Ken has over thirty-five years of combined experience in the fields of legislative research & policy development and business/economic/talent development. He has extensive experience in the public/private sectors helping build and sustain collaborative relationships with business & industry, economic/workforce development, business associations, and governmental/educational organizations and programs.
Ken is cofounder of the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education’s (KY FAME) employer collaborative. As stated on its website, the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) is a partnership of regional manufacturers whose purpose is to implement dual-track, apprenticeship-style training that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers. The KY FAME website also states the primary method to achieve this goal is through partnerships with local educational institutions to offer the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program (AMT). The AMT program is a best practice award-winning industrial maintenance technician training and education work/study program which provides students with world-class skill and knowledge to prepare them for a lucrative career in advanced manufacturing with little or no debt incurred by the student.
Ken has over 20 years of service with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including roles within both the legislative and executive branches. For eight years he served as a legislative committee staffer, highly trained research/policy development analyst, and bill drafter with the KY Legislative Research Commission, including service to the State Government and Economic Development committees. While at LRC Ken helped research and draft legislation to establish the 1992 Economic Development Partnership Act, which has served Kentucky well. As Executive Director of the Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BSSC) in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development for nearly thirteen (13) years, Ken helped implement the Partnership Act. His BSSC responsibilities included facilitating solutions to meet the specific talent development/sustainment needs of new, expanding, and existing companies and securing financial resources to support the same. Ken has also served as Director of the Kentucky Prosperity Project and Vice President of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and as President of the Foundation for Kentucky Industry (FKI) during his five years at KAM. He also has many years of experience as a small business owner/operator.
Ken was born in Lexington, KY in 1955 when his father Julian Morton Carroll was a student, and mother Charlann Harting Carroll was an employee at the University of Kentucky. He grew up in West Kentucky and has been a resident of Franklin County since 1972. Ken has been married to Virginia Triplett Carroll for 41 years and his son, Chris and daughter-in-law Niki and granddaughter Evie; son Jason, granddaughter Lynnlee, and grandson Liam all reside in Franklin County. He is a 1973 graduate of Frankfort High School and has a B.A. degree from Western Kentucky University with a double major in Speech and Government. While serving as manager of Industry Education Operations with the UK College of Engineering, Ken also successfully completed the University of Kentucky’s Lean Systems Certification Series and Lean Leadership Certification courses.
He currently serves as President & CEO of Advanced Manufacturing Professionals, Inc. (AMPKY) a nonprofit corporation established in March of 2019. The purpose of AMPKY is to facilitate the provision of highly effective talent solutions for companies and consortia in Kentucky’s #1 industry sector to make a successful transition to becoming advanced manufacturing enterprises. AMP is keenly focused on enhancing the image of the manufacturing industry and its career pathways, and better connecting talent pipelines to education/training services leading to lucrative career opportunities with benefits. Ken has filed his Statement of Candidacy papers with the Office of Secretary of State, Election Division and secured the required minimum one hundred (100) signatures on his Nominating Petition to become an independent candidate for District 7 of the KY Senate.