East Kentucky Works Podcast

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Synopsis

Want to know what's happening in Eastern Kentucky's workforce and beyond? You're in the right place! Produced by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), The East Kentucky Works Podcast provides a glimpse into the world of workforce and economic development in our part of Central Appalachia. We'll hear from leaders in economic development, employers, workers, and more. EKCEP, a nonprofit workforce development agency headquartered in Hazard, Ky., serves the citizens of 23 Appalachian coalfield counties. Learn more about us at www.ekcep.org, www.jobsight.org and www.facebook.com/ekcep.

Episodes

  • Episode 32: Kentucky's Employer Resource Network (ERN)

    06/04/2020 Duration: 41min

    This week, host Trish Adams is talking with the president of the Employer Resource Network (ERN) James Vander Hulst about what exactly the ERN model is and how he thinks it will be beneficial to the state and region.To learn more about ERN, go to https://www.ern-usa.com/.This episode was recorded at the EKCEP offices in Hazard, Ky., prior to the current state of emergency put in place in response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to https://www.ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 31: Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR)

    30/03/2020 Duration: 38min

    On this week's episode, we're talking progress in the mountains with SOAR Executive Director Jared Arnett! From how the SOAR initiative got started and what exactly it is to where it's headed this year and what SOAR has in store for Eastern Kentucky, host Trish Adams gets the answers to all the questions you've had about SOAR.To learn more about SOAR, go to https://www.soar-ky.org/.This episode was recorded at the Bit Source, LLC., offices in Pikeville, Ky., prior to the current state of emergency put in place in response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to https://www.ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 30: Assistance Available at Kentucky Career Centers During Coronavirus Pandemic

    23/03/2020 Duration: 28min

    This week on the podcast we're replaying an episode of WYMT's "Issues & Answers" series featuring remote interviews via Skype with EKCEP Executive Director Jeff Whitehead and EKCEP Director of Agency Expansion and Teleworks USA Michael Cornett on the topic of workforce assistance during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. If your job has been affected by the pandemic, you can contact your local Kentucky Career Center JobSight within the EKCEP service area at the following numbers based on your location:Bell-Whitley CAA (Bell County): 606-337-3044Big Sandy Area CAP (Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike counties): 606-789-2857Daniel Boone CAA (Clay and Jackson counties): 606-598-5127Gateway CA (Menifee and Morgan counties): 606-743-3133Harlan CAA (Harlan County): 606-573-5335, extensions 237, 236, 241, or 233KCEOC CAP (Knox County): 606-546-2639LKLP CAC (Knott, Leslie, Letcher, and Perry counties): 606-436-3161Middle Kentucky CAP (Breathitt, Lee, Owsley, and Wolfe counties): 606-666-2369Northeast K

  • Episode 29: From Coal Mining to Computer Coding

    16/03/2020 Duration: 37min

    This week we're talking with Bit Source, LLC, co-founders Rusty Justice and Lynn Parrish about how they were able to mine computer coders out of the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky. Bit Source, founded in 2015 in Pikeville, Ky., is a tech start-up that offers full-service software development to businesses across the nation. Parrish and Justice discuss how Eastern Kentucky can turn its economy around with the help of coding and the digital economy, and how Bit Source can play a part in that.To learn more about Bit Source, go to https://www.bitsourceky.com/.This episode was recorded at the Bit Source, LLC., offices in Pikeville, Ky.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to https://www.ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 28: Appalachia Cyber Summit

    10/03/2020 Duration: 35min

    UPDATE: In light of new and heightened recommendations from state and national health experts discouraging large gatherings in wake of the COVID-19, or coronavirus, the first-ever Appalachia Cyber Summit, this subject of this podcast episode, has been POSTPONED.  A new date will be announced soon. Check www.thereisafuture.org/cybersummit for updates. A lot of thought and effort is being put into the development of a tech sector in Appalachian Kentucky, and that includes a focus on cybersecurity. EKCEP is partnering with Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), Eastern Telephone & Technologies, Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and Four 18 Intelligence to bring the first-ever Appalachia Cyber Summit to Eastern Kentucky.Sponsored by Amazon Web Services, the Summit will focus on the threat of cyber crimes to local and regional businesses and government entities, and also the solutions that are in place to help keep these businesses and organizations safe. Joining us this week on the podcast is Joshua Bal

  • Episode 27: Talking Tech in Eastern Kentucky with Richard Murch

    02/03/2020 Duration: 38min

    This week we're talking with Richard Murch, an IT professional of more than 30 years, author, consultant for Teleworks USA during its inception, and advocate for the tech industry advancing the economy in Eastern Kentucky. Murch has worked for companies like IBM and Anderson Consulting and believes Eastern Kentuckians can benefit tremendously from technological developments available in the region now and in the future.This episode was recorded at the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program's (EKCEP) offices in Hazard, Ky.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to https://www.ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 26: Talking Kentucky's Workforce with KWIB Chairman Pat Murphy

