COVID-19 GROW NKY Partner Updates

COVID-19 GROW NKY: Workforce | Employment | Education Updates 

Updated as o 4/1/20

Kentucky Career Center – Northern KY:   
Current Updates –  
Visit the Job Search Marketplace feature on  Job Search Marketplace will allow job seekers to easily access the most up to date available jobs from employers in our region who are hiring during Covid-19.  Employers are posting these job opportunities daily. 

Job Search Marketplace: 
Beginning Thursday, April 2, the Kentucky Career Center-NKY will be hosting weekly on Facebook Live! Each week, the KCC will feature local employers, resources for job seekers and more. Tyson Brand is the first guest. Tune in for their info session at 9:30 a.m. Don't forget to "Like" Kentucky Career Center-NKY on Facebook @kentuckycareercenternky for reminders. 
Employers eligible for e-claim filing now include companies of at least 50 employees laying off at least 15 workers. Learn more 
Unemployment Insurance Expanded 
The Governor said unemployment eligibility has been expanded effective immediately due to COVID-19. Individuals typically not covered by unemployment insurance – including self-employed, independent contractors, freelance workers, substitute teachers, childcare workers employed by religious affiliated organizations and nonprofits – can now file. Those who left their job for “good cause” because of reasonable risk of exposure (self-quarantine) or due to caring for a family member affected by the virus are also eligible. To file a claim, visit 
Kentucky Career Center - Northern Kentucky works to connect local businesses to workforce talent, and job seekers to career opportunities. For more information visit or call the numbers noted below.  
Kentucky Career Center, Covington (859) 292-6666   

Kentucky Career Center, Florence (859) 372-8400   

Kentucky Career Center, Williamstown (859) 428-7519   

Kentucky Career Center, Carrollton (502) 662-0319     

CVG Career Center/ Kentucky Career Center (859) 767-6952    

Rural counties of Gallatin, Owen, and Pendleton may access virtual career services by emailing Heather Mullins at or calling (859) 428-7519 
Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Claims 

To file for unemployment in Kentucky, visit 

In order to serve you better, Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claims will be filed on a specific day of the week based on the first letter of your last name:  

Sunday A-D  

Monday E-H  

Tuesday I-L  

Wednesday M-P  

Thursday Q-U  

Friday V-Z  

Friday If you missed a day 

If you don’t complete your claim by Saturday at 11:59 pm, you will need to start the process over on the specific day of the next week.  

For more information on Unemployment Insurance go to 




Employment Resources: 

  • See the latest job openings at local companies via the KY Career Center at Job Search Marketplace 
  • Are you hiring or may be hiring soon? If so, please go to this page and fill out the Kentucky Chamber’s Covid-19: Who’s Hiring? Form 

Effective Wednesday, 3/18/20 – While virtual services will still be available to customers (see below for more info), All Kentucky Career Centers will close their doors to the public.  These closures now include the locations of Covington, CVG, Florence, Williamstown, and Carrollton.  
Governor Andy Beshear issues Executive Order removing mandatory seven-day waiting period to file unemployment insurance:  

As a precautionary measure, the Kentucky Career Center has elected to relocate the CVG Airport (CVG Career Center) operations to the Kentucky Career Center in Florence (8020 Veterans Memorial Dr.), effective Monday, March 16th. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. 

Life Learning Center 
Online Enrollments 

Candidates that have a smart phone or have access to a computer can access Life Learning Center’s website for online enrollment using the referral tab on  Life Learning Center will follow up with on-line referrals within one business day through the contact information provided. 

Walk in and Drop off referral from formalized partner, ensuring housing has been secured. 

Applications will be conducted in the front entrance foyer of Life Learning Center through a telephone to minimize person to person contact. Enrollment team will provide resources out the dual door on the east side of the Life Learning Center building.  Applicants will submit completed applications in the file rack in the front entrance foyer.   

Life Learning Center will follow up with applicant within one business day through the contact information provided. 

