Abramson says Fancy Farm is outdated; Announces education project during Rotary speech

08/09/2012 05:16 PM

Many big name Kentucky Democrats skipped this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic, and the excuses varied: Gov. Steve Beshear was in Europe, there were no statewide races this year, and some Democrats did not want to weigh in on Obama.

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson declined to attend because he and his wife were celebrating their anniversary. But he told the Louisville Rotary Club Thursday that he didn’t miss being at the annual political speaking event at the Fancy Farm picnic.

“I think the days of yelling and screaming at folks who are up on the stage — just to yell and scream and make fun of them are days of the past,” Abramson said of the event. “Where was I? It was my anniversary.”

Abramson also told more than 200 Rotarians attending the lunch at the Louisville’s Galt House that he’s focusing on education this fall. He announced plans to introduce a pilot program in three counties aimed at encouraging more students to go to college.

The pilot program is modeled after the 55,000 degrees initiative in Louisville where the city hopes to add 40,000 bachelor’s degrees and 15,000 associate degrees by 2020.

Abramson will launch the pilot program in Lawrence and Campbell counties and Bullitt Central High School.

Abramson also said many employers in Kentucky can’t find employees with the skills to match the jobs they have available.

“There are jobs galore in terms of advance manufacturing in Northern Kentucky and they are not putting out enough graduates out of the Gateway Community College,” Abramson said.

He announced a plan to start academies next summer that would bring in prospective community college students and their families to explain the certificates offered and careers that wait for those kids in Kentucky.


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