Training Consortium of South Central Kentucky Graduates First Cohort of Group Leader Program

Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Training Consortium of South Central Kentucky celebrated the first graduation of its Group Leader Program on Thursday, February 20, with 17 members of the regional workforce completing the program. 

The Group Leader Program is structured along the lines of the consortium's award-winning Supervisor Certificate Program, which has graduated five program cohorts to date.

Participants of the program attend 10 sessions that develop the competencies needed to be a successful in a leadership role. The cohort approach allows members to network and learn from group leaders at other facilities.

"This program was designed to meet the career development needs of front line group and team leaders who play an integral part in the work place," stated Ron Bunch, President & CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. "As with all of the courses provided through the Training Consortium, the Group Leader Program is shaping and developing the workforce in South Central Kentucky. Our existing industries desire skilled and qualified workers and the completion of this program demonstrates our continued growth and development of talent in the region. Congratulations to all the program graduates."

By participating in this course, employees learn ways to develop in three main areas: business principles, leadership and coaching.

"The Group Leader Program helped me evaluate myself as a manager and gave me the tools to more effectively communicate with members of my organization. It helped me establish clear goals and vision and inspired me to take ownership of my professional life," stated Adam Butler, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation.

The Training Consortium was formed in 2004 by BANDO, DESA and NASCO to provide training for their employees by gaining access to funds through the Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BSSC).

The Consortium is managed by a board of directors consisting of a minimum of three industry representatives, as well as civic and educational leaders. The members of the board lead development of a class schedule that is based on the specific needs of the industries in the region.

"We collaborate together to source or develop training classes and programs to meet the needs of our 44 member companies and organizations. Our goal is to provide quality training to our customers in the most cost-effective and efficient manner," stated Gregg George, Board President. George also serves as Senior HR Manager at NASCO and New Mather Metals.

Training is provided by Western Kentucky University and Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. Course typically fall within four categories; supervisory/management training, computer training, quality management training and technical training. Online classes are also a flexible option available to member companies.

Graduates included the following individuals:

LORD Corporation:

Cathy Maulden

Marcos Gonzales

Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products:

Derrick Lottes

Jason Gieske

Federal-Mogul Corporation:

Anita Campbell

Joe Henson

Keith Brown

Holley Automotive:

Phillip Lashley

Ronald Bunch

Dennis Moore

Ben Delk

Andy Williamson

William Clardy

Robbie Fisher

City of Bowling Green:

Ryan Johnson

Brent Brawner

Adam Butler

There is a $50 membership fee to join the Consortium and the organization seeks to provide cost-effective training to members.

For more information on the Training Consortium of South Central Kentucky, visit or contact Maureen Carpenter, Vice President, Regional Economic Development and Talent at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce at 


About the Training Consortium of South Central Kentucky

Established in 2004 by BANDO, DESA and NASCO, the Consortium is an organization that seeks to provide cost-effective, customized training to fit the needs of regional businesses. The Consortium is led by a Board of Directors that includes industry representatives, as well as civic and educational leaders who work to develop a schedule of training courses that are designed to the specification of the members. Members are primarily industry-based but membership is open to any business in the 10-county region. There are currently more than 40 companies that are a part of the organization.

About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:

Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,100 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.