As individuals call to schedule an applicant interview, LLC Staff will assess and triage care needs such as food and clothing. If items are requested, individuals can pick up from LLC within that day. 

Life Journals will be distributed during the application process. 

Foundations for a Better Life Program: 

Education Continuum 

  • All programming for Candidates will be delivered remotely via the Zoom mobile platform (  Life Learning Center staff is sharing this process with all Candidates. The Zoom platform allows Life Learning Center staff to virtually engage with Candidates. Questions or problems using the  Zoom Account, email or call (859) 431-0100.  
  • Virtual Cohort Candidate Cap is 25 Candidates per Cohort.  
  • We will be holding an April Day and April Evening Cohort, April Orientation will be April 2, 2020 starting at 9:00 a.m. for Day Cohort and 5:00 p.m. for the evening Cohort.  

Care Continuum 

  • All Candidate Support Coordination between Candidates and volunteers will be conducted via telephone call or mobile platform. Questions shall be directed to Mitch Haralson at 
  • Any Candidate resource concerns shall be directed to Mitch Haralson at 
  • All Candidates from January, February, March and April Cohorts will receive a Care Call weekly from LLC Program Coordinator. Call will address the following: Care needs, employment status, contact info update for email, address and support group meetings along with updates with sponsors.  


  • Provide food boxes for Candidates in need, available for pickup at Life Learning Center front entrance foyer Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. by appointment. Each food box will contain 3-4 days of meals including frozen meals, fresh produce and an array of dry goods that will supplement or equal a meal.  
  • All candidates and member will be eligible for a food box every 3 days.  

Clothing Closet: 

  • Upon completion of a Care Resource Request, LLC staff will provide clothing to Candidates and Members.  

Facility Operation: 

  • Our facility is open from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for our team.  We have reduced our staff with a rotating scheduling. The phones are answered Tuesday – Thursday until 5:30 to field calls for classroom access on-line. 

Brighton Center is currently still providing services and training.  Some of their services have been altered and their work is changing on the daily. For updates visit:  
Employer Forum: COVID19 Resources & Best Practices Group  
GROW NKY partners, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Partners for a Competitive Workforce have provided an interactive repository to allow for more direct communication of employer workforce needs, best-practices, and opportunities and supports available across the Greater Cincinnati regional in response to COVID-19.  Members are encouraged to post workforce questions and comments, share best practices and resources, explore shared files, and directly connect with other members using the chat function. Please also share if you are an employer hiring with a link to your employment portal. Use the app or website to directly post to the wall.  Employers and partners are encouraged to participate by joining the “Employer Forum: COVID19 Resources & Best Practices" group at  
Multilingual Resources  
We want to ensure all immigrant, refugee, and international community members are informed about COVID-19. Therefore, we have collected some basic information, resources, and webpages below that are multilingual and that we hope you find useful. Please check back as we will continue to update and revise this resource page. Click the words in blue and pink for links to resources.   
Frost Brown Todd 
COVID-19 Business Disruptions and the Legal Implications for H-1B Employees 

Employer Resources via KY Labor Cabinet  
Kentucky Department of Public Health Site for COVID-19 (Kentucky’s site for COVID-19 information)  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (General Information)  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Situation Summary)  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Prevent Illness)  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (What to do if You are Sick)  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations)  

OSHA (Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19)  

OSHA (COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies-Fair Labor Standards Act & FMLA)  

OSHA (Additional Resources)  

World Health Organization (Technical Guidance)  

White House (COVID-19 Guidelines)  

USA (Government Response to COVID-19)  

US Food & Drug Administration (COVID-19) 

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet  

Gov. Beshear is waiving the waiting period for unemployment for those who are losing their jobs because of COVID-19 and will waive any work-search requirements while Kentucky’s state of emergency is in effect.  

 “We know the steps we are taking are going to cause people to lose their jobs,” Gov. Beshear said. “We want you to be able to qualify for unemployment and we don’t want to create impediments that keep you from being able to get through this. We are going to make sure we get through this together.”  
The Kentucky Career Center provides unemployment services when employees become unemployed at no fault of their own. Those workers can receive a small amount of money to help them make ends meet during unemployment. That money comes from unemployment insurance. Unemployment insurance is funded by payroll taxes. To file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits, the job seeker must be separated from your employer or experience a reduction in your work hours.  

