"A game-changer"; Work ready training center coming to Barbourville

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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - High tech and high skill describes what is to come within the next couple of years in Barbourville.

What sits as an abandon nursing home will soon be transformed into a new home for a work-ready training center.

"Some dollars are coming back into this community to create training programs to help people get skilled up for jobs that exist," said Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

After 3 years of working to get funds, KCEOC Community Action Partnership and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College are teaming up to bring more opportunities to the area.

"We need men and women with the skills necessary to compete in the 21st century," Bevin explained.

Hoping that the new state-of-the-art training center will draw more employers to the region.

"It gives us a chance for our unemployed people to get the training they need so they can stay home instead of shipping off the Cincinnati or wherever," said Congressman Hal Rogers.

While times are tough and good jobs are hard to come by, this new work ready training center will be a game-changer for the community.

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