 218-1214