KTECH Apprenticeship Program to host virtual summit Thursday benefiting students and employers

Weekly talk show with WYMT News Director and Main Anchor Steve Hensley
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 8:17 PM EST
Weekday broadcast of WYMT Mountain News at 5:30

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - On this week’s edition of Issues & Answers: The Mountain Edition, WYMT Anchor Steve Hensley sat down with Tim Koogler and Kimberly Cunagin with the KTECH Apprenticeship Program with Hazard Community and Technical College and local high schools.

KTECH is made possible by a federal grant.

“Kentucky was one of the five states to receive the grant and Perry County was chosen as the county in Kentucky to execute the grant,” said Tim Koogler KTECH Program Director.

It is a partnership with Hazard Community and Technical College, along with other employers in the county.

“We match juniors and seniors in high school with employers to serve as apprentices while they’re in high school,” said Koogler.

KTECH is hosting a brand new, all virtual summit on Thursday. Those who attend will hear about the apprenticeship process from high schools, colleges and employers, sharing more on what they can expect from the program.

“For our employers that are going to be tuning in that day, we actually have some sessions on tax breaks and employment incentives for them,” said Kimberly Cunagin Director of Program Facilitation. “As well if they are going to be utilizing the apprenticeships,” she said.

They encourage employers and students are encouraged to attend.

“Our employer partners ARH and Primary Care, they’re going to be doing sessions on their experience on how they were successful in getting their apprenticeships set up,” said Cunagin.

HCTC will be holding a virtual K-Tech Apprenticeship Summit on Thursday, November 18th. You can find out more about this summit here.

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