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Mock Interview
Practice makes perfect at mock interview day. Click here for more.

Jabo's Front Desk
Partnership with Jabo's provides jobs for youth. Click here for more.

Joshua Ball with YPEK Award
Ball named Young Professional of the Year. Click here for more.

P&PFair
P&P Construction job fair draws qualified candidates. Click here for more.

One Stop Workforce Services Come To Perry County
True one-stop workforce services come to Perry County. Click here for more.

 

Whayne Supply Tour
Youth Group Tours Whayne Supply. Click here for more.

 

Carter NEG Grant
Grant Initiative Helps Carter County Clean Up after flood. Click here for more.

 

Melissa Williams and Matthew Bevins
Grant Initiative helps Pike County recover from flood. Click here for more.

 

Archie Jenkins
EKCEP stimulus-funded initiatives help Archie Jenkins find new career. Click here for more.

 

Odyssey Center
WorkNow helps Odyssey Center battle drug addiction. Click here for more.

 

Jigsaw Construction
Jigsaw Construction goes digital with WIA help. Click here for more.

 

Nick Sturgill
Nick Sturgill learns with WorkNow. Click here for more.

 

EKCEP Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Kentucky Career Center JobSight, 412 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard, KY

Agenda: Click here to access the full agenda

EKCEP Workforce Investment Board Quarterly Meeting

Date: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY

Agenda: Click here to access the full agenda

EKCEP Issues Request For Information (RFI) for
Integrated Case Management System

The Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) has released a Request For Information (RFI) to create an integrated case management platform to aid in the delivery of the agency’s newly created service delivery model.

EKCEP is the fiscal agent for the local Workforce Investment Board. The agency operates the Kentucky Career Center JobSight network of workforce centers, which provides jobseekers and employers access to an array of innovative and nationally recognized workforce programs throughout 23 Eastern Kentucky counties.

EKCEP’s new integrated service delivery model is concentrated on problem solving and includes strategic emphasis on partnerships between the public and private sectors, and shared case management among workforce-related agencies. To aid in implementation, EKCEP is requesting proposals for a Web-based integrated case management system that must be able to support this new delivery service model while providing the foundation to implement additional programs across the agency. 

Additionally, the system must:

  • Increase local efficiency, including the move from paper-based forms to fully electronic input systems
  • Provide a single system capable of supporting a full range of programs and services for jobseekers and employers within the agency’s 23-county service area
  • Increase visibility and provide actionable data to staff
  • Support the implementation and expansion of evidence-based programs to better align with state and federal priorities
  • Meet increased federal program requirements for process and outcome measures and program accountability

Click here to view and download the RFI or enter the following URL in your web browser: http://ekcep.us/casemgtrfi. Proposals in response to this RFI must be submitted electronically by the close of business on Aug. 8, 2014, to bback@ekcep.org.

 

EKCEP Seeks Public Comment on Updated Local Workforce Investment Board
Local Plan

EKCEP is seeking public comment on its draft Local Workforce Investment Board Local Plan for a period of 30 days, ending Nov. 30. The document will represent EKCEP's planned actions and initiatives for the period of Jan. 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The local plan represents a collaborative process among state and local elected officials, board, and partners (including economic development, education, and private sector partners) to create a shared understanding of the state's workforce investment needs and a shared vision of how the workforce investment system can meet those needs with a local and regional perspective in mind. 

To file comments, please contact EKCEP's Janie Hackney at 606-436-5751 or via email at jhackney@ekcep.org prior to Nov. 30, 2013


Click here to view the draft Local Workforce Investment Board Local Plan. 

Businessman Tom Higgins Selected to Lead
Expanding Kentucky Teleworks Work-From-Home Organization


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Longtime businessman Tom Higgins has been named President of the Kentucky Teleworks work-from-home organization and service.

Higgins will oversee the day-to-day operations of Kentucky Teleworks, which identifies legitimate full-time and part-time work-from-home telework career opportunities with national and global employers, and provides citizens across Kentucky and other states access to these jobs.

Higgins brings to the position nearly 30 years experience as an accomplished sales executive with Audio Authority Corporation, a multi-million dollar electronics manufacturer based in Lexington.

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Kentucky Teleworks to Host Two New ‘Virtual Job Fairs’ on Sept. 9 for
National Company Seeking Remote-Work Hires in Ky.

JobFairVirtual090913More than 300 people from Kentucky and four other states attended two recent Kentucky Teleworks “virtual job fairs” for national call-center telesales company American Support.

Based on that success, Kentucky Teleworks will host two more virtual job fairs for the company on Monday, Sept. 9.

At the events—which will be held at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST—people seeking legitimate work-from-home online jobs can be considered for inbound and outbound telesales positions with American Support. The company seeks to fill 50 full-time positions before the end of September.

