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“Becoming Your Best in the Workplace” no-cost training
Sept. 26 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Jackson Energy Cooperative in London

No-cost training for unemployed and underemployed individuals coming to Laurel & Tri-County area

The Center for Rural Development is bringing its no-cost essential skills training, “Becoming Your Best in the Workplace,” to Laurel and the Tri-County area.

The training will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Jackson Energy Cooperative, 177 Barbourville Road, London.

The  training will provide valuable essential work skills that will help unemployed and underemployed individuals find and retain gainful employment in an ever-changing job market.

“Having the technical skills to do a job is often not enough,” said Patti Simpson, training manager for The Center’s Business & Community Training Center. “Showing up on time, dressing appropriately and being a team player are also important essential skills that are critical to workplace and employee success.”

Some of the topics to be explored during the training include:

  • How to communicate effectively
  • Prepare for a job interview
  • Be a team player and valuable employee
  • Solve problems that arise on the job
  • Professionalism in the workplace
  • Putting all of these skills together to be the best you can be in the workplace

“Becoming Your Best in the Workplace” is one of the career and workforce training courses presented by The Center’s Business & Community Training Center.

The training is offered at no-cost to unemployed and underemployed individuals who live in one of the following coal-impacted Kentucky counties: in Bell,  Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary, Perry, Pulaski, or Whitley.

For more information, call training manager Patti Simpson at 606-677-6000 or email

Meet Your Instructor

Jeremy A. Taylor, a speaker, trainer, and coach, will be leading the training. His mission is to help people see their value, recognize their potential, and live out their existence. He is charismatic in his approach to living out that mission by equipping, empowering, and encouraging people of all age groups and backgrounds. He believes wholeheartedly that “dreams do come true for people just like you.”

“What I appreciate most about this (training) initiative is the opportunity to help people better understand the importance of developing themselves so they, in turn, can better influence their communities through their work,” Taylor said. “It’s about growing as a person and choosing to do great work.”

Taylor and his wife, Jaala, and their son, Miles, reside in Somerset.

Jeremy A. Taylor