On November 18th Pulaski County Detention Center hosted its first Pre-Release Class since the Covid 19 Pandemic severely limited re-entry methods in local detention centers.

In collaboration with the Cumberlands Workforce Development Board community resource partners were allowed back inside the detention facility to speak to inmates face to face. In a classroom-style presentation, community partners were able to interact with inmates that were 30/60/90 days from release. Tools and resources for the successful reintegration into society were heard by over 20 inmates. Community Partners were able to tell their story, services they offer, and educate near-release inmates on the services available to assist in gaining employment, workforce training, clothing, medical treatment, housing, furthering their education, and many other resources.

“There’s no shame in taking a hand up. The shameful thing is hearing from all of these people that are willing to go to work to help you achieve success and not utilizing it,” said Aaron Poynter, Director of Reentry Programming. "Being locked up is a speed bump in life, not a roadblock. With all of these tools in front of you, you can make the rest of your life the best of your life.”

The Cumberlands Workforce Development Board and South Central Workforce Development Board's Community Support & Resources and Re-Entry & Transformational Employment divisions have a dedicated staff ready and equipped with valuable resources to assist individuals re-entering the workforce in our region.

Poynter continued “This education is essential in the successful reintegration of individuals. Returning to society from incarceration is difficult, but it can also be the starting point to building a life. We are blessed in this region to have so many organizations and individuals willing to offer that assistance and that hand-up. The essential component of this work is to make sure the individuals who need those resources know about those resources.”


Aaron Poynter to Represent Kentucky in Intensive Regional Leadership Development Program

October 6, 2022, Russell Springs, Kentucky — The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) named Aaron Poynter, Director of Reentry Programming, Cumberlands and South Central Workforce Development Boards, to participate in the 2022-2023 class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a free leadership and economic development training opportunity for individuals currently living and/or working in one of ARC’s 13 Appalachian states. The 2022-2023 class comprises a diverse network of professionals representing all 13 Appalachian states and a wide spectrum of perspectives and sectors, including tourism, healthcare, education, civil service, and more.

The nine-month curriculum is anchored by six multi-day seminars across the Appalachian region focusing on each of ARC’s strategic investment priorities, which aim to strengthen economic and community growth in Appalachia. The fourth class will run from October 2022 through July 2023, focusing on skill-building seminars and best practice reviews to prepare fellows to:

  • Design effective economic development project proposals
  • Integrate community assets into long-term economic development strategies
  • Identify resources available to spark economic and community development
  • Locate and access investment capital from a variety of public and private sources
  • Prepare competitive applications for public grant opportunities
  • Use expanded connections and leadership skills to create strong regional partnerships

"Congratulations to the incoming 2022-2023 class of Appalachian Leadership Institute fellows! These leaders are already growing their Appalachian communities and will be even better equipped to drive positive change after their work with this program,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. “I am eager to see this class of fellows collaborate across state lines to set big goals that will help the entire Appalachian region thrive.”

Appalachian Leadership Institute fellows were selected via a competitive application process to reflect the Appalachian region’s wide range of economic development challenges, opportunities, and strategies.

Uaaron poynter 240X317pon completion of the program, Aaron will automatically become part of the Appalachian Leadership Institute Alumni Network, a peer-to-peer working group of experts helping foster collaborative solutions that will build a stronger future for Appalachia.

"It's a blessing to be able to be a part of something like this. I never would have imagined some years ago being able to have this opportunity, and I hope that I'm able to bring back ideas, contacts, and networking to really help our region," said Poynter. "That's why I want to do it is because this is an amazing organization to be affiliated with. Anything I can do to help our region or our state, that's what I'm focused on. I want to be able to share with everybody else the great things that we are doing. I think it's going to be tremendously valuable."

To learn more about the program, visit: To meet the 2022-2023 class of fellows and learn more about how they are working to transform their Appalachian communities, visit:

About the Appalachian Leadership Institute 

The Appalachian Leadership Institute is a comprehensive regional leadership training program developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy; Tuskegee University; and Collective Impact. Learn more at

About the Appalachian Regional Commission 

The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 423 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. Learn more at

Mitch McConnell with Myra Wilson and Aaron Poynter

The Campbellsville-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon was held Thursday, August 11th in the Banquet Hall at Campbellsville University with featured speaker U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Myra Wilson, Director of Workforce Development for the Cumberlands region, and Aaron Poynter, Director of Re-Entry Programming, spoke with McConnell and offered appreciation for his support of programs delivered by the Cumberlands Workforce Board to our region.

Commonwealth Coders

BOWLING GREEN KY, August 8, 2022 – Kentucky is well-known for farming tobacco and producing champion thoroughbreds; however, the commonwealth is growing a new kind of talent with its Commonwealth Coders web development training, an intensive 16-week training course that prepares participants for a career as a Junior Web Developer where knowledge of programming languages is used to code websites and web applications.

A collaborative effort between the South Central, Cumberlands, Bluegrass, Northern Kentucky, and TENCO Workforce Boards, this program provides tremendous and unique career opportunities, especially for Kentuckians in rural areas across the state who are interested in working remotely. The growing demand for web developers has led to the course’s continued growth.

The training course will be completely virtual for students; however, it will be “live” as instruction and discussion will take place in real-time, just as it would for an in-person course. While no previous computer/coding experience is required, solid algebra skills along with a strong determination to succeed are both highly recommended for participants. Student selection is competitive; however, all potential students are highly encouraged to complete an initial no-obligation interest survey.

The 16-week Commonwealth Coders training course will be offered at little to no cost to those who are eligible, including many individuals who have lost their job due to recent natural disasters. After a student completes the course, they will be ready to enter the workforce as a Junior Web Developer, a career that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is projected to grow 13 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

Laura Torres, Project Manager for Commonwealth Coders, said that this type of program is unique in that it helps promote tech jobs in rural areas of the state. Torres explains, “We want to skill up our communities and let people know that we grow in Kentucky. Kentuckians can truly excel in the tech world and we must build that culture from within.”

For more information or to complete an interest form for the Commonwealth Coders program, please visit The deadline to fill out an interest form is August 12, 2022.

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Accessibility guide for businesses_ Best practices for compliance in-person and online

Here is a great guide for any business, and a handy resource for employers.

Accessibility means equal opportunity for everyone, including people with disabilities. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a disability is any “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” These could be difficulties with movements like walking or motor function, sensory systems like vision or hearing, or cognitive functions like learning and concentrating.

Read the full article: Accessibility guide for businesses: Best practices for compliance in-person and online

Adair County Schools welding equipment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students at Adair County High School will now have more opportunities to gain hands on experience in welding.

The school has been awarded $147,089 in Kentucky Statewide Reserve Funds to purchase a Cl BX Press Brake, which is usually only found at professional welding companies.

At the Adair County Technical School, students can further their skills in a trade while in high school to be prepared for the workforce after graduation as already certified welders.

"Once they learn the welding skill in a welding booth, then we need to apply it to something," Barney Taylor, welding instructor at Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center, said. "We need to put it to work on projects, whether it be something as simple as handrails, whether it be tanks."


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