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H.O.M.E. Career Event Draws Miners Interested in Jobs With Toyota in
Georgetown

About 100 people attended a special Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) Career Event at the Kentucky Career Center Perry County JobSight in Hazard for area coal miners applying for supervisory and production positions at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown. 
 

The event was hosted by Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) and H.O.M.E. at the request of Toyota management officials, who are seeking new employees with the skills and abilities possessed by many out-of-work coal miners already enrolled in the H.O.M.E. initiative. 

Kentucky Teleworks Hosting Two ‘Virtual Job Fairs’ on Aug. 15 for National
Company Seeking New Remote-Work Hires in Ky.

American Support Looking for ‘Hundreds’ More Workers After Hiring 250 in July Alone

Kentuckians seeking legitimate work-from-home jobs they can do online will soon have JobFairVirtualFlyer081513hundreds of new opportunities thanks to a partnership between Kentucky Teleworks and a national call-center telesales company.

And they won’t even have to leave their homes to be considered and possibly hired for those jobs.

On Thursday, Aug. 15, Kentucky Teleworks will host two “virtual job fairs” for American Support, a call center vendor that provides inbound and outbound telesales for some of the nation’s largest companies.

The sessions, which will be held at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, will allow people to access a special website through their home computer to learn about American Support and apply for jobs with the company.

To register and obtain the web address for the virtual job fair sessions, people should contact Kentucky Teleworks Director Joshua Ball at 606-435-8498 or via email at jball@kyteleworks.com.

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EKCEP Seeks Input From Public for New Regional Strategic Plan

Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP)—the region’s workforce development organization—and its Workforce Investment Board (WIB) are in the early stages of developing a five-year Strategic Plan.

We want our partners and stakeholders throughout Eastern Kentucky to view this Strategic Plan as a united plan for the entire region and, therefore, influence the workforce system, education, and economic development to be a more efficient and collaborative unit with a matrix of many common goals. Our aim is to work together with these common goals in order to fulfill our mission of preparing, advancing, and expanding the workforce of Eastern Kentucky.

By completing our online Strategic Plan questionnaire, you’ll be helping us form our region’s collective workforce Vision and related Goals. We know your time is valuable, and we anticipate it taking only between 15-20 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Simply click on the link below to access to the questionnaire:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/easternkystrategicplan

If possible, we ask that you complete and submit the online questionnaire before July 31. All responses are kept confidential and are greatly appreciated.

We thank you in advance for your participation and your commitment to making Eastern Kentucky’s workforce the strongest and best-prepared it can be!

 

Apply for Remote-Work Customer Service Jobs at July
Kentucky Teleworks Screenings in Hazard, Prestonsburg, Manchester

For Melissa Stidham, the decision to pursue a remote-work customer serviceMelissaStidham_HubJuly2013and sales job with the help of Kentucky Teleworks was an easy one.

A self-confessed “people person who loves to talk,” Stidham jumped at the chance for such a job. She also became one of the first employees to work full-time at the service’s new Teleworks Hub in Hazard.

Stidham is now employed by StarTek, a call-center, customer-service vendor for a major U.S. telephone, Internet and satellite TV provider, and said she couldn’t be happier.

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Congressman Rogers Commends EKCEP’s Hiring Our Miners Everyday
(H.O.M.E.) and Kentucky Teleworks Programs During Visit to Hazard

HRogersPodium068WBU.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) joined the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) in Hazard on May 30 to announce the expansion of Kentucky Teleworks and commend the organization for assisting laid-off coal miners with career advising, furthering their education, and finding quality employment through the Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) program.

“Kentucky has lost 5,700 coal mining jobs in the last 18 months, devastating the industry that has been a key economic engine for our rural region,” said Rogers before a crowd of more than 200 state and local officials, employers, workforce staff, and other spectators gathered at the Kentucky Career Center Perry County JobSight in Hazard.

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Back H.O.M.E. in the Mines Miners’ Jobs Program, Job Club Help Charles Moore Secure Job in the Nick of
Time


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Thirty-seven year old Charles Moore is a miner. And when he lost his job with Alpha Natural Resources in Martin County last summer, he worried about what he was going to do next.

“Over 400 people were laid off the same week,” Charles said. “There were a lot of people looking for jobs.”

Charles’ journey back into the workforce led him into the Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) regional jobs initiative of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP).

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Back in the Workforce
Elizabeth Compton Gets Help From Lawrence County Job Club


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Elizabeth Compton loved living in Louisville. But after losing her second job there in about eight years, she decided to move back home to Louisa.

“I looked for jobs in Louisville the whole time I was job searching, but nothing worked out,” she explained.

On a visit to the Community Center in Louisa, she picked up a flyer about the Lawrence County Job Club and decided to give it a try. What could it hurt, she thought?

And like so many others who join the Lawrence County Job Club, Elizabeth was immediately impressed by the staff of the Northeast Kentucky Community Action Agency, which administers the program locally in Louisa.

