The Appalachian Regional Commission, slated for elimination by the Trump Administration, Wednesday released $15.7 million in funding for economic development projects, including a $1.4 million grant to the Washington Greene County Job Training Agency to train displaced workers from the coal sector.
The Pennsylvania grant is for the Appalachian Region Code (ARCODE) Initiative. The ARCODE Initiative will teach high-demand skills in software engineering and development to displaced workers from the coal sector in southwest Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
It harnesses and combines the software training expertise of Mined Minds, a proven software development training organization, and CentralApp, an international software solutions developer.
The two will work together to provide courses and certifications needed to qualify for high-demand technology jobs, enabling participants to work locally for companies that can be located anywhere in the world.
Mined Minds will provide a supply of certified tech talent that program partners and others will be able to hire locally or contract for short-term, labor-intensive projects.
CentralApp trainees who obtain certifications will have access to CentralApp Talent Exchange and will obtain work from its customer base of thousands of active Salesforce customers, systems integrators, and consultancies.
The project will train and place 71 workers in computer tech jobs at seven or more companies.
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