The Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board (LTWDB) has welcomed two new members, Tim White, human resources manager at Barton Brands, and Don Howerton, senior associate and administrative leadership team member with Kentucky Adult Education.
The LTWDB works to develop a pipeline of skilled workers who meet the needs of local employers, giving the Lincoln Trail region a globally competitive advantage that attracts new business investment.
White oversees efforts to find qualified talent at Barton Brands and sees firsthand the need for a skilled workforce in the manufacturing sector, he said. That’s why serving on the workforce development board is important to him.
“These days more and more credentials are required,” White said. “As the world becomes more competitive, we have to raise the bar and develop and attract a high-caliber workforce.”
With Kentucky Adult Education, Howerton works to ensure adult students achieve the academic skills and credentials they need to succeed in postsecondary education or the workforce.
“The adult education providers throughout the eight-county Lincoln Trail region are working tirelessly to give those who need it a second chance,” Howerton said. “I look forward to serving on the workforce development board and welcome the opportunity to assist in its efforts.”
LTWDB Chairman Mo Miller said White and Howerton bring significant expertise to the 23-member board, which represents private sector business, labor, education, economic development and workforce programs.
“The board brings together stakeholders to align education, training and workforce programs with the needs of in-demand job sectors right here in our region and to prepare workers for self-sustaining jobs,” Miller said. “Together, we’re developing a workforce that helps our region attract jobs and grow our quality of life.”