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Teleworks Hub in Hazard Schedules New Job Screening June 3-4 for
Telework Job Opportunities

TelewksHubScreengFlyer0613People who want to take advantage of available remote-work jobs but lack the high-speed Internet connectivity, computer equipment, and office space in their homes needed for a telework career now have a new option that will allow them to pursue those opportunities.

Kentucky Teleworks—a service affiliated with the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP)—has created the Teleworks Hub, a remote office facility in Hazard that allows people to work in the global economy from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky when teleworking at home is not an option.

On June 3-4, Kentucky Teleworks will conduct job screenings for people who want to work at the Teleworks Hub in Hazard.

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Around 100 Apply for Jobs With Area Employers at First H.O.M.E. Job Fair

5.3.13 HOME Job FairAround 100 out-of-work miners and their spouses attended the May 3 H.O.M.E. Job Fair at the Kentucky Career Center Perry County JobSight in Hazard. There, they applied for jobs with 17 area businesses ranging from construction and engineering to insurance and a local nursing home.

The event was part of H.O.M.E.’s efforts to connect enrolled miners and their spouses to exclusive job opportunities that sometimes are not broadcast in classified sections or online job boards.

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H.O.M.E. Job Fair for Out-of-Work Miners, Spouses Coming May 3 to Kentucky Career Center JobSight in Hazard

HOME_JobFairFlyer050313Out-of-work coal miners and their spouses will have the opportunity to apply for jobs and connect in-person with more than a dozen area employers at a regional job fair coming to Hazard.

Hiring Our Miners Everyday—the  H.O.M.E. program—will host a job fair on Friday, May 3 starting at 9 a.m. at the Kentucky Career Center Perry County JobSight, located at 412 Roy Campbell Drive in Hazard just past Whayne Supply.

A variety of employers will be on hand to accept job applications from miners and their spouses enrolled in H.O.M.E., and discuss job opportunities.

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EKCEP, H.O.M.E. Offer $500,000 to Area Employers to Cover Training Wages
for Hired Miners; Want 100 New Hires by Mid-May

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EKCEP and its Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) initiative are putting a half million dollars on the table to create partnerships with Eastern Kentucky employers to bring a total of 100 out-of-work miners into On-the-Job Training (OJT) positions at their businesses before mid-May.

Employers would agree to hire enrolled H.O.M.E. participants into permanent jobs for which they are suited. H.O.M.E. would, in turn, fund between 50 to 75 percent of the workers’ wages while they’re trained by the employer.

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Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) Helps Kenny Fleming Rebound from
Mining Layoff to Train for High-Tech Career in the Growing
Telecommunications Field

Some people move away from Eastern Kentucky to find work. Others make the best of the job situation where they are.KFlemingElectronicsTest032WB

“I always said I was a victim of geography, meaning I was taking advantage of what we had in the area, and coal has always sustained a lot of people here,” said Pike Countian Kenny Fleming.

Coal sustained Kenny for more than three decades. There had been some hard times before, but in 2011 and 2012, things took a turn for the worse.

First he was laid off from his job as an underground miner at Hubble Mining. Then his wife found out she had breast cancer. He spent months driving her back and forth to Lexington for treatment, and then he would spend the next few days driving her back and forth to her job at a local car dealership because she was too weak to drive herself.

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Grant Helps Kentucky Miner Train as Paramedic

Kentucky’s Chris Sexton followed in his father and older brother’s footsteps — becoming a coal ChrisSexton_FireGearminer right out of high school. During his 13 years in mining, Sexton found time to become certified as an emergency medical technician and firefighter, rising to volunteer fire chief at his local fire department.

When Sexton was laid off in 2012 he decided to reinvent himself by pursuing a new, full-time career in emergency health-care services. Sexton turned to the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program’s workforce system for financial assistance with tuition, books and other fees for paramedic training at a local community college. He enrolled in EKCEP’s Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) initiative, funded through a $5.2 million National Emergency Grant to assist workers and their families impacted by layoffs in the coal industry.

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Hazard Community and Technical College Graduates to Learn About New
‘Career Clubs’ at April 17 Forum at Technical Campus

Graduates of Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) will soon have access to expert career advising as they prepare to transition from the classroom into the workplace thanks to a partnership between the college, workforce development, community action, and the state’s employment and training system.

That partnership will officially debut at the “Career Club Forum” on Wednesday, April 17, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Devert Owens Building on the HCTC Technical Campus, 101 Vo-Tech Drive, Hazard.

All upcoming HCTC May graduates are encouraged to attend and a free lunch will be provided.

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On the Road Again: Vincent Ramirez Gets Back in the Workforce Thanks to
Morgan County Job Club

VRamirezCareerAdvsTruckWBWhen Vincent Ramirez suffered a great personal tragedy and lost everything he had, the Morgan County Job Club helped him get back on his feet again.