Rapid Response unemployment insurance Fact Sheet for Job Seekers   
Kentucky Career Center unemployment insurance assistance locations   
10 Tips for a better unemployment insurance experience   
Early Childhood Education 
4C for Children 
Resources that can assist businesses with needs of their “essential workers”:    

Childcare providers in our area offering limited duration childcare (updated daily) 

Frequently asked questions about the limited duration childcare 

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati   
Burlington & Ft Thomas YMCA locations are offering childcare   

For children of healthcare workers, 6-12 years of age.  Services offered 6 am to 6:30 pm | 859-815-9179. Frequently asked questions about the limited duration childcare 
Learning Grove  
If you or someone you know need childcare during this time, Learning Grove can help! Please contact us via our website or 859-431-2075 

K-12 Schools    
For the most up-to-date info from Kentucky Department of Education, visit:  
KET and ACT to offer free at-home digital learning resources to students and the workforce impacted by COVID19 
On March 20, Governor Beshear recommends school closure period be extended until April 20.   
Kentucky to apply for testing waiver from U.S. Department of Education 
Feeding Sites Open During Covid-19 School Closures 

 For details and updates at each school district related to ceasing in-person instruction and implementing alternative/non-traditional instruction (NTI) methods visit for a direct link to the website for each school district listed below.   
Boone County  
Beechwood Independent  
Bellevue Independent  
Bracken County  
Campbell County  
Covington Independent  
Dayton Independent  
Diocese of Covington Schools  
Erlanger-Elsmere Independent  
Fort Thomas Independent  
Gallatin County  
Grant County  
Kenton County  
Ludlow Independent  
Newport Independent  
Owen County  
Pendleton County  
Southgate Independent  
Walton-Verona Independent  
Williamstown Independent 

Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is providing live stream discussions as a resource and opportunity for people to ask education leaders - from daycare through college - questions about COVID-19. Visit for updates and schedule of these events.  
Office of Inspector General (OIG) Information for Child Care Facilities  
For information and updates related to waivers for childcare centers to remain open and serve first responders visit  
Individual Coaching 
During this time of social distancing and NTI/remote learning, NaviGo’s support of our students, families, and school partners continues in a virtual capacity. Students in need of one-on-one college and career planning assistance can contact us for remote NaviGo Coaching sessions. Our coaches are ready to help your student! Contact Stephanie Layton at for more information. 

Online Resources - 
We have started a new blog and welcome guest bloggers and topic ideas to support our students and parents. In addition, we are building an online resource collection covering topics from how to talk with your students about anxiety and metacognitive strategies to cope during the current crisis, to free industry career talks, to external scholarship searches for college. We will be posting them on our website -﷟HYPERLINK "" 

Guest Blog: Christine Luken, a local entrepreneur who helps people with financial planning, has produced a guest blog focused on the do’s & don’ts during a financial crisis. Segment can be viewed at:﷟HYPERLINK "" 

Business Engagement 
While business may not be “as usual,” business partners looking to support students’ work-based learning experiences, co-ops, and internships during the summer or during the 2020-2021 school year can connect with us. Business partners who are interested in connecting with students during this time of social distancing can contact us to set up virtual tours and industry discussions with students. 