    24/02/2020 Duration: 27min

    This week we're talking with Pat Murphy, chairman of the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB). The KWIB serves as an advisory board to the Governor on workforce training and development issues, and is also charged with creating a statewide vision for workforce development and adopting a plan to move Kentucky forward through workforce training and development.You can learn more about the KWIB online at https://kwib.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspxThis episode was recorded onsite at the Mayo-Underwood state office building in Frankfort, Ky.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to https://www.ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 25: Bridging the Education Gap for Adults with Kentucky Skills U

    10/02/2020 Duration: 34min

    This week we're talking Kentucky Skills U with Executive Director Reecie Stagnolia and Regional Coordinator Janet Slayden as they discuss efforts to connect adults to career and educational opportunities, and assist folks with earning their GED, or high school equivalency degree.Learn more online at https://kyskillsu.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspxThis episode was recorded onsite at the Mayo-Underwood state office building in Frankfort, Ky.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 24: UPS LOOP Program

    03/02/2020 Duration: 30min

    With our first new episode of 2020, we're talking about the UPS LOOP program and opportunities for Eastern Kentucky residents to earn wages and educational benefits from UPS while attending Jefferson Community and Technical College.We'll hear from Bill Geiger, UPS workforce planning manager in Louisville; Recruiting Supervisor Brittany McConnell; Workforce Planning Manager Pat Murphy, who also serves as chairman of the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board; and Kelly Cummins, who retired from UPS and also worked in state government.Learn more about the UPS LOOP program online at https://www.jobs-ups.com/earn-and-learnThis episode was recorded onsite at the Mayo-Underwood state office building in Frankfort, Ky.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 23: Talking Agriculture with Kentucky Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles

    23/12/2019 Duration: 41min

    On this special holiday episode of the East Kentucky Works Podcast, EKCEP Industry Liaison Trish Adams sits down in Frankfort, Ky. with Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles to talk all things farming and food, and how the future of agriculture in the state is tied with economic development. Don't miss that last episode of 2019, and stay tuned in the New Year for more exciting conversations about the region! Learn more about the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, go to www.kyagr.com/commissioner/.This episode was recorded at the offices of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in Frankfort, Ky.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 22: Next Move Group Podcast

    16/12/2019 Duration: 36min

    This week EKCEP Industry Liaison Trish Adams brings us a conversation all the way from New Orleans, La., with Next Move Group: We Are Jobs' Co-founder and CEO Chad Chancellor. The Next Move Group is a management consulting firm dedicated to improving the economic futures of emerging and mid-sized companies and communities. Trish and Chad sit down to talk about the economic efforts going on in Eastern Kentucky and across the state and nation.Learn more about Next Move Group at www.thenextmovegroup.com.This episode was recorded at the Next Move Group office in New Orleans, La.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 21: Dajcor

    25/11/2019 Duration: 26min

    Dajcor Aluminum Vice President of Operations Steve Everitt joins EKCEP Industry Liaison Trish Adams for this week's episode of the East Kentucky Works podcast. Dajcor is an aluminum extrusion company out of Canada that is set to open a new plant in the Coal Fields Industrial Park in Perry County in 2020 and bring 200 jobs to the region in the next five years. Join us to listen to Trish's and Steve's conversation about the process of opening a new plant in a new country, how Dajcor made the decision to move into Eastern Kentucky, and what the future holds for the company and the region.Learn more about Dajcor Aluminum online at https://dajcor.com/.This episode was recorded at the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program's (EKCEP) offices in Hazard, Ky.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com

  • Episode 20: How YOUR Kentucky Career Center JobSight Can Work for YOU, with Middle Kentucky Career Center JobSight

    31/10/2019 Duration: 26min

    A partner in the Kentucky Career Center JobSight network of workforce centers, the Middle Kentucky Career Center provides Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services in Breathitt, Lee, Owsley, and Wolfe counties under contract with the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP). Those services include programs for adults, dislocated workers, and for in-school and out-of-school youth who may need assistance honing skills such as résumé building or networking with local employers, or who need assistance being retrained or going to school.Middle Kentucky WIOA Director Beth Spencer, Career Advisor Amber Teverbaugh, and Workforce Services Coordinator Michelle Feltner join EKCEP Industry Liaison Trish Adams for this week's episode of the East Kentucky Works podcast.Learn more about Middle Kentucky online: www.mkcap.orgThis episode was recorded at the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program's (EKCEP) offices in Hazard, Ky.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to

