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Center for Rural Development receives $300K from ARC initiative

From Sharon Dodson

The Center for Rural Development has been awarded $300,000 by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to implement the Succeed, Thrive and Recover (STAR) program to benefit businesses and individuals in recovery in 43 Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties, including Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, and Russell.

The STAR program is part of a $12 million award package through the ARC's INSPIRE initiative.

"I commend The Center for Rural Development for their work supporting the recovery ecosystem in Appalachian Kentucky and are integral to bringing our INSPIRE projects to life," said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. "The Center is a great asset in our efforts to address the region's substance use disorder crisis, and I look forward to seeing how they will help build a strong recovery ecosystem and stronger workforce for the opportunities of tomorrow."

This project will establish a new workforce development program to provide individuals in recovery from substance use disorder with job and vocational skills training and connect them to recovery wraparound support services so they can successfully enter or re-enter the workforce and maintain long-term recovery.

"We are excited to implement the STAR program in 43 Kentucky counties within our service area to assist with the region's substance abuse crisis," added Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center. "Our region needs skilled and trained workers to compete with the growing demands in today's economy. The training is designed to provide job and vocational skills that will help participants to enter or re-enter the workforce."

In partnership with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and local employers, The Center for Rural Development will offer training in the following subjects to persons in recovery: basic computer skills, essential soft skills, and specialized workforce training and short-term certification programs in targeted high-demand industries with immediate job openings--including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, industrial maintenance, commercial truck driving, hospitality and food service, and medical billing and coding.

The project is expected to serve 494 workers and 40 businesses.

The Kentucky ARC counties in The Center's primary service area to be served by the STAR program include: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.

This story was posted on 2022-09-22 06:39:42
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