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May 8, 2021

Business & Community Training Center

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Ready to move your business ahead in a highly competitive business environment? Need to provide critical training to your employees? Desire to improve your skills to compete in the local job market?

The Center for Rural Development, through the Businesses & Community Training Center, offers essential skills, workforce, and career training.

The instructor-led courses—both in the form of in-person or virtual classes —help participants build the skills they need to set themselves apart from their peers in a fast-paced, ever-changing business climate. Instructors teach critical concepts using a fun, hands-on approach to help address all types of learning styles.

Subject matter covered by the courses includes leadership, communication styles, entry-level management, computer literacy, sales, and customer service.

These courses are customizable and open to individuals, or to employers who wish to send blocks of their employees for training.

Upcoming Business & Community Training Center courses are listed below. For a list of all events at The Center, please check out our upcoming events page.

The Center also offers funding assistance for select areas of study through our ARC programs – Coal Impacted Skills Training (CIST) and Coal Oriented Access to Learning (COAL). Please visit these pages for more information.

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Please complete the Training Request Form below with any questions or requests for more information.

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Becoming Your Best in the Workplace training
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Are you looking for a job, interested in changing careers, or just want to be your best in the workplace?

The Center for Rural Development’s Business & Community Training Center is providing training in “Becoming Your Best in the Workplace” on Tuesday, May 11, from 9 a.m.-12 PM (Noon) with instructor Jeremy A. Taylor.

The training is available at no cost to unemployed and underemployed individuals in Bell, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary, Perry, Pulaski, and Whitley counties.

Training Topics

  • How to communicate effectively
  • Being a good team player
  • Solving problems that arise on the job
  • Maintaining professionalism in the workplace

“Becoming Your Best in the Workplace” is presented by The Center’s Business & Community Training Center and funded through a POWER grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

“Becoming Your Best in the Workplace” instructor Jeremy A. Taylor





Forklift Safety: Train the Trainer Workshop
Jun 24 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm


Did you know that in the past few years between 55 and 80 workers die every year due to forklift incidents?

OSHA requires that all forklift trainers be knowledgeable about the OSHA requirements of 1910.178 (The Powered Industrial Truck Standard).

The Center for Rural Development, in partnership with The Safety Firm LLC, an OSHA-certified safety and health training company, is presenting a Forklift Safety: Train the Trainer Workshop on Thursday, June 24, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Somerset. This is an in-person training and seating is limited.

The workshop, taught by an experienced OSHA authorized instructor, will clear myths and talk about the actual regulations for training and operating a forklift safely. We will look at new technology, share best practices, and participants will walk away with the tools they need to train their forklift operators.

All participants will receive a student manual, a certificate of completion, and a USB containing all the materials with rights to use in-house and make the training specific to their location.

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Limited seating
This training will be held at The Center for Rural Development, 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset. Due to social distancing requirements, seating will be limited. Temperature checks and protective face masks are required.

A safer, smarter workplace…Register for $300 per person

Contact Information
For more information about Forklift Safety: Train the Trainer Workshop, call The Center for Rural Development’s Business & Community Training Center at 606-677-6000 or email

Meet Your Instructor

Bobbi K. Samples, CPA is the Owner and Principal Consultant of The Safety Firm, LLC. This is the sixth business she has successfully imagined, created, owned and operated.

She received her Business Management degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and has worked at the executive level within Fortune 500 companies in the areas of human resources and safety.

Through The Safety Firm, LLC, Bobbi works with multiple industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, and construction, to help them manage, audit, train, and grow their safety program to higher levels. Besides directing the operations of The Safety Firm, she is a professional artist and innovative motivational speaker. She is consistently cited for her entrepreneurial approaches to training, professional growth, and workforce solutions.



Your Center of Learning business and workforce skills training has been a productive and effective solution to our training needs. The Center for Rural Development is leading the way in providing localized training in this area, and it is our hope The Center will continue to bring new cost-effective quality training to our area.”

 Sgt. Michael Grigsby of Somerset Police Department


“This training will increase efficiency at the Lincoln County PVA office and will empower us to better serve the public.”

 Lincoln County PVA David Gambrel


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