Tech companies look to reinvent eastern Kentucky workforce

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PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Louisville-based software company says it is expanding its training program for eastern Kentucky students in regions hit hard by the loss of coal jobs.

Interapt says it plans to offer a second training class later this year. The company’s first class, announced last year, recently graduated and is now working in the company’s eastern Kentucky office to develop mobile phone apps.

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Interapt is one of several companies hoping to jumpstart eastern Kentucky’s economy by reinventing its workforce. A manufacturing school to teach out-of-work coal miners how to operate advanced computer numeric control machines is scheduled to open this year. And Bitsource, a software and website development company, has been coding for two years in Pikeville after hiring former coal miners.

 

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