SOMERSET, Ky.—The Center for Rural Development has been awarded $300,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding for the Coal Impacted Skills Training (CIST) program.
In an effort to meet the workforce challenges from the steady decline in Kentucky’s coal industry and the economic impacts of COVID-19, The Center for Rural Development’s Coal Impacted Skills Training (CIST) Program is providing training opportunities for unemployed and underemployed individuals in 35 Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties.
Training opportunities will include essential work skills; help desk customer service; and specialized workforce training, like allied health, commercial trucking, and additive manufacturing.
Eligible Kentucky counties include: Adair, Bath, Bell, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.
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