  • Episode 19: Kentucky Association for Economic Development

    24/10/2019 Duration: 32min

    The Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) is a 600-member association that represents 355 unique companies in the Commonwealth and "works with the Cabinet for Economic Development and other state organizations that support economic development," according to its website.Floyd County native Matthew Tackett is the association's president and CEO and joins EKCEP Industry Liaison Trish Adams for this week's episode of the East Kentucky Works podcast. Learn more about the KAED online: kaedonline.org/This episode was recorded at the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program's (EKCEP) offices in Hazard, Ky.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 18: University of the Cumberlands

    17/10/2019 Duration: 30min

    The University of the Cumberlands' Brad Hall, assistant to the president and executive director of the Appalachian Institute and Medical Education, sits down with us this week to talk about the college's commitment to the region. The private, non-profit college located in Williamsburg, Ky., has made strides over the years to help make education more attainable to students in the Appalachian mountains--including those less traditional students that are all the more prevalent in 2019.You can learn more about the University of the Cumberlands online at https://www.ucumberlands.edu/.This episode was recorded onsite at EKCEP's office in Hazard, Ky.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 17: Registered Apprenticeships with Mountain Enterprises

    07/10/2019 Duration: 28min

    Mountain Enterprises is a very recognizable asphalt and paving company and one of the largest employers in Eastern Kentucky. Angie Reynolds is the human resources manager with Mountain Enterprises, and in this episode she discusses the company's efforts with registered apprenticeships and on-the-job training. She is also joined by Tonya Boyd, human resources generalist. You can learn more about Mountain Enterprises online at http://www.mountaincompanies.com/This episode was recorded onsite at the Mountain Enterprises office in Hager Hill, Ky. To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 16: Boone Ridge Wildlife Center

    30/09/2019 Duration: 47min

    David Ledford is the president and CEO of the Appalachian Wildlife Foundation and working to open the Boone Ridge wildlife center in Bell County by 2021. The center will be the first of its kind in the region, and set to capitalize on the region's natural beauty and diverse ecosystem. In this episode, Ledford and host Trish Adams discuss the foundation's work to bring Boone Ridge to fruition, and how the center will be a tourism draw for the area. This episode was recorded onsite at the Appalachian Wildlife Foundation's office in Corbin, Ky. You can learn more about the foundation online at http://www.appalachianwildlife.com/To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 15: Bridging the Gap Between Addiction Recovery and Workforce

    23/09/2019 Duration: 29min

    In early 2019 the Eastern Kentucky Addiction and Recovery Training (eKART) program launched to help bridge the gap between addiction recovery and participation in the workforce. The eKART program provides services to Kentucky employers and partners by developing positive practices in response to the opioid abuse epidemic and related workplace challenges. It provides a full array of training, technical assistance, case management, and support services to assist people in recovery who are seeking employment and training. In this week's episode, eKART Project Manager Missie Quillen joins the podcast to talk about the program and ongoing efforts. This episode was recorded onsite at the EKCEP offices in Hazard, Ky. To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • Episode 14: RT Welding & Fabrication

    17/09/2019 Duration: 43min

    When the coal industry crashed a few years ago, Tim Rice was forced to retool his business, RT Welding & Fabrication in Harlan County. Rice is currently looking to expand his company and working with organizations such as Advantage Kentucky Alliance, Small Business Development Center, and EKCEP to help make it happen. In this week's episode, Rice and his quality assurance manager, Jamie Stewart, discuss their work in Eastern Kentucky and how their efforts can result in a more diverse clientele for the company. Rice, who is also active in local community development initiatives, also discusses his views on a more diverse economy, as well. This episode was recorded onsite at RT Welding & Fabrication. Learn more about the business online: https://www.rtweldingandfab.com/To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on to ekcep.org.Intro music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (h

  • Episode 13: Job Clubs

    09/09/2019 Duration: 26min

    EKCEP's Job Clubs helps connect jobseekers with employers in the region. A Job Club is a small group of jobseekers that meets to share leads and networking opportunities, and develop skills such as interviewing and résumé building. EKCEP and its Kentucky Career Center JobSight workforce network, in collaboration with Community Action Partnership and the Kentucky Career Development Office, sponsor the program. On this week's episode, EKCEP's Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator and Job Clubs Training Coordinator Dottie Nolan sits down to talk about what Job Clubs can offer to the Eastern Kentucky region's jobseekers and what jobseekers can expect when they walk into a Job Club session.This episode was recorded onsite at EKCEP's office in Hazard, Ky.Find out more about a Job Club near you at https://www.jobsight.org/jobseeker/support_groups or follow Job Clubs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jobclubseky to get the most up-to-date schedules and news.To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and ex

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