First-ever Appalachia Cyber Summit postponed

Organizers of the first-ever Appalachia Cyber Summit have announced postponement of the event in light of new and heightened recommendations from state and national health experts since Tuesday discouraging large gatherings in wake of COVID-19, or coronavirus.  The event was scheduled to take place on Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Ky.


Knott Countian Ryan Smith Takes Steps in Recovery and to a New Career with Help from eKART

By his own admission, Ryan Smith’s drug addiction was behind many of the choices he made, and it had been that way for years.

“I was staying in trouble all the time, just didn’t have nowhere to go,” he says. “I didn’t have any money, spent it all on drugs.”


EKCEP Medical Coding Program Answers Letcher Countian Mandy Kiser’s Prayers for New, Sustaining Career in Hometown

For Mandy Kiser, a native of Letcher County, finding a lucrative and sustaining career in her hometown seemed many days like a pipe dream.


U.S. Dept. of Labor Awards $3.7 Million to EKCEP for Continued Assistance to Dislocated Miners and Spouses

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced more than $3.7 million in National Dislocated Worker Grant funding to Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), Inc. to assist coal miners and their families affected by recent industry layoffs.


EKCEP Employer Services Team Assists Welding Company, Phillips Diversified, with Apprenticeship to Retain Skilled Employees

Clay Countian Joseph Taylor started off the new year in 2019 with a huge accomplishment—becoming a welding journeyman with Phillips Diversified Manufacturing, a contract manufacturer with five facilities in Clay and Jackson counties.

“I can only go up from here, and just continue to better myself,” Taylor says.