“Some of our best opportunities come at the worst of times,” says Vincent, who adds that he drifted into West Liberty right after a major tornado devastated the small city in March 2012 and left lots of people looking for a job.

He didn’t know anybody, which complicated his job search.

“If you’re from outside the area, you’re pretty much done,” he says. “Getting established in a community can be really rough, especially in Kentucky.”

Fortunately, he “kind of fell into” the job club one day when he was at the Morgan County Public Library using the computer to check for job leads.

He saw a flyer on the library door for Morgan County Job Club, and he immediately checked it out and signed up for meetings.

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Getting Back on Her Feet: Morgan County Job Club Helps Theresa Pitts
Combat Tough Job Market

Theresa Pitts of Morgan County knows from experience how difficult it is to re-enter the job market during midlife. TPittsPhoneDeskWB

For 18 years, Theresa worked for the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) Home Health Agency, but she retired and moved away from her hometown of West Liberty.

When circumstances out of her control forced her back into the job market, she found that everything had changed.

Slow economic times and the devastating tornado that ripped through West Liberty in March 2012 left a lot of people looking for work, and competition for jobs became fierce.

Thankfully, a friend of Theresa’s heard about the Morgan County Job Club and recommended she give it a try.

A job club is a small group of job seekers who meet weekly with local workforce professionals to improve their job searches. The group members provide support for each other while networking, sharing job leads, and learning techniques for improving their job searches from workforce professionals, local business people, and other invited guests.

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New Signup Events Coming to Johnson, Martin, Floyd, Bell, Harlan Counties to
Allow Out-of-Work Miners, Spouses to Enroll for Job, Training Assistance

More than 800 out-of-work Eastern Kentucky coal miners have already started their journey back into the workforce by enrolling in the regional Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) jobs and training initiative.

That initiative wants to enroll even more of the region’s thousands of laid-off miners and their spouses, and has scheduled a new series of Open Enrollment Events to get them signed up for expert career advising, job preparedness and placement support, and training that can help them get back to work.

New signup events are set for later this month and early May, and will be held:  

All events will take place from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at each location.

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Back to Work After Job is Outsourced
Teresa Wheeler Moves Home and Gets Help
From Lawrence County Job Club

TWheelerBanner01NPBonnie Conn affectionately calls Teresa Wheeler "our job club Bloodhound."

"She was always out and about, hearing about jobs and telling all the other Job Club members," Conn, an expert career advisor and facilitator of the Lawrence County Job Club, said of Wheeler, a recent participant. "She just had a nose for it."

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Blazing a New Trail of Work
Job Clubs, Kentucky Teleworks Helps Daniel Ball Find Rewarding
Work at Home

DBallComputer01NPDown a one-lane road and across a narrow bridge over a creek in rural Morgan County doesn't seem like the place to find a person working in a high-tech job. But that's exactly where Daniel Ball earns a living.

From an office in his bedroom at home, he works 40 hours a week as a customer service agent for StarTek, a call center and customer service vendor.

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Not Down and Out for Long
Scott Murphy Quickly Rebounds from Layoff With
Help From Lawrence County Job Club

When the long arm of the recession reached out and punched Scott Murphy in the spring of 2012 in the form of a layoff from his job at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, he didn’t stay down for very long.

Not long at all, in fact.

With his “pink slip” still hot in his hand, Scott sat in his car in the parking lot of the hospital and started making calls to people he thought might know of work.

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Making Career Connections
Breathitt County Job Club Helps Ila Blair Connect With Perfect Job
Opportunity

Ila Blair of Jackson is one of hundreds of Eastern Kentuckians who have learned that “people lead people to jobs” by attending Job Clubs of Eastern Kentucky.

When Ila Blair and her husband lost their home in Perry County, “God led us to Jackson,” she said.

The Breathitt County Job Club ultimately helped Ila find a job at Kentucky River Community Care uniquely suited to her personality, skills and experience.

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Once a driver, always a driver
Clay County Job Club Connects Mike Howard With Rewarding New Job
Opportunity


MHowardVan01WBMike Howard had been a professional truck driver for 10 years when his mother’s failing health required that he come off the road and come home to care for her.

He worked in tobacco periodically to make ends meet and began submitting applications to once again drive a truck. But he simply had been out of the game too long and needed additional training he couldn’t afford.When that stay stretched to five years, the resulting gap in employment—combined with Mike’s being 69 years old—posed a problem for him when he chose to try to re-enter the workforce.

Then the Clay County Job Club changed everything.

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Wife, mother, now teleworker
Kentucky Teleworks allows Courtney Woods to provide for her family with
unmatched flexibility

As a foster mother and wife, Courtney Woods already had her hands full. But she was still missing something: a job.CWoodsComputer01WB

Courtney felt she needed to better provide for her family’s needs, but she wanted a job that would not take her focus too far from her family.

