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ARC STAR Program

The Center for Rural Development announces STAR program

The STAR program will establish a new workforce development program to provide individuals in recovery from substance use disorder with job and vocational skills training and connect them to recovery wraparound support services so they can successfully enter or re-enter the workforce and maintain long-term recovery.

The $300,000 grant awarded to The Center for Rural Development is part of a $12 million package through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s INSPIRE initiative. The initiative addresses the region’s substance use disorder crisis with investments that strengthen services in the recovery ecosystem and help facilitate workforce entry and re-entry.

What is STAR?

In partnership with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and local employers,  The Center for Rural Development will offer training in the following subjects to individuals in recovery:

  • Basic computer skills
  • Essential soft skills
  • Specialized workforce training and short-term certification programs in targeted high-demand industries with immediate job openings – including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, industrial maintenance, commercial truck driving, hospitality and food service, and medical billing and coding.

Who is eligible?

Forty-three Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties within The Center for Rural Development’s primary service area will be served through the STAR program.

They include: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.

For more information or to apply:

Call: 606-677-6000