We are proud to announce we have received a $1,452,338 grant as part of the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative.
The WORC initiative is a partnership between the Employment and Training Administration of the US Department of Labor, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Delta Regional Authority, and the Northern Border Regional Commission.
Continuing a Working Partnership
The project will allow us to build greater capacity around our existing workforce information technology (IT) training program with KentuckianaWorks and Code Kentucky. This programming supports training efforts in Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties.
“It is imperative to prioritize career training and support for rural Appalachians to ensure the region not only survives but thrives and competes,” said Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. “The newest round of WORC initiative grants will help give workers in distressed communities the resources they need to increase their career opportunities, which will in turn reignite Appalachian economies and boost the overall economic success of the entire region.”
Along with our partners, SOAR aims to sustain an economic transformation for our region and create economic mobility opportunities for rural areas and underserved and under-represented members of our community.
The WORC Initiative serves new workers, dislocated workers, and incumbent workers who are looking to advance their careers. This project will prioritize veterans, women, individuals without college degrees, and individuals facing substance use disorder and persistent poverty.
The project will help 290 people complete the IT training with Code Kentucky and help at least 150 of those graduates secure jobs.
Interested in Working in Tech?
Training starts January 8th. No previous coding experience is required. What is required is a willingness to learn, work hard, and seize this opportunity.
Here are some other requirements:
- Be 18 or older
- A resident of one of Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties
- Possess a minimum of a high school diploma
- Have a home computer or laptop with a stable internet connection
- Must have a strong interest/aptitude in tech. This isn’t the basics of computers. Our program is geared toward people who have never programmed/coded before, but it requires some comfort/confidence with technology to be successful.
Learn more HERE.