She had been out of work for close to a year when a friend told her about a Kentucky Teleworks job fair and screening to be held at Daniel Boone Community Action Agency in Clay County.

She attended the event, where she was screened and interviewed. Just two weeks later, she was hired and now works full-time—from an office inside her home—for Ipsos, a global research and public opinion polling firm with offices in 67 countries.

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Eastern Kentucky C.E.P. Receives $5.2 Million Grant from U.S. Dept. of Labor
to Assist Laid-Off Coal Miners, Spouses Through H.O.M.E. Initiative

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $5,192,500 National Emergency Grant to the Hazard-based Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) to assist workers and their families impacted by layoffs at coal mining companies in Eastern Kentucky.

The funding will further power EKCEP’s Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) initiative, which is providing re-employment services not only for miners who are laid off but for their spouses who have been homemakers and are, due to the loss of wages, seeking to enter the workforce to support their families.

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Kentucky Teleworks to Open ‘Teleworks Hub’ Remote Office Facility in Hazard
With Job Screenings Feb. 25-27

Kentucky Teleworks is helping hundreds of people turn working from home in a full-time position with full benefits from a dream to reality.

Still, some who may want to take advantage of such an opportunity lack the high-speed Internet connectivity, computer equipment, and office space in their homes necessary to launch a telework career.

To combat those issues, Kentucky Teleworks—an initiative of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP)—has created the Teleworks Hub, a remote office facility in Hazard that will allow people to work in the global economy from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky when teleworking at home is not currently an option for them.

Located at the Kentucky Career Center Perry County JobSight in Hazard, the 22-office facility features state-of-the-art broadband Internet connectivity and computer equipment, as well as new office furniture.

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New H.O.M.E. Job Training Info Events Set for This Month in Hazard,
Pikeville, Harlan 

• Tuesday, Dec. 22 – Perry County JobSight, 412 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard
• Wednesday, Dec. 23 – Pike County Public Library, 199 College Street, Pikeville
• Thursday, Dec. 24 – Harlan Extension Office Depot, 110 River Street, Harlan

 

Eastern Kentucky C.E.P. Receives Statewide Grant to
Expand Opportunities for Skilled Trades Training in the Region

Eastern Kentucky workers will soon have more options to obtain training and certifications for higher-paying skilled trades like electrical, plumbing, HVAC and construction thanks to a new grant awarded to the region’s workforce development agency.

Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) has received a $25,000 planning grant that will assist its Workforce Investment Board (WIB) in encouraging partnerships with local employers to create opportunities for skilled trades apprenticeships.

Awarded by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, the “Quick Start” industry partnership grant will ultimately create programs to allow workers to become journeymen or certified master craftsmen in a variety of skilled trades.

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Out-of-Work EKY Miners, Spouses Can Continue to Enroll for Free Job,
Training Assistance With New Employment Initiative

Thanks to a new regional coal employment initiative launched by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), more than 400 out-of-work miners and their spouses signed up in just one week to get in place for free assistance and training to get them back in the workforce.

But miners throughout the region can continue to enroll in the Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) initiative for expert career advising, skills training, and job placement help—even if they missed December’s Open Enrollment Events in Perry, Pike, and Harlan counties.

Miners and coal company staff laid off in 2012, as well as their spouses who also may need to re-enter the workforce, can sign up now for H.O.M.E. by visiting a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) career advisor at their local Community Action Agency office.

Starting Monday, Jan. 7, miners throughout the region will also be able to call a special, toll-free phone number—1-855-HOME-690 (1-855-466-3690)—to find out general information about services available through H.O.M.E. and get connected with a WIA career adviser to schedule a signup appointment in their home area.

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An Additional 121 Miners, Spouses Sign Up for Assistance at Third H.O.M.E.
Open Enrollment Event in Harlan

An additional 121 out-of-work coal miners and their spouses signed up to get themselves in place for expert career advising, job placement, and training opportunities that will get them back in the workforce at Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program’s (EKCEP) third and final Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) Open Enrollment Event of 2012. Held Wednesday, Dec. 19 at The Depot in Harlan, the event follows two other successful kickoff H.O.M.E. Open Enrollment Events in Hazard and Pikeville. A total of more than 400 miners enrolled in the H.O.M.E. initiative at all three events held in just the past two weeks.

Keep watching here for additional H.O.M.E. Open Enrollment Events to be scheduled in Eastern Kentucky in early 2013!

 

About 100 Additional Miners, Spouses Sign Up for Assistance at Second
H.O.M.E. Open Enrollment Event in Pikeville

About 100 additional out-of-work coal miners and their spouses signed up to get themselves in place for expert career advising, job placement, and training opportunities that will get them back in the workforce at Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program’s (EKCEP) second of three Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) Open Enrollment Events. Held Monday, Dec. 17 at the Pikeville Campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, the event follows a successful kickoff H.O.M.E. Open Enrollment Event in Hazard held Dec. 12. A total of nearly 300 miners enrolled in the H.O.M.E. initiative at both events, and a final Open Enrollment Event for 2012 is set for Wednesday, Dec. 19 at The Depot in Harlan.