NTI Assistance 
We are offering additional guidance to our NaviGo In-School Coaching partners with the option of non-traditional instruction (NTI) plans to keep their students moving forward with their post-secondary planning. Additionally, we are communicating with our YouScience partner schools to support them with relevant NTI connected to their students findings 

NaviGo STAR 
NaviGo STAR- Supporting Transition, Access and Retention is a program we’ve developed to offset summer “melt”. Summer “melt” describes the phenomenon when seemingly college-intending students fail to enroll anywhere the fall after high school graduation. These college-intending students have typically applied to college, completed the FAFSA application, applied for financial aid and paid deposits to secure a spot at their intended institution. A student is considered to have “melted” if he or she planned to go but failed to show up to any college the fall following high school graduation. Summer melt rates range from 10 percent to 44%.  
Any schools interested in implementing NaviGo STAR for their college-bound graduating seniors can contact Jennie LaMothe, Director of School-Based Services at 

NKY-based Post-Secondary Institutions  
Gateway Community and Technical College  
Gateway’s response has been updated with additional measures detailed here:   
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to practice social distancing, beginning Monday, March 23, Gateway will be operating exclusively online. All services will still be available either by phone or virtually. Below you will find a quick reference to some of our student services. 

Students who do not have access to a computer or the internet at their permanent homes may request assistance from Gateway IT Support at 859-442-4100 or by email at 

Quick Reference Numbers 
Academic Advising Center - (859) 442-1630 
Admissions - (859) 442-1134, 
Testing Center - (859) 442-1159 
Bookstore - (859) 815-7630 
Business Office - (859) 442-4174 
Counseling Department - (859) 815-7683 
Financial Aid - 1-855-346-4282 
Food Pantry - (859) 442-1639 
Human Resources - (859) 442-1150 
Information Commons - (859) 441-4500, Option 0 
IT Help Desk - (859) 442-4100 
Registrar's Office - (859) 442-1136, 

A plan about the remainder of the semester will be made by April 2.  

Northern Kentucky University  
Announced that face-to-face classes will move to alternative instruction. Spring break will be extended an extra week for those enrolled in full-semester courses, set to resume with online instruction March 23. Seven-week accelerated online classes will begin as usual on March 16. Seven-week face to face courses will now be taught online and will begin on March 23.  

Northern Kentucky University Career Services  

Due to national guidance on the coronavirus, and to remain in compliance with university and state policies, all in-person events and meetings have been cancelled or moved online.  

The following guidelines are being instituted:  

Job and Internship/Co-op Postings: HireNKU is still available and is a robust resource for those recruiting for internship/co-op and full- and part-time job opportunities. 

Getting started in HireNKU   
Tips for posting positions and steps on how to post   
Hiring an intern/co-op   
Additional information about NKU’s majors  
Job posting questions? Contact Sydney Gebka at 859-572-5680 or 
On-Campus Interviews: Scheduled on-campus interviews have concluded for the Spring 2020 term.  No additional on-campus interviews will be scheduled.   
Current interns/co-ops/employees: If you have any NKU student working at your location, please be sure to update them on your operating status and guidelines. We have encouraged students to discuss concerns directly with their instructors and supervisors.    
Information Sessions & Information Tables:  All information sessions and information tables are cancelled.   
Employer Meetings:  All employer meetings are now transitioned to phone or video meetings.  Contact Amanda Meeker at if you would like to schedule a meeting or have any questions.  
Connecting with Students: Join  LinkedIn Group and connect with Career Services on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to stay connected.  
Thomas More University  
The University is implementing its emergency preparedness plan following the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Beshear and in consultation with local, regional, and national health officials. Though there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Thomas More’s campus, the University is taking immediate action to protect the health and safety of our community. The University will be extending spring break for most students (though not if you are currently enrolled through TAP) through Sunday, March 22. We will be shifting to remote learning using Canvas for all classes beginning Monday, March 23. Classes that are already online and graduate and undergraduate 8-week courses that begin on Monday, March 16, will continue as scheduled, but those courses will be exclusively online (even if initially designed to be a hybrid course) – faculty members will be in touch with additional details. 

 All offices and on-campus resources will be available to students during this time, but the University may limit the number of students in any designated area. Residence halls are closed until further notice. The University will continue to work closely with public health officials to monitor and evaluate the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to keep the community informed of any additional interim measures as decisions are made. Students are encouraged to regularly check their Thomas More email, as well as their Canvas courses, for updates and additional announcements. Please note that the Library will be closed but can be accessed virtually. 




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