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Succeed Thrive And Recover Program

The Center for Rural Development announces STAR program

The $300,000 grant awarded to The Center for Rural Development is part of a $12 million package through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s INSPIRE initiative. The initiative addresses the region’s substance use disorder crisis with investments that strengthen services in the recovery ecosystem and help facilitate workforce entry and re-entry.

The STAR Program is designed to provide job and vocational skills training to individuals affected by substance abuse disorder (SUD) to gain skills that will help participants to enter or re-enter the workforce. The STAR program will target individuals with SUD by connecting with recovery services in the region. The Center’s region is home to multiple residential, transitional, and outpatient recovery centers. Securing stable employment provides motivation and helps meet the physical needs of individuals with SUD and their families.

Read about a recent soft skills training lead by instructor Jeremy Taylor:

Do you need workforce training?

The Center for Rural Development has funding assistance available for qualified applicants in select Kentucky counties within its 45-county primary service area through our ARC programs?

– Coal Impacted Skills Training (CIST) and Succeed, Thrive, and Recover (STAR)

What is STAR?

In partnership with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and local employers,  The Center for Rural Development will offer training in the following subjects to individuals in recovery:

  • Basic computer skills
  • Essential soft skills
  • Specialized workforce training and short-term certification programs in targeted high-demand industries with immediate job openings – including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, industrial maintenance, commercial truck driving, hospitality and food service, and medical billing and coding.

Who is eligible?

Forty-three Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties within The Center for Rural Development’s primary service area will be served through the STAR program. Counties include:

Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.

For more information or to apply:  606-677-6000

The STAR program collaborates with training providers and recovery facilities, including Addiction Recovery Care, The Millard College, the Kentucky Community Technical College System (KCTCS), and other training providers to offer specialized work skills training in trade and short-term certificate programs.
The short-term training will give participants skills to move quickly into the workforce. Trainings include Life Ready Skills and Work Ready Peer Support Specialist.
The Peer Support Specialist Program program allows those in recovery for SUD to work in the facilities to support others who are in the recovery program.