 

 

Nearly 200 Miners, Spouses Sign Up for Assistance at First H.O.M.E.
Open Enrollment Event in Hazard

Thanks to Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program's (EKCEP) Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) initiative, nearly 200 laid-off coal miners and their spouses signed up to get themselves in place for expert career advising, job placement, and training opportunities that will get them back in the workforce on Dec. 12 at the first of three H.O.M.E. Open Enrollment Events held at the Perry County JobSight workforce center in Hazard.

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EKCEP’s Whitehead Receives Top Honor from SKCTC

Jeff Whitehead, executive director of Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), has been named the recipient of the highest service award given to an individual by one of the region's 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). 

Dr. W. Bruce Ayers, president of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC), honored Whitehead with the President’s Service Award during the college's fall/winter commencement, held Dec. 7 in the Godbey Appalachian Center on the SKCTC Cumberland Campus. 

The honor is the highest award offered by the college and is given to those who work tirelessly to make the region and its people successes. 

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Enrollment Events Coming to Hazard, Pikeville, Harlan to
Allow Out-of-Work Miners, Spouses to Sign Up for Job Training Assistance

Nearly 1,700 Eastern Kentucky coal miners have lost their jobs in 2012 after several rounds of layoffs and mine closures.

More than 400 of those miners could stop receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits at the end of this month—with about 800 more following suit in February 2013—unless Congress intervenes.

Even as those deadlines loom, help toward finding out-of-work miners new skilled job opportunities and training is in the works through the Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) initiative.

Qualified miners can sign up to get in place to receive the support and training needed to get back into the workforce at three H.O.M.E. Open Enrollment Events set for this month in Eastern Kentucky.

The signup events will be held:

• Wednesday, Dec. 12 – Perry County JobSight, 412 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard

• Monday, Dec. 17 –Pikeville Campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, 120 South Riverfill Drive, Pikeville

• Wednesday, Dec. 19 –Harlan Extension Office Depot, 110 River Street, Harlan

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EKCEP’s Kentucky Teleworks Initiative Captures Statewide Technology Award

"Frankfort, KY— People across Eastern Kentucky and beyond are discovering daily they can find and secure legitimate, well-paid, work-from-home job opportunities thanks to the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program’s (EKCEP) innovative Kentucky Teleworks initiative.

The success of those efforts has now earned the initiative statewide recognition among top businesses, students, educational institutions, and government agencies that are making a difference in advancing broadband technologies in Kentucky. " Click here to read more

 

Meet & Greet Event Set for Nov. 3 in Hazard for Work-From-Home Jobs

"Eastern Kentuckians who want to get on the fast track toward legitimate, full-time, full-benefits work-at-home job opportunities for Cincinnati Bell will be able to meet face-to-face with operations, training, and recruiting managers at a special “meet and greet” informational event set for Saturday in Hazard.

Representatives of StarTek—Cincinnati Bell’s customer care and call center services vendor—will be at the Kentucky Career Center Perry County JobSight at 412 Roy Campbell Drive from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, to meet about 50 of the company’s current telework employees recruited from Eastern Kentucky. " Click here to read more

 

EKCEP's Job Clubs Featured at White House Forum

"Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program’s (EKCEP) innovative Job Clubs of Eastern Kentucky service is successfully providing the expert career-advising support, job leads, and networking insight that unemployed and underemployed Eastern Kentucky residents need to quickly get a job or better job.

Those efforts earned the attention of the U.S. Department of Labor and the opportunity for EKCEP to participate in an exclusive White House forum in Washington, D.C. to update labor and administration officials on the organization’s success in blending Job Clubs with its Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services for job seekers.

Featured during the “White House Forum on Job Clubs and Career Ministries” on behalf of EKCEP were Executive Director Jeff Whitehead and Traci Nolen, Training and Program Development Coordinator. ... " Click here to read more

 

National Companies Looking to Hire for Work-From-Home Positions
at Job Fairs in Manchester, Booneville, Hazard

"This year’s coal mining and manufacturing layoffs have cost more than 2,200 Eastern Kentucky workers their jobs and pushed the region’s unemployment rate to 12 percent—nearly four points higher than the state’s current rate of 8.3 percent.

Kentucky Teleworks can offer access to rewarding, well-paid, and legitimate jobs that can get many of those people and even their spouses back to work right now. And they won’t have to move away from home for that employment.

Kentucky Teleworks will be hosting three Telework Job Fairs in early October to find workers for thousands of available work-from-home jobs with several well-known national companies, including DIRECTV, Amazon.com, T-Mobile, Cincinnati Bell, and JPMorgan Chase."

The free events will take place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the following locations:

We will be holding three Fairs:

• Tuesday, Oct. 2—Clay County JobSight at Daniel Boone Community Action Agency, 1535 Shamrock Road, Manchester

• Wednesday, Oct. 3—Owsley County Public Library, 701 New Highway 11, Booneville

• Thursday, Oct. 4—Perry County JobSight, L.K.L.P. Community Action Council, 412 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard

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Cornett to Lead Agency Expansion, Public Relations Efforts at EKCEP

"The Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) welcomes back award-winning strategic marketing and public relations professional Michael Cornett as the agency’s Director of Agency Expansion and Public Relations.

Jeff Whitehead, EKCEP Executive Director, said that in addition to being responsible for the agency’s internal and external communications, Web and social media presence, marketing, and promotional efforts, Cornett will play an integral role in strategic planning efforts key in ensuring future expansion for the nonprofit workforce development agency’s services and programs. ... " Click here to read more

 

Prestonsburg, Pikeville Benefits Fairs to Assist Laid-Off Eastern KY Workers

"Victims of this year’s mass layoffs in coal, manufacturing and other top Eastern Kentucky industries will have the chance to connect with expert help to navigate the unemployment insurance system, get mortgage and tax assistance, and train for new careers at two upcoming Eastern Kentucky Assistance Benefits Fairs coming to Prestonsburg and Pikeville. ... " Click here to read more

 

Benefits Fair Information

We will have partners involved such as: Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Programs, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, Office of Employment and Training, Adult Education, Kentucky Community Technical and College Systems, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Kentucky Mountain Health Alliance, KRCC, KRADD, and Vocational Rehabilitation just to name a few. These agencies will be on hand to discuss in detail the service they provide and how to apply.

We will be holding three Fairs:

• Thursday, July 26th at the Perry County Jobsight in Hazard, KY. 10am to 6pm

• Wednesday, August 15th at the Harlan County Extension Depot in Harlan, KY. 10am to 6pm.

• Tuesday, August 28th at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, KY. 10am to 6pm.

For more information, call (606) 436-3161. "

 

Practice Makes Perfect At Job Club Interview Day

"One of the most important steps in getting a job is doing well in the job interview, yet most people go to job interviews without having any practice or informed preparation. Job Clubs of Eastern Kentucky give their members the advantage of being well rehearsed. Throughout eastern Kentucky, job clubs give their members a chance to learn and polish their job-interviewing skills by providing a “mock interview day,” like the one held recently in Paintsville. Setting up practice interviews is one of the many ways job clubs are helping hundreds of eastern Kentucky job seekers improve their odds of getting a job. At the recent mock interview day, members of the Johnson County Job Club ... " Click here to read more

 

WIA Career Advice Gives Rosetta Berry an Edge

"Many people throughout eastern Kentucky are learning that a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) career advisor is one of the best friends a job seeker can have. One who has learned this is Rosetta Berry of Clay County. With the help of her WIA career advisors, Rosetta bounced back from a layoff and found a new career that she loves. Rosetta had spent most of her career working in administrative ... " Click here to read more

 

WIA Career Advice Opens Doors For Teresa Falls

"Many people throughout eastern Kentucky are learning that a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) career advisor is one of the best friends a job seeker can have. Teresa Falls of Manchester has learned. With the help of her WIA career advisor, Teresa planned a career path, found money to pay for college, and got a good job as a teacher. Teresa is the first college graduate ... " Click here to read more

 

Job Club Leads to New Job for Chasity Turner

"Hundreds of Eastern Kentuckians have experienced the fact that “people lead people to jobs” by attending Job Clubs of Eastern Kentucky. Chasity Turner is one of the many eastern Kentuckians who have benefitted from job clubs. Chasity found a good job as a medical assistant with the help from the Harlan County Job Club, which meets every Wednesday from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at The Depot in Harlan. “I’m working, thanks to job club. It’s very helpful and if you stick with it you will find a job,” Chasity said. The free job club is sponsored ... " Click here to read more

 

Job Club Beats Bad Luck For Dewey Lawson

"Hundreds of Eastern Kentuckians have experienced the fact that “people lead people to jobs” by attending Job Clubs of Eastern Kentucky. Dewey Lawson is one of the many eastern Kentuckians who have benefited from job clubs. Dewey found a good job in demolition with help from the Clay County Job Club, which meets every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Daniel Boone Community Action Agency, 1535 Shamrock Road, Manchester. “If you really want ... " Click here to read more

 

Josh Howard Overcomes Obstacles With WIA Youth Programs

"Josh Howard proudly shows off the name in big metallic letters on the door of his Pineville office. It says “Howard Law Firm,” and it is there because of hard work, ambition, and some help from family, friends, and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs for young people. Josh, 27, has an air of confidence and ambition as he talks about his plans for his business ... " Click here to read more

 

Job Club Leads Kenny Rice to New Career

"Hundreds of people across eastern Kentucky have already experienced Job Clubs of Eastern Kentucky, a new approach to job hunting that gives them an advantage when searching for employment. Kenny Rice of Johnson County is one of those people. Kenny went from being unemployed to having a good job at Whayne Supply with the help of the Floyd County Job Club. Despite having a college degree and a good deal of management and sales ... " Click here to read more

 

Veteran Finds Rewarding Job Through Job Club

"Larry Lanning gets a lot of satisfaction out his job. As a disabled veterans’ representative for the Kentucky Office of Employment & Training (OET), he travels around eastern Kentucky helping veterans overcome barriers to employment. A 20-year Army vet himself ... " Click here to read more

 

Victoria Boston Enters Global Job Market With Kentucky Teleworks

"Victoria Faye Boston has found a way to live locally while working globally, with the help of Kentucky Teleworks. Barbourville-native Victoria is one of nearly 3,000 Kentuckians who Kentucky Teleworks has helped enter the global work-from-home market. Kentucky Teleworks is a free service of Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), Inc. that connects job seekers with information and job listings for work-from-home jobs from around the world and helps prepare them to compete for those ... " Click here to read more

 

Opportunity Cooking at Jabo's State of Mine

"A new Hazard restaurant is serving up more than just tasty local cooking. It's also working with local non-profit agencies to provide job opportunities for local young people like Lynn Hayden. Lynn is a hostess at the recently opened “Jabo's State of Mine” restaurant in the Hazard Village Shopping Center. She greets customers warmly when they enter and helps them find tables in the eastern Kentucky-themed eatery that reflects life in Hazard, from the decorations on its walls and its “Friends of Coal” room ... " Click here to read more

 

Kentucky Telework's Ball Named Young Professional of the Year

"Joshua Ball, manager of Eastern Kentucky C.E.P.’s innovative Kentucky Teleworks initiative, was recently named “Young Professional of the Year” at the Young Professionals of Eastern Kentucky’s (YPEK) annual awards dinner in Barbourville. YPEK is a non-profit organization devoted to supporting young professionals and preparing them to be community leaders. The group honored Ball for his work with the Kentucky Teleworks initiative, which identifies telework job opportunities (i.e., jobs that can be done from home via the Internet) and helps qualified eastern Kentuckians land those jobs. Johnathan Gay, co-chairman of YPEK ... " Click here to read more

 

Jamin Leger Gets Hired With Kentucky Teleworks

"Jamin Leger of Whitley County is one of a growing number of Kentuckians who have expanded their career opportunities beyond the region where they live, thanks to the wide world of jobs available through Kentucky Teleworks. Leger, 34, was an early client of Kentucky Teleworks, a service of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. that connects local people with work-from-home job ... " Click here to read more

 

Perry Job Club Leads To Good Jobs

"Local job seekers are discovering that the Perry County Job Club is the place to go if they want to get hired and get hired quickly. The job club started quickly and 18 of the 25 job seekers who took part in the first club found employment within the first 12 weeks. Since then, other job club members have steadily found work. “We’re very pleased that the job club was able to help so many people, and we hope it can help many more. I encourage any job seeker who wants to get serious about their job search to try it,” said Traci Nolen, job club coordinator for the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), Inc., which has initiated job clubs throughout eastern Kentucky in partnership with the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training (OET) and local community action agencies. The Perry County Job Club ... " Click here to read more

 

Janine Musser Connects to Global Job Market with
Kentucky Teleworks

"If you travel for miles down a narrow gravel road deep into the woods of Wolfe County, you’ll find a beautiful house made from pines that fell during an ice storm. Nestled by a small pond, this cozy home and its nature and art-loving inhabitants, the Mussers, feel almost like a natural feature of the woods. It’s an unlikely site for a high-tech revolution in employment opportunities, but that’s what it is. Janine Musser is in the vanguard of a group of eastern Kentuckians who are using the latest technology to work from home, thanks to Kentucky Teleworks. Without leaving home, Janine works for ... " Click here to read more

 

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Rosetta Berry
Rosetta Berry gets edge from WIA career advising. Click here for more.

Teresa Falls
Career advising opens doors for Teresa Falls. Click here for more.

Chasity Turner
Chasity Turner finds good job with Job Club. Click here for more.

Dewey Lawson
Dewey Lawson beats bad luck with Job Club. Click here for more.

Josh Howard
Josh Howard suceeds with WIA youth programs. Click here for more.


Kenny Rice gets his career on track with job club. Click here for more.

Larry Lanning
Larry Lanning found a "super" job through job club. Click here for more.

Victoria Boston
Victoria Boston finds rewarding job through Kentucky Teleworks. Click here for more.

Jamin Leger
Jamin Leger finds work with Kentucky Teleworks. Click here for more.

Doug Owens
Doug Owens found a rewarding job with job club. Click here for more.

Janine Musser
Janine Musser connects with Kentucky Teleworks. Click here for more.


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