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Kentucky to unveil new digital platform to support transition-age youth in foster care

A new digital portal called Kentucky RISE (Resources for Independence, Success and Empowerment) is set to be unveiled Wednesday at the Kentucky Independent Living Youth Empowerment Conference in Lexington. The new website is part of a rebranding project for the state’s independent living program for transition-age youth in the foster care system. The web-based portal, kyrise.ky.gov, will be accessible...

Eastern Kentucky construction training program helping those in recovery build new lives

Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A new job training program in Eastern Kentucky will teach people in recovery from substance abuse how to build homes. The Housing Development Alliance, a non-profit organization in Hazard, has partnered with Perry County drug court and Hickory Hill Recovery Center to provide on-the-job construction training for men and women in recovery. They’ll be paid for...

Rural Blog: ARC awards $26 million to job training projects in coal-impacted communities in five states

The Appalachian Region Commission has announced 28 awards of nearly $26 million in coal-impacted communities in five states with two of the largest grants going to Prestonsburg and Hazard. ARC said funds will “train more than 7,300 workers and students impacted by the changing coal economy in certificate, credentialing, and other workforce development programs. They will also create or retain...

Bluegrass WIB training program aimed at better preparing job seekers for new careers

    Staff Report   In the Bluegrass region, 8,500 jobs are looking for job seekers.   The highest areas of need are manufacturing, health care, information technology, and transportation, distribution and logistics. But jobs are available in every possible field.   To help match employers with qualified employees, the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board is launching an innovative,...