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Commonwealth Coders is a 16-week training course that prepares participants for a career as a Junior Web Developer. Commonwealth Coders registration is now open and training is set to start in January 2022. Generous financial aid is available and many will qualify for this training at little to no cost! The average base salary for a Jr. Web Developer is $67,791 annually (Source: Indeed, July 18, 2020).

Previous coding or computer training is not required: however, Algebra skills and a strong work ethic are greatly encouraged. 

There is no cost or obligation to apply. If you are interested in participating, please set aside approximately 20 minutes to complete this initial survey, making sure all of your responses are complete and comprehensive. While this is the first step toward becoming a student in the program, it is an important one. Please make your very best effort as spots will be limited. 

Commonwealth Coders debuted across the state in August 2021 as a collaborative effort between the South Central, Cumberlands, Bluegrass, and Northern Kentucky Workforce Boards. The success of the first classes and the growing demand for web developers, especially ones who can work remotely, led to the course’s expansion. 

To learn more and take the initial interest survey visit https://commonwealthcoders.com

Re-Entry program graduates

For eight Pulaski County inmates, Thursday marked a day of celebration and gratitude. Each inmate graduated from Somerset Community College’s Workforce Re-entry program, receiving welder’s helper certificates.

The Cumberlands Workforce Development Board Re-Entry & Transformational Employment divisions through partnerships with Somerset Community Technical College, Goodwill, and the Pulaski County Detention Center were able to send the inmates through the course, provide resume/application assistance, host a mock interview, were provided clothing for the interview as well as meet and interview with 2 local employers.

The next class will be entirely female and begin in early October.

Watch a WYMT Mountain News feature story on this initial class: https://www.wymt.com/2021/10/01/eight-pulaski-county-inmates-graduate-workforce-re-entry-program/

Good Will Fall Festival

SAVE THE DATE! Goodwill is having their Fall Festival (Job Fair) on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at the Center For Rural Development, 2282 South Highway 27, Suite 300 in Somerset, KY 42501. The Fair runs from 10am to 1pm with an Expungement clinic at 9am. This event is free and lunch will be provided to all who attend.

Employers and Community Agencies: If you would like to be part of this job fair, register online at: goodwillky.org/fallfestival

For our Expungement clinic, you can pre-register online at: goodwillky.org/expungements

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Resources available to help jobless as pandemic unemployment programs end

FRANKFORT, Ky., (Aug. 30, 2021) — As federal pandemic unemployment insurance (UI) programs expire on Sept. 6, claimants who need help finding work or career services can turn to more than a dozen Kentucky Career Center offices across the commonwealth for help. 

Staff in each of the regional centers can provide job leads and job search assistance as well as adult education and vocational rehabilitation services, said Labor Cabinet Secretary Jamie Link. He also said staff in centers could provide information about apprenticeship opportunities and help career professionals overhaul and polish their resumes.

“Career center employees have a thumb on the pulse of the local economy in each region, and they know who is hiring and how to get people in touch,” Link said. “If you are looking for a job, it’s a great place to start, and everyone is welcome – those services do not require an appointment in most of the Kentucky Career Centers.”

Federal pandemic unemployment insurance benefit programs are set to expire nationwide on Sept. 6. Unemployment insurance claimants in Kentucky will no longer be able to claim benefits under any of the following federal pandemic programs: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). 

The last payable week for those programs in Kentucky is the week ending Sept. 4, regardless of the balance of the benefits remaining on individual UI claims. The Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance will ensure that claimants who are waiting to receive eligibility determinations will receive payments owed to them for all weeks before Sept. 6 for which they are eligible.

Claimants who are actively seeking employment are encouraged to follow the Kentucky Career Center on Facebook and Twitter, as well as the social media accounts of regional career centers to keep abreast of the latest job fairs and hiring events.

Special instructions:

  • Check with your local Kentucky Career Center to see if an appointment is needed* for job seeker assistance due to COVID-19.
  • Anyone attending an appointment must wear a mask at all times.
  • Photo identification is required to enter a KCC building.

* Note: Our Somerset and Campbellsville locations require appointments. Find your nearest location here: Career Center Locations

For more information or to find a Kentucky Career Center near you, visit https://kcc.ky.gov/

Pandemic Unemployment  Benefits to End in Kentucky  September 6

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 29, 2021) — Gov. Andy Beshear today encouraged Kentuckians drawing federal pandemic unemployment insurance benefits to rejoin the workforce before those programs expire Sept. 6.

“With a surging economy and job opportunities available throughout the commonwealth, there isn’t a valid reason why any Kentuckian who wants a job shouldn’t be able to find one,” the Governor said.

Federal pandemic unemployment insurance benefit programs expire nationwide on Sept. 6. Unemployment insurance claimants in Kentucky will no longer be able to claim benefits from the

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides an additional $300 weekly payment to recipients of unemployment compensation.

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides benefits for those who would not usually qualify, including the self-employed, gig workers, and part-time workers.

  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides an extension of benefits once regular benefits have been exhausted.

  • Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), which provides an additional $100 benefit to certain people with mixed earnings.

Claimants participating in those programs will receive an email from the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) communicating that those benefit programs are ending. If claimants are waiting to receive an eligibility determination for any of these four federal programs, OUI will ensure that they receive payments owed to them for all weeks before September 6 for which they are determined eligible.

Choosing not to end pandemic unemployment benefits prematurely in the commonwealth has helped Kentuckians who lack access to child care at a time when students can’t be in school during summer months, the Governor said. He also said that those benefits continue to pump $34 million each week into grocery stores, restaurants and retail establishments in our communities across the state.

“I have spoken many times about how we were not going to steer our recovery on a red or blue state solution but instead how we could ‘thread the needle’ just right to find the right solution to help the citizens of this state and our economy,” the Governor said.

The Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet will begin accepting applications for the incentive program beginning Aug. 2. The last day to apply is Oct. 1, 2021. For more information, please visit the Team Kentucky Back to Work website.

Anyone needing job seeker assistance can contact this Kentucky Career Center office for more details on available jobs in their area. Aside from job leads, KCC staff can also provide job search assistance, apprenticeship opportunities, vocational rehabilitation, adult education, and training resources.

Kentuckians who are having difficulty paying rent and utilities can seek assistance through the Team Kentucky Eviction Relief Fund.

Job Fair, August 24, Somerset Kentucky

Mark your calendar!

The Kentucky Career Center - Cumberlands will host a job fair with multiple employers at our Somerset location: 410 E. Mt. Vernon Street, Somerset, Kentucky 42501, from noon to 3 pm on Tuesday, August 24. Employers in attendance: UGN, Maximus, Team Modern, Marriott, Kingsford, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, and The Job Shop.

The Career Center will be following COVID-19 best practices, so masks and social distancing will be required in the building.

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