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Farmer appointed to state panel

By Jeff Phillips

Harlan County Schools

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Harlan County Board of Education Chairman Gary Farmer has been appointment by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to the Bluegrass State Skills Corporation’s board of directors.

The corporation was established to improve and promote the employment opportunities of the citizens of Kentucky by creating and expanding programs of skills training and education which meet the needs of today’s businesses and industries.

The board is comprised of 18 members appointed by the Governor. These include exofficio seats for the Commissioner of the Department of Employment Services; Secretaries of Economic Development, Workforce Development and Labor Cabinets; President of the Council on Postsecondary Education; President of the Kentucky Community & Technical Community College System; 12 members appointed who have knowledge and experience in business and industry, skills training, education, and minority employment; and at least one member representing labor organizations.

Farmer is a service region administrator at Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services. He has served on the Harlan County Board of Education for 25 years, with 18 of those being in the position of chairman. He and his wife Janie, have two children, Ryan Farmer and Bethany Moore, and a granddaughter Harper Farmer.

He replaces Jon Thomas Lund, whose term has expired. He shall serve for a term expiring July 5, 2021.