Lifelong Learning

“My dream is to own my own store, and this job has prepared me for a lot of the skills  I will need to do that. SummerWorks gave me real work experience.”
– Jon Russell, 18, Fourth Street Live!

2017 highlights

  • 5,200 — Number of young people ages 16-21 placed in jobs with SummerWorks employers.
  • 36,250 — Number of Cultural Passes distributed this summer, providing children with free access to many of the Louisville area’s arts and cultural institutions.
  • 130,653 — Number of books read through the Louisville Free Public Library’s Summer Reading program.
  • Cradle to Career has evolved into Louisville Promise, an effort to strengthen wrap-around supports to ensure students get the skills they need, from pre-K to college and career readiness.
  • The groundbreaking Compassionate Schools Project, which cultivates focus, resilience, empathy, connection and wellbeing as the basis for academic and personal success, was fully implemented in 25 Jefferson County Public elementary schools this year.
  • KentuckianaWorks programs helped 4,000 people start or return to college by removing barriers to higher education.
  • JCPS opened a West Louisville Satellite Office in the California Community Center, providing west Louisville families with greater access to services needed to ensure a quality education for their children.
  • Clariant Corporation made a three-year grant to create a new STEM program at the California Community Center, in partnership with Wheatley Elementary.
  • KentuckianaWorks is among partners creating the Academies of Louisville, small learning communities within 11 JCPS high schools that allow students to connect what they’re learning in the classroom to careers.


“I emphasize lifelong learning because in a world that’s changing as rapidly as our world today, the lifelong learners are the ones best equipped to anticipate, adapt and thrive.“
– Mayor Fischer

2017 was a big year for Louisville Free Public Libraries, with the opening of one regional library and groundbreaking for
another, which, when opened, will complete our commitment under the Library Master Plan to provide a full-service
library within five miles of 90 percent of Louisville residents.

2017 highlights

  • South Central Regional Library: This 40,000-square-foot facility opened July 21, enhancing service for more than 160,000 people in the area. Door count: Up 93 percent over the Okolona branch it replaced. Materials checked out: 183 percent increase.
  • Northeast Regional Library: We broke ground Sept. 21 on this nearly 40,000-square-foot facility, which will more than double the per-person square footage of the much-smaller Westport branch it replaces, enhancing service for 170,000 people in the area. Opens in 2019.
  • St. Matthews-Eline branch library: We are partnering with St. Matthews on a $4 million expansion of this
    popular branch, growing it by nearly 8,000 square feet.