East Kentucky Works Podcast

Want to know what's happening in Eastern Kentucky's workforce and beyond? Produced by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), The East Kentucky Works Podcast provides a glimpse into the world of workforce and economic development in our part of Central Appalachia. We'll hear from leaders in economic development, employers, workers, and more. East Kentucky Works Podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. To learn more, please click here.

Click here to listen to Episode 1 of East Kentucky Works Podcast: eKAMI .

In this premier episode of EKCEP's East Kentucky Works Podcast, we hear from Kathy Walker, founder of the east Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) and two of the program's recent graduates, Brandon Adams and Mary Nelson, who began their careers in advanced manufacturing immediately after graduating from eKAMI this past spring.

eKAMI opened its doors two years ago with a mission to train Eastern Kentuckians in the use of computer numerical control (CNC) machines and prepare them for in-demand careers in the advanced manufacturing field. To date, nearly 60 people have successfully completed the training with support from Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP).

This episode was recorded on location at eKAMI's training facility in Paintsville, Ky., on April 25, 2019, and hosted by EKCEP Industry Liaison Trish Adams.

To learn more about eKAMI, visit their website.

Click here to listen to Episode 2 of East Kentucky Works Podcast: Progress in Harlan County

In the second episode of EKCEP's East Kentucky Works Podcast (also available on Apple and Google podcast platforms), we hear from Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley and Executive Director of One Harlan Kentucky Colby Kirk.

Harlan County has been making strides in workforce and economic development in the region for the last few years. Mosley and Kirk talked on one of those major strides: a large, multi-employer job fair set for May 23, 2019, which brought in regional employers from the construction/skilled trades and/or healthcare industry, among others. Kirk also lets us know what One Harlan is all about and what they've been doing for the community.

This episode was recorded on location at the Harlan Center in Harlan, Ky., and hosted by EKCEP Industry Liaison Trish Adams.

To learn more about One Harlan County, visit their website.

Click here to listen to Episode 3 of East Kentucky Works Podcast: Teleworking in Eastern Kentucky

Teleworking, or working from home via a high-speed internet connection, is on the rise in Eastern Kentucky with national and global companies hiring thousands of local workers to provide a number of services for customers. Teleworks USA, a Grassroots Partner of SOAR, is leading the way, connecting more than 2,200 people with new work-from-home or work-from-hub positions.

In this episode, we hear from Teleworks USA Director Michael Cornett and Operations Manager Betty Hays about the program and how it works to help provide new opportunities for Eastern Kentucky workers.

This episode was recorded on location at the Teleworks USA Annville Teleworks Hub in Jackson County, Ky., and hosted by Trish Adams, industry liaison with Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), Inc.

To learn more about Teleworks USA, visit their website.


EKCEP, a nonprofit workforce development agency headquartered in Hazard, Ky., serves the citizens of 23 Appalachian coalfield counties. EKCEP is a Grassroots Partner of SOAR. Learn more about their organization by visting their website or Facebook.