Former Letcher County resident Mable Duke has been named the Director of Workforce Services at the Bluegrass Area Development District (BGADD).
“I am excited to have someone of Ms. Duke’s caliber and capability join the Bluegrass ADD,” said David Duttlinger, BGADD director. “She brings unmatched level of expertise to the workforce area with a proven track record to grow and develop nationally recognized workforce systems. She possesses the willingness to work with and cohesively join disparate points of view. I’m eager to see the results that will happen under her leadership.”
Before joining the Bluegrass Area Development District, Duke provided strategies and solutions on many levels to contractors in all facets of workforce development with a focus on program start-up initiatives, legislative analysis, and soft-skills curriculum writing, development and delivery. She has spent the last eight years as an independent workforce development consultant. Before 2008, she had been employed by Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) for 23 years, in positions ranging from assistant public service employment director to executive director.
“My entire career has focused on affecting systemic change that enables the design and delivery of the best workforce services possible,” said Duke, formerly of Blackey. “When approached with the possibility of doing that very thing with the BGADD I had to take a hard look at the current status of workforce development in the region. I decided that while the challenges were great, the opportunities to really make a difference were far greater. I strongly feel that the 17 counties of central Kentucky deserve no less than the best effort from each workforce individual, whether they be staff or volunteers, to provide services that best meet the needs of both employers and jobseekers.”
Duke has a bachelor of arts degree in social welfare from Morehead State University.