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Kentucky Career Center - Cumberlands

Kentucky Career Center - Somerset

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A Team of Experts

The professional staff at the Kentucky Career Center - Cumberlands is dedicated to providing employers in our 13-county region with a qualified, skilled workforce and the people of the region with career, job training and educational opportunities. We have the unique ability to connect employees and employers through the combined efforts of national, state and local partners.

As an employer in our community, our team is focused on helping you become more competitive. Providing access to current Labor Market Information is one of the valuable services we offer. To find out more about how we can help, contact one of our Business Service Teams today.

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  • Did You Know? The Kentucky Career Center can:

    • assist employers in locating qualified job applicants;

    • screen and test job seekers to match their needs;

    • fund eligible on-the-job training and customized training needs;

    • arrange space for job interviews, and in some areas, schedule interviews via video conferencing;

    • provide access to detailed labor market information for the local area, Kentucky and the nation;

    • provide services to help both employer and employees when facing layoffs or other major issues;

    • offer unemployment insurance information and contacts; and

    • make connections with vocational rehabilitation services (for people with disabilities) and services for the blind. 

  • Do your employees have what it takes to succeed?

    As a smart business leader, you are always analyzing your operations, trying to improve and asking questions. Where is your industry going? Is your company poised for growth? Do your employees (or potential employees) have the skills needed to be a part of that growth?

    From frontline workers to professional and management staff, the demand for training increases as industries and companies expand.

    While large corporations often develop in-house training to remain competitive, small businesses also need skilled employees. The Kentucky Career Center -Cumberlands can help.

  • Soft Skills: Who Needs Them?

    Soft skills are everyday interpersonal skills that job seekers need to succeed on the job. They include communicating clearly and appropriately, remembering work directions, working well with others, and knowing how to solve problems. These skills include:

    • Communicating effectively

    • Conveying professionalism

    • Promoting teamwork and collaboration

    • Thinking critically and solving problems

    The Kentucky Essential Skills Certificate shows employers that potential employees have successfully completed coursework in these skill areas and are ready to move into the workforce. The program is free for employers and employees.

    For more information and registration for the Kentucky Essential Skills Certificate, contact your nearest Kentucky Career Center location. 


  • Get Familiar with Training Resources

    The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides incumbent worker training, on-the-job training, work experience, apprenticeships and Individual Training Accounts. Training is usually offered through community and technical colleges, universities, private for profit organizations and businesses. Through a variety of training programs, WIOA helps eligible individuals find self-sustaining employment.

    Kentucky Career Center offices assist individuals and to provide information about available WIOA programs and eligibility requirements. WIOA eligibility standards include age, income level, education and skills and work circumstances. 

    For example, someone who has been laid off or who has received notice of a layoff as a result of a permanent closure or substantial layoff at a plant may be eligible for special assistance.

    Some programs are designed especially for youth who are between the ages of 14 and 21 and have very limited income. Other programs are designed for those 18 years of age and older.


  • Check Out Our Free Job Posting Portal

    Kentucky’s employer job posting portal, Focus Talent, allows employers to post job openings and search for resumes.

    Employers may upload an existing description or use the Focus Talent Job Post Wizard to build the job description with a skills-based questionnaire.

    • Post your job opportunities at no charge
    • Reach registered job seekers
    • Get matched with qualified candidates
    • Review profiles of interested applicants
    • Manage your listings 24/7

    Unlike traditional job-match systems, Focus Talent and Focus Career cast a much wider net to find the skills a job requires. If you choose, you will receive job matches not only for the most qualified candidates, but also for those candidates who possess some but not all of the skills you requested. Candidates are ranked from one to five stars based on how well they qualify for your job opening.

    If you are using the online Focus Talent system, the help link provides an email pop-up to contact our help desk. It also includes technical information for Focus Talent and appropriate browsers.


Career Center Locations

  • Albany Location

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Clinton County Office
    2353 North Highway 127
    Albany, KY 42602


  • Burkesville Location

    Wednesday & Thursday
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Cumberland County Office
    213 Upper River Street
    Burkesville, KY 42717


  • Monticello Location

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Kentucky Career Center - Monticello
    Tradeway Shopping Center
    1500 N. Main St., Suite 168-B
    Monticello, KY 42633


  • Somerset Location (Comprehensive One-Stop Center)

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Kentucky Career Center - Somerset
    410 E. Mt. Vernon St.
    Somerset, Ky. 42501

    606-676-0759 Business Services Team


  • Whitley City Location

    Monday & Friday (alternating Tuesdays)
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Kentucky Career Center - Whitley City 
    141 College Street 
    Whitley City, KY 42653