ConnectKentucky, Thorn Hill Education Center Announce Partnership to Bring Jobs Program to Frankfort

Innovative Digital Works offers training in 21st century job skills 

Frankfort, KY — ConnectKentucky is bringing the innovative Digital Works program to Kentucky, partnering with Thorn Hill Education Center to create a Digital Works program at Thorn Hill’s Frankfort location at 700 Leslie Avenue.

Digital Works, an initiative of ConnectKentucky parent organization Connected Nation, helps connect people to twenty-first century jobs by offering customer service and technology training, while utilizing broadband technology for inbound customer service for global corporations. At the end of training, workers log in to work as “inbound customer service representatives.” The training provides continued mentoring with opportunities for advanced placement for upward mobility. This is work that can be done from home or at the Digital Works center. The program, launched in June 2013 in Ohio, has already placed about 200 Ohioans into jobs, with many more expected in the coming months.

Thorn Hill offers adult education GED preparation, along with Family Literacy, English as a Second Language classes, and is a Pearson Vue Test Center for Franklin and surrounding counties. Approximately 500 students are served by these programs annually. The Digital Works program located in the Thorn Hill Education Center is scheduled to open in mid-August and will provide both Thorn Hill students and residents of Franklin, Anderson, Woodford, Scott, Owen, Henry, and Shelby counties with an opportunity for employment after a 144-hour facilitated training program.

“ConnectKentucky and Connected Nation are proud to partner with Thorn Hill Education Center to open our first Kentucky-based Digital Works facility,” said ConnectKentucky Executive Director René True. “Digital Works is a natural outgrowth from our mission to accelerate broadband access, adoption, and use as we train Frankfort area residents in twenty-first century skills. Thorn Hill provides the type of local workforce training, knowledge, and experience, along with community commitment, required to make the Digital Works program a success.”

“Thorn Hill Education Center is honored to partner with ConnectKentucky to offer the first Digital Works program in Franklin and surrounding counties,” said Thorn Hill Executive Director Mike Rosenstein. “Offering training that will lead to employment is the completion of our vision. Now our students can earn their GED and their National Career Readiness Certification, making them eligible to enter the Digital Works program. There, they will receive language arts, computer literacy, and customer service training free of cost for those qualifying for Workforce Investment Act funds. Successful completion of the training provides home-based employment placement for over 90% of graduates, starting at least $9 per hour, and best of all, the program is not limited to Thorn Hill students. If you are a high school graduate and looking for a job, you are invited to contact us at 502-875-1481 and apply for the Digital Works program.”

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