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The Center

Winter 2019 - Technology Edition

Work-From-Home

Fiber connectivity creates workfrom-home

job opportunities in

rural areas

KentuckyWired Update

Eastern KY rings of KentuckyWired are

complete, The Center can help with

last-mile planning

Managed Security

Services

The Center and Volta are helping

protect institutions from cyber attacks


The Center Insider Winter 2019

6 WORK-FROM-HOME

Fiber connectivity creates work-from-home

job opportunities in rural areas

8 KENTUCKYWIRED

UPDATE

Eastern KY rings of KentuckyWired

are complete, The Center can help

communities with last-mile planning

10 Improved

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HOMEWORK GAP

connectivity helps to bridge

the homework gap for rural students

MANAGED SECURITY

SERVICES

The Center and Volta are partnering to

offer Managed Security Services to help

protect institutions from cyber attacks

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RDPC Online Courses

Host Your Next Event at The Center

Marketing One-Stop-Shop

Work-From-Home

KentuckyWired Update

Homework Gap

CenterLinks Access Nodes

Managed Security Services

The Center of Fiber Connectivity

Data Center Specifications

Training

Upcoming Events

Youth Programs Application Information

Insider

The Center

Volume 2, No. 4

Winter 2019

The Center for Rural Development

2292 South Hwy. 27

Somerset, KY 42501

606-677-6000

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Established in 1996

through the vision of U.S.

Congressman Harold

“Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and

other leaders, The Center

is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit

organization fueled by

a mission to provide

leadership that stimulates

innovative and sustainable

economic development

solutions and a better way

of life in Southern and

Eastern Kentucky. In its

45-county primary service

region, The Center provides

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leadership, public safety,

technology, and arts and

culture. The Center is

committed to constantly

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The Center Insider is a free publication distributed by The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY. The publication is

printed and distributed to schools, businesses and conferences throughout the state as well as national conferences through

our public safety programs.

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This course will educate rural law enforcement as well as school administrators and staff to effectively collaborate on planning and

preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a school-based incident.

AWR 187-W TERRORISM & WMD AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE

Web-based “Terrorism 101” course prepares learners to successfully recognize, report, and react to potential terrorist incidents.

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Provides rural first responders with skills and strategies to communicate with the public through the media. Examines roles of the

media and the first responder. Addresses how to give interviews, write news releases, distribute on-scene information, and fit into

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Web-based, self-guided version of the two-day classroom course. Designed to provide public safety professionals with the

essential skills and knowledge for planning and managing security for special events.

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The Center for Rural Development’s

Marketing One-Stop-Shop provides

customized and affordable marketing

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small and startup businesses.

Our Services:

• Brand Identity Creation

• Graphic Design

• Web Design

• Social Media Management

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Laura Glover

Managing Director of

Marketing and Events

Sarah Smith

Marketing

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Wes Brown

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Specialist

Contact Laura Glover: • (O) 606-677-6001 • (M) 606-802-1050 • lglover@centertech.com

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Marketing

Associate

The success of businesses in rural communities is at

the heart of our mission. With a long history of

building strong connections with people in small towns,

we understand how marketing and advertising

must take a different approach when considering

businesses in rural areas.

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The Center anticipates work-from-home jobs

made possible by KentuckyWired

will help alleviate winter woes

When fierce winter weather strikes, even a short commute to work can be an exhausting and dangerous undertaking. However,

many Kentucky residents live in rural areas, far from their place of employment. This can make the journey to work impossible at

times.

Kentuckians are now looking forward to the completion of the statewide fiber broadband network that will change these

circumstances. The KentuckyWired project will bring more than 3,000 miles of high-speed, high-capacity fiber infrastructure, often

referred to as the “middle-mile” to all 120 Kentucky counties. Access will be provided for state agencies, as well as network capacity

for local providers, who can extend last-mile infrastructure to local homes and businesses.

The KentuckyWired fiber project will increase telecommunications capacity which means hundreds of new work-from-home

employment opportunities are anticipated. This development will impact winter experiences for many rural Kentuckians. For those

with work-from-home jobs, there is no daunting and dangerous commute to work. Those who work from home are not exposed to an

office full of sick coworkers, thus making it much easier to continue to maintain income rather than calling in sick. Employers benefit

as well, by maintaining productivity throughout bad weather and flu season.

School snow days commonly impact parents work

schedules as well. Working from home allows much

more flexibility to care for children on snow days and

sick days too. Employees even have the ability to

enjoy their own comfortable office temperature, as they

control the thermostat.

Once the KentuckyWired fiber infrastructure is

operational, the opportunity to work from home will

be available to many more people. For those who are

looking to begin their quest for legitimate at-home

opportunities, Teleworks USA is a great starting point.

Teleworks USA is already providing training to job

seekers in Eastern Kentucky and helping them to find

remote job opportunities. The program has forged

active partnerships with multiple global telework

employers in an effort to develop new job opportunities

for Eastern Kentucky’s remote workforce.

The Center for Rural Development is dedicated to

helping communities explore ways to become “fiber

ready,” in order to make reliable high-speed, highcapacity

internet available to as many people as

possible. It is important to note that Southern and

Eastern Kentucky communities have this exceptional

resource available to them as they explore how to

prepare for the future.

The Center for Rural Development has recently

launched a new Technology Assistance Program (TAP)

to help communities become “fiber-ready,” and is also

working with internet service providers to extend last

mile internet services from the KentuckyWired network

using CenterLinks Access Nodes (CAN). The Center

also has additional information about local, state,

and federal funds that support the initiative to bring

broadband access to rural areas.

Communities interested in learning more about

TAP, CAN, or broadband training opportunities are

encouraged to contact The Center’s Broadband

Technology Liaison, Scott Surber, at

broadbandinfo@centertech.com or 606-677-6000 or

visit www.centertech.com.

Photo by: AnnaBeth Dry


Broadband and Barbecue:

Connecting Rural Communities,

Remote Work Panel Discussion

The Center for Rural Development recently brought together community leaders from Southern and Eastern Kentucky for an

informative broadband workshop in Hazard, KY. The event, dubbed “Broadband and Barbecue: Connecting Rural Communities,”

served as a platform for discussion about the future of broadband in the state.

Conversations centered on how to improve access to high-speed affordable broadband and how to leverage that connectivity to

grow local economies. In order to address numerous aspects of the topic of broadband, the event was divided into several sessions.

The day kicked off with a Remote Work Panel that provided employer, local government, and remote workers perspectives.

Human Resource Business Partner Manager for General Dynamics IT, Cheryl Ellis explained that her company uses Teleworks USA

hub site facilities in Hazard and Cumberland to provide training to employees and then deploys them to work from home. “We are

planning to hire more people,” said Ellis. “This particular program that we work for will be hiring probably anywhere from 100 to 300

more people,” she added. “You know Hal Rogers said we were gonna have Silicon Holler. Well we’ve got a good start,” said Ellis.

Michael Cornett, EKCEP Director of Agency Expansion and Teleworks USA, and panel