April Riddell is among the first people in a four county region (Clark, Estill, Powell and Madison counties) of Kentucky, to earn a Certificate of Completion and Graduate from the Job Access Program.
The Job Access Program is a short-term program currently funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) and administered by Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. The program is designed to provide career coaching through state-of-the-art employability skills instruction, including effective job search strategies for people entering, or re-entering, the workforce in a recovering economy. Kentucky River Foothills partners with the Estill County Adult Education Center to conduct free Job Access classes at the Adult Education Center every Friday, to qualified participants who reside in Estill County.
To successfully graduate from the Job Access Program, participants are required to engage in weekly employability appointments that focus on effective techniques for gaining sustainable employment. Participants must enroll at Adult Education and earn a WorkKeys® based – Kentucky Employability Certificate (KEC). In addition, they must also create achievement and skill-based resumes and cover letters, actively and aggressively search for jobs matched to the participants’ interest areas, prepare for and obtain interviews, independently gain employment, and maintain that employment for a minimum of 90 days after completing employability classes.
For more information about the Job Access Program in Estill County, please contact Jennifer Napier or Chasity Leslie at Kentucky River Foothills at (606) 723-4492, or Mary Skipper, Director of Estill County Adult Education at (606) 723-7323.