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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 


The Cumberlands Workforce Development Board leads the development and implementation of a highly effective workforce development system in the thirteen counties of Central Kentucky in collaboration with business, economic development, education, and community organizations in the labor market area. For more information about the Cumberlands Workforce Development Board, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Lake Cumberland Area Development District is seeking to fill an open Deputy Director position. They released the following statement for potential applicants:
“Notice is hereby given that the position of LCADD Deputy Director is available. Anyone interested in applying for this position must present a written statement of interest to Jean Wilson, indicating your interest in the vacant position. A job description listing relevant qualifications is attached hereto. Written statements of interest will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 11th, 2021.”
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Web Development Academy Graduates

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. 

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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.  

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Exterior view of the Somerset Office of the Kentucky Career Center - Cumberlands.

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 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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  • Appointments must park in the back parking lot (except handicap parking in the front of the building).
  • Please stay in your car until 5 minutes before appointment.
  • Appointments must enter through the front door and exit through the back door.
  • Must have an ID and wear a mask to enter the building.
  • Temperature will be checked upon entering the building.

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

There will be a drive-thru hiring event on March 18, from 11 am - 1 pm Eastern time in the parking lot of the Kentucky Career Center - Campbellsville, 1311-C East Broadway, Elmhurst Plaza, Campbellsville, KY 42718 The largest employers in Taylor County will be there. There is no cost or obligation.
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YOU'RE INVITED! Learn about the empowering education & job training programs available to all Kentuckians at our "Discover You Virtual Bus Tour." Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, March 9 at 1pm Eastern time (link below).

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.

Presented by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

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