Whitesburg KY

Center launches workforce training initiative

The Center for Rural Development is launching ‘Your Center of Learning’ workforce training initiative for job seekers and employers at a March 9 Orientation Meeting in Hazard .

Are you looking to move up the career ladder or get the competitive edge in today’s tight job market? Are you an employer looking to focus more on profits and sales and less on delivering time-consuming, in-house workforce training?

The Center for Rural Development stands ready to provide the solutions you need for workplace success with Your Center of Learning, The Center’s new workforce and career-training program.

Your Center of Learning’s class off erings will be unveiled and explained to Eastern Kentucky employers and jobseekers at a free regional Orientation Meeting on Tuesday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the Perry County Job- Sight One-Stop Workforce Center. The Perry County JobSight is located at 412 Roy Campbell Drive in Hazard, off Morton Boulevard and just past Whayne Supply.

Training staff will provide information on Your Center of Learning’s slate of instructor-led, in-person training classes, as well as its Web-based classes off ered through its Online Learning Solutions system.

If you’ve lost your job at no fault of your own, staff will also help you determine if you qualify to train for free.

“The employers and jobseekers of our region have told us their needs, and we listened and responded with Your Center of Learning,” Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, said. “We will be providing this training for people who need to rebound from a layoff or simply want to move up the career ladder, and to groups of employees of businesses where leaders are looking to boost productivity and management ability.

“By doing so, The Center is doing its part to help the region recover from these trying economic times, and also chart new courses for workforce success and effectiveness among our business community,” Lawson said.

“The Center continues to seek training opportunities that will enhance the lives of individuals and economic sustainability of communities within our service region,” Jim Tackett, associate vice president of leadership, education, and training for The Center, added. “As additional needs are identifi ed within the region, The Center will develop partnerships that complement other training programs rather than compete with them.”

Your Center of Learning’s instructor-led classes—provided over six-to-10-week sessions—help participants build the skills they need to set themselves apart from their peers in a highly competitive business environment. Instructors teach critical concepts using a fun, hands-on approach to help address all types of learning styles.

Subject matter covered by the classes includes leadership, communication styles, entry-level management, computer literacy, sales, and customer service.

The classes are open to individuals, or to employers who wish to send blocks of their employees for training.

Specialty classes are also being offered where participants can receive training necessary to become a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or start their own small business through the intensive, six-month Business Your Way entrepreneurship program.

Pricing information for all instructor-led classes will be outlined at the orientation meeting. Information also will be presented on workforce investment-related financial aid that may cover the costs to participate for individuals who have lost their jobs at no fault of their own or meet other qualifying financial factors.

Additionally, Your Center for Learning’s Online Learning Solutions—accessible through www.centertech. com —is an internet portal where participants can find more than 300 affordable online classes. New six-week sessions of each online class are available every month. Each class features comprehensive hands-on instruction, quizzes, assignments, and a final exam.

A professional instructor facilitates each course, and is available to answer questions on class content, give feedback, and guide participants along the online learning experience.

For more information on Your Center of Learning and to RSVP for the March 9 Orientation Meeting, contact Jessica Melton at The Center for Rural Development toll free at 1-888-248-9438 or via e-mail at jmelton@centertech. com.

The Center for Rural Development—the Center of Excellence for rural Kentucky and the nation— provides economic and community development programs to residents in a 42-county primary service area of Southern and Eastern Kentucky, and is home to several statewide and national technology-based programs. For more information on programs available through The Center, visit www.centertech.com.

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