Connected Nation announces innovative initiative that combines digital skills training with job fairs across Kentucky
Bowling Green, Kentucky (August 17, 2023) – Connected Nation (CN) today announced the addition of job fairs and job search assistance to the nonprofit’s already successful digital skills classes offered throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A combined job fair and skills training event will be held on Thursday, August 24, at McKee Industrial Development Authority in Jackson County at 1:30 p.m. EST.
CN’s free digital skills classes have been offered since May 2022 as part of an effort to advance digital literacy in Kentucky and across America. To advance digital literacy, CN teamed up with AT&T for these in-person and virtual Digital Literacy and Learning Workshops, where this training is needed for the digital empowerment of residents. This effort has helped over 2,700 participants gain essential skills to thrive in today’s digital world.
The new effort will help new technology users and job seekers improve their marketability and increase their chances of landing a job. The classes cover topics such as email basics and internet basics. To register for the August 24 job fair/training, visit: https://surveys.connectednation.org/s3/Jackson-County-IDA.
“As technology continues to reshape the job market, possessing essential digital skills has become a pivotal factor in securing meaningful employment and professional growth,” said Heather Gate, CN’s Executive Vice President of Digital Inclusion. “Connected Nation recognizes that the ability to harness technology effectively not only improves the chances of landing the right job but also improves quality of life. This has been the focus of our program for years.”
“Job seekers who possess a proficient grasp of digital tools have a leg up when participating in virtual interviews, communicating professionally via email, and searching for the right job,” added Tammy Spring, Operations Manager for Digital Works. “We are proud to combine our two competencies of providing basic digital skills training and job readiness to the residents of Kentucky. CN has provided job skills training via the Digital Works program resulting in over 1,200 job placements in remote jobs and see this as an opportunity of connecting people with jobs.”
Currently offered throughout Kentucky, the combined job fairs/digital skills classes are expected to be expanded to additional states in the near future. In the meantime, Connected Nation is partnering with local community organizations to host in-person and virtual workshops across the United States. If your community is interested in hosting a workshop, visit: https://connectednation.org/digital-literacy-workshops/.
About Connected Nation: The national nonprofit’s mission is to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand access to and increase the adoption and use of broadband (high-speed internet) and its related technologies for all people. Everyone belongs in a Connected Nation. Learn more at connectednation.org.