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May 25, 2021 — “Commonwealth Coders” a 16-week training course that prepares participants for a career as a Junior Web Developer will debut across the state this fall as a collaborative effort between the Bluegrass, Cumberlands, Northern Kentucky, and South Central Workforce Boards. The course, led by BC Skills Development Academy, was initially piloted between the South Central and Cumberlands Workforce Development Boards as a hybrid effort this spring. The success of that initial venture and the growing demand for web developers, especially ones who can work remotely, led to the course’s expansion.
The course is set to be in a hybrid format for South Central and Cumberlands participants while completely virtual for Bluegrass and Northern Kentucky students. While no previous computer/coding experience is required, solid algebra skills along with a strong determination to succeed are both highly recommended for participants.
The training, valued at around $15,000 total, will be offered at little to no cost to those who are eligible, including many individuals who have lost their job due to the pandemic. After a student completes the course, they will be ready to enter the workforce as a Junior Web Developer, a job with an average starting salary of over $60,000 in Kentucky. Lyndsey Brown, Economic Recovery Coordinator for both Cumberlands and South Central Workforce Development Board, describes the course as “life-changing” explaining, “I was able to see some participants go from being unemployed to being full-time web developers and other participants go from being underemployed to providing their family with a web developer income.”
The course cap is currently set for fifty students total. With a combined 48 counties represented by the four boards, that equates to around one student per county, making student selection quite competitive; however, all potential students are highly encouraged to complete an initial no-obligation interest survey.
Justin Browning, Project Manager for BC Skills Development Academy, said that this type of program is unique in that it helps promote tech jobs in rural areas of the state. Browning explains, “We want to skill up our communities and let them know that it’s possible for rural Kentucky to push out as many innovators as you have coming out of the west coast. We can do it, we just have to build that culture.”
For more information or to complete an interest form for the Commonwealth Coders program, please visit www.commonwealthcoders.com
The Cumberlands Workforce Development Board would like to express congratulations to the graduates of the Web Development Training powered by BC Skills Development Academy. We are so excited about this program and for the graduates to begin their new careers in the tech economy.
The Cumberlands Workforce Development Board will be partnering with BC Skills Development Academy to offer the same program in the fall of this year. Stay connected to our social media channels for website and application announcements.
Below, Myra Wilson, Director of Workforce Developments for the Cumberlands region, and Justin Browning, Project Manager of BC Skills Development Academy addressed and commended the graduates for their successes.
The Somerset office of the Kentucky Career Center - Cumberlands will be open for Unemployment Insurance visits BY APPOINTMENT ONLY effective April 15, 2021.
All appointments are scheduled online at kcc.ky.gov. You MUST have an appointment to enter the career center. NOTE: all currently available appointments have been filled. Please check back for availability of future appointments.
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This presentation will give a thorough overview of opportunities, resources, and financial programs for job seekers to navigate their way towards a better job or new career. The one-hour meeting will share info about the wealth of services and programs available in the 13-county Cumberlands region of Kentucky for the unemployed, the underemployed, students, veterans, and more.
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