Trace Die Cast

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The 10-county region of south central Kentucky currently has several thousand open jobs. Business and education leaders are working on multiple fronts to attract and train workers to fill those positions.  

One major reason for the shortage of workers in Kentucky, and across the nation, is the retirement of large numbers of Baby Boomers, people born between 1946 and 1964.

Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch said even as the region tries to fill those thousands of current vacancies, the number of open positions is expected to increase dramatically in the future. 

Rhonda J. Miller

One of the biggest barriers refugees face when they arrive in America is learning English.  A program in Louisville, Kentucky helps refugees who are 60 and older cross the language barrier.

“How long has she been in the United States?”

(Conversation in Kinyarwanda language) One year and five months.”

“So she came here when she was 88 years old?”

“She was 89.”

Rhonda J Miller

South central Kentucky is expected to have 22,000 open jobs in the next five years. That’s going to intensify the current shortage of workers in the state - an issue that’s facing the entire country.

One Warren County company saw refugees arriving at the International Center in Bowling Green as the way to get ahead of the competition for quality employees. 

The factory floor of Trace Die Cast in Bowling Green is loud—so loud, workers and visitors wear ear plugs anytime they’re on the premises. This is the sort of place that provides the blue collar manufacturing jobs that we keep hearing are in such short supply these days.