7:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Louisville Ranks 4th Among Peer Cities For Women In Science, Engineering, Tech and Math Jobs

Suzanne Bergmeister, center, with University of Louisville students who competed in a 2013 innovation competition.
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When Suzanne Bergmeister was young, her parents said she could be anything she wanted.  

So she became an engineer.

When she graduated from Rutgers’ University College of Engineering in 1984 “less than 20 percent” of women were pursuing a career in engineering, she said.

The percentage of women actually working in engineering in the 1980s was just about 5 percent, according to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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7:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Code Louisville Aims to Expand the Region's Available Tech Talent

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Aaron Wyatt wanted to learn how to develop computer software so fiercely that he almost went to San Francisco to spend $18,000 on a six-month program.  But then, a similar program was offered in Louisville.

"It kept me home," he said.

Plus, it was free and took nearly half the time.

Code Louisville is a cost-free initiative organized by KentuckianaWorks that aims to create a pool of capable workers who can code, program and develop computer systems. It's a bid to attract innovative technology companies to Louisville.

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10:25 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Ford Grants $100,000 to Promote Career Readiness Among High Schoolers

A $100,000 grant from Ford Motor Company will help transform some  Jefferson County high schools into career-themed academies.

The grant comes after 18 months of collaboration between  JCPS  officials and community leaders to develop a plan that will help prepare students for life after graduation.

JCPS Superintendant Donna Hargens said the Ford Next Generation Learning program will help connect the classroom to the workplace.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Winter Weather Chills Donations to Goodwill Stores in Kentucky

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A donation deficit at Goodwill stores across Kentucky is putting pressure on the organization’s budget.

Business traditionally slows down during winter months, but this year has been unusually affected by the cold weather, said Heather Hise, spokesperson for Goodwill Industries in Kentucky.

“Compared to last year, we are down 10,000 donations,” Hise said.

The decreased numbers of donations has led to more than just a smaller selection on shelves—it has also affected  employees.

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Local News
12:09 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Kentucky Unemployment Rate Stays Flat at 8.2 Percent

The latest numbers show Kentucky's unemployment rate staying flat from May to June.

The Office of Employment and Training says the jobs rate remained at 8.2 percent, which matches the national jobless figure.

This ends a long trend of monthly declines in the unemployment rate. The rate was 8.8 at the beginning of this year, and 9.6 in June of last year.

Arts and Humanities
4:24 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Speed Museum Begins Staff Re-Organization

The Speed Art Museum has eliminated eight full-time staff positions. The cuts were made in anticipation of the Speed’s $50 million renovation and expansion project, which will close the museum to the public until September 2015.

The affected positions are spread throughout the museum’s divisions and include jobs in visitor experience, collections, facilities, education, IT and security.

Museum director and CEO Charles Venable says some of the cuts were made in order to create new positions more closely aligned with the museum’s goals during its renovation period.

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Local News
6:30 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Legal Protection in Louisville: Diane Moten, Defining Fairness

When asked to describe herself, Diane Moten says: "I’m just a simple person. I work with the homeless. I’m a part time nanny. I like to bike, I like to run and walk. Actually, I’m also a minister. The church ordained me last year. I say that in some situations to be helpful to folks when I do jail visits or hospital visits. I’m a pretty outgoing person, and I’m the type of person, if you’re willing to ask me a question, I’ll answer any question anyone wants me to answer."

Years before the city of Louisville offered legal protections to residents based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, Diane Moten was working at a daycare center when coworker asked her if she was a lesbian. She answered yes, and was fired within a week; her employer said she could no longer be trusted around children.

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