EKCEP: Eight Eastern Kentuckians have completed the first step to dynamic new careers in the tech industry as part of the latest TechHire Eastern Kentucky (TEKY) affiliated work-based learning internship.

CentralApp Technologies is partnering with the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) and Teleworks USA to assist the interns as they undertake a rigorous, nine-month immersive curriculum compiled and delivered by CentralApp. Eight of the original 10 interns accepted into the internship have successfully completed the first phase of the program, having earned certifications as Administrators for Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world’s top CRM company. Salesforce empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way. For more information about Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), visit: http://www.salesforce.com.

That 80 percent of the first cohort of interns are moving on to the second phase of the program is no small feat, noted EKCEP Director of Agency Expansion Michael Cornett, especially when considering most of the initial cohort of interns had little to no prior experience in software development or administration.

“The TEKY model is one that puts Eastern Kentuckians who are interested in a high-tech career, but who may not have the experience or credentials to find employment, on a fast track to earning industry-recognized tech certifications,” Cornett said. “And with CentralApp, it not only means they’ll have the knowledge and experience to gain employment, but if they successfully complete the full nine-month internship, they have a job with CentralApp—one that they can work remotely within Eastern Kentucky—waiting for them at the end.”

Now in the second phase of the program, the interns are transitioning into a six-month period comprised of both remote preparation and onsite activity at the primary internship site within the Kentucky Career Center JobSight workforce center in Hazard. They will work over the next three months on preparing to earn a second certification as a Salesforce App Builder.

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