PIKEVILLE – It is no secret the economy in Eastern Kentucky has taken a beating. With a lack of industry in the area, families are moving away to find jobs. However, a new hope of prosperity is on the horizon. Thanks to a partnership between Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), East Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program and Interapt, residents of Eastern Kentucky have the opportunity to apply for well-paying technology jobs coming to the area soon.
For the past seven years, Interapt has proven that great technology can be built outside of Silicon Valley. Its work focuses on implementing new technologies in the workplace, improving customer and employee engagement, solving operational challenges and securing new opportunities.
EKCEP (Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc.) is providing funding, primarily through two coal mining and Community Impact National Emergency Grants and integration into the federal workforce development system through its various initiatives and the Kentucky Career Center JobSight regional workforce network. EKCEP leads Eastern Kentucky’s designation as a TechHire Community in the national TechHire initiative launched in 2015. TechHire’s mission is to create pathways to accelerated training leading to employment in middle to high skill IT jobs to address the growing national shortage of IT workers.
” When we were told we wanted to build a technology company in Louisville, Kentucky people thought we were crazy,” said Interapt CEO Ankur Gopal. “Today, we have developed a successful business outside of Silicone Valley. We want to build an ecosystem of technology in Kentucky. If the people are willing to put in the time and effort to train with us and learn coding, we are willing to invest in the future of Kentucky.”
The inaugural Interapt TechHire class will begin September 6. The first internship program will be feature two groups of 25 interns. Additional rounds of internships will be offered following the initial program. The plan is to provide seven additional rounds of internships over four years, totaling 400 enrollees. Individuals hired for the opportunity will spend between six and hours of class per day (including assisted lab time) during typical daytime working hours, five days per week. To be considered for TEKY, applicants must reside in one of the following counties: Bell, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Harland, Jackson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe.
Applicants applying for the internship should be comfortable working with simple mathematical equations that include operator precedence, the associative, commutative, and distributive properties, and simple functions. The company recommends applicants review the first three weeks of Stanford’s Online CS101 course.
Applicants accepted into the internship program will be paid $400 per week to learn. Successful progress in the initial 20-week segment of the internship will allow an individual to qualify for an extended internship of up to 16 weeks and extended full-time internship pay of no less than $10 per hour.
Upon completion of the full 9-month program, Interapt will hire an individual at a starting annual salary between $30,000 and $40,000.
For more information on the program, visit www.interapt.com.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.