Eastern Kentuckians encouraged to apply for new tech training opportunity


24th June, 2016



Kevin Loux




Eastern Kentuckians encouraged to apply for new tech training opportunity

PIKEVILLE, KY. (June 23, 2016) – Eastern Kentuckians can now apply for Interapt’s upcoming, new paid, work-based learning tech internships and job opportunities set to launch later this year in Paintsville following an announcement made at the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Innovation Summit on June 6. 
Eligible applicants who successfully complete the 36-week program—including a 20-week initial internship in coding leading to an extended 16-week internship—could qualify for employment with Interapt, a leader in mobile app, healthcare, and manufacturing technology solutions and one of 10 global companies selected by Google as a Glass at Work partner. 
Ankur Gopal, CEO and founder of Interapt, unveiled the Louisville-based tech firm’s expansion into Eastern Kentucky with the plan to recruit a first group of 50 Eastern Kentuckians who will intern with the company at its initial host site on the Mayo Campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) in Paintsville. 
“We are looking for up to 50 people in Eastern Kentucky to come learn with us, train with us, and be part of our Interapt team to learn and build the next software solutions of the future,” Gopal said. 
Interapt has joined with the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP)—the workforce development organization that matches jobseekers with training assistance and employment opportunities in 23 Eastern Kentucky counties—and other partners to bring the internship and job opportunities to the region as part of the TechHire Eastern Kentucky (TEKY) Initiative. 
“Our region is in transition, and we believe Interapt and the TechHire Eastern Kentucky Initiative will be key to creating new career opportunities in the global economy,” said Michael Cornett, EKCEP Director of Agency Expansion. “Interapt’s expansion into Eastern Kentucky is tremendous news not only for the growth and potential of the nascent tech business ecosystem that’s starting to take shape here, but also for the citizens of our region who need the opportunity to learn and intern in an industry-led, work-based environment leading to employment in middle-to-high skill tech jobs.” 
TEKY has been spurred by SOAR as well as EKCEP’s role as the regional lead in the White House’s designation of Eastern Kentucky as a national TechHire community. In keeping with the focus of the TechHire effort, special emphasis in TEKY is being given to applicants who are laid-off, unemployed, or youth who are out of school who desire to gain employment in the digital economy. 
“Collaboration between organizations was initially key,” said Kevin Loux, SOAR Director of Strategic Partnerships. “However, it’s the amazing talent of people in our region that enable projects like this to be successful.”  
For more information on how to apply for Interapt’s internship program, visit www.interapt.com
SOAR is a network of Kentucky's Appalachian region, uniting 54 counties to expand job creation, enhance regional innovation, and improve the quality of life. Learn more about SOAR at soar-ky.org or join the conversation on social media via Facebook and Twitter.