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Mitch McConnell with Myra Wilson and Aaron Poynter

The Campbellsville-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon was held Thursday, August 11th in the Banquet Hall at Campbellsville University with featured speaker U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Myra Wilson, Director of Workforce Development for the Cumberlands region, and Aaron Poynter, Director of Re-Entry Programming, spoke with McConnell and offered appreciation for his support of programs delivered by the Cumberlands Workforce Board to our region.

Commonwealth Coders

BOWLING GREEN KY, August 8, 2022 – Kentucky is well-known for farming tobacco and producing champion thoroughbreds; however, the commonwealth is growing a new kind of talent with its Commonwealth Coders web development training, an intensive 16-week training course that prepares participants for a career as a Junior Web Developer where knowledge of programming languages is used to code websites and web applications.

A collaborative effort between the South Central, Cumberlands, Bluegrass, Northern Kentucky, and TENCO Workforce Boards, this program provides tremendous and unique career opportunities, especially for Kentuckians in rural areas across the state who are interested in working remotely. The growing demand for web developers has led to the course’s continued growth.

The training course will be completely virtual for students; however, it will be “live” as instruction and discussion will take place in real-time, just as it would for an in-person course. While no previous computer/coding experience is required, solid algebra skills along with a strong determination to succeed are both highly recommended for participants. Student selection is competitive; however, all potential students are highly encouraged to complete an initial no-obligation interest survey.

The 16-week Commonwealth Coders training course will be offered at little to no cost to those who are eligible, including many individuals who have lost their job due to recent natural disasters. After a student completes the course, they will be ready to enter the workforce as a Junior Web Developer, a career that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is projected to grow 13 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

Laura Torres, Project Manager for Commonwealth Coders, said that this type of program is unique in that it helps promote tech jobs in rural areas of the state. Torres explains, “We want to skill up our communities and let people know that we grow in Kentucky. Kentuckians can truly excel in the tech world and we must build that culture from within.”

For more information or to complete an interest form for the Commonwealth Coders program, please visit www.commonwealthcoders.com. The deadline to fill out an interest form is August 12, 2022.

For more information about Commonwealth Coders, please contact Laura Torres: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Accessibility guide for businesses_ Best practices for compliance in-person and online

Here is a great guide for any business, and a handy resource for employers.

Accessibility means equal opportunity for everyone, including people with disabilities. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a disability is any “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” These could be difficulties with movements like walking or motor function, sensory systems like vision or hearing, or cognitive functions like learning and concentrating.

Read the full article: Accessibility guide for businesses: Best practices for compliance in-person and online

Adair County Schools welding equipment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students at Adair County High School will now have more opportunities to gain hands on experience in welding.

The school has been awarded $147,089 in Kentucky Statewide Reserve Funds to purchase a Cl BX Press Brake, which is usually only found at professional welding companies.

At the Adair County Technical School, students can further their skills in a trade while in high school to be prepared for the workforce after graduation as already certified welders.

"Once they learn the welding skill in a welding booth, then we need to apply it to something," Barney Taylor, welding instructor at Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center, said. "We need to put it to work on projects, whether it be something as simple as handrails, whether it be tanks."

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Somerset Community College will be hosting a Logistics Festival on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at the Somerset North campus (Stoner building parking lot). This will be a great opportunity to learn about the logistics industry, meet employers, and find out about job opportunities. Logistics refers to the overall process of managing how resources are acquired, stored, and transported to their final destination.

Companies will be bringing their newest, shiniest trucks and equipment to the event for people to check out. There will be free food, music, and fun! Bring the family, there will be activities for the kids.

Logistics Festival images

B.J. Wilkerson (SITE Job Retention and Support Specialist), Gale Cowan (Adair County Judge Executive), Aaron Poynter (Director of Reentry Programming with the South Central and Cumberlands Workforce Development boards), and Myra Wilson (Director of Workforce Development Cumberland Workforce Development Area).

This week KARES (Kentucky Area Resources) launched in Adair County with a community resource meeting hosted by the Cumberland Workforce Development Board at the Adair County Public Library.

KARES assists in connecting locally based resources to individuals in need. The services are segmented by county and offer information on career training, health care, schools, government assistance, transportation, housing, child care, food needs, clothing, substance abuse, faith-based agencies, and more.

KARES.us is a web-based application where individuals can view local resources, connect to those resources or request assistance in starting their journey to success. Community organizations provide contact, location information, and services to be listed on the KARES database. Any organization that would like to be added as a resource on the KARES website are encouraged to contact Aaron Poynter, Director of Reentry Programming via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KARES in Adair County was made possible through a partnership with the Cumberland Workforce Development Board and the Adair County Fiscal Court. The goal is to have the entire region covered by the KARES Network.

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