Former state Rep. Alecia Webb Edgington to help "at risk" individuals get back on their feet
01/17/2017 06:05 PM
COVINGTON – Former state representative and U.S. Department of State official Alecia Webb-Edgington is back in northern Kentucky as president of the Life Learning Center in Covington, a public charity that serves the northern Kentucky region by providing a holistic, integrated continuum of learning and care to help “at risk” individuals achieve their highest potential.
Webb-Edgington, had a 15-year career with the Kentucky State Police where she retired as a Major and Chief Information Officer in the Technical Services Division.
After that, she served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security under then-Governor Ernie Fletcher, before serving for 4 years in the General Assembly from 2008-2012.
In 2012, she ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for U.S. Congress.
Prior to taking her current position, she served as Senior Police Advisor at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.
With her background, Webb-Edgington felt like that she could bring a lot of beneficial experience to the job.
“Obviously, I’ve had an opportunity to recognize the poverty in our area, the crime rate in our area, specifically the drug issues that we have here in the region,” Webb-Edgington said. “I’ve been in this criminal justice system for more than 30 years so, I think this is an opportunity for me now to look at the other side of this, to look at our clients.”
The program requires a time commitment for all participants.
“We have a 12-week curriculum that focuses on 5 different pillars,” Webb-Edgington said. “It’s physical, spiritual, relationships, emotional, and financial. So, we are looking to do this transformational change that’s long term, where they can sustain their lives, then they can also contribute. It’s multidimensional because we want people to recognize that they need to change, and we want them to be able to sustain that.”
At this point in time, Webb-Edgington doesn’t see herself getting back into politics anytime soon.
“I think this is the best political game in the world right now,” Edgington said. “I want all individuals that I’ve had the good fortune to work with to come back and let’s work together to create a better community here in Covington, northern Kentucky, and this region, regardless of your partisan politics, or your religious organization. We need everyone.”
The program has graduated over 100 candidates this past year. To date, there have been over 1,266.
Seventy percent of the candidates become employed during or after completing the program, and 60 percent retain their job just after 1 year.
Webb-Edgington is appreciative of the many partnerships that her organization has with the businesses in the community such as the Radisson, Amazon, The Gruff restaurant and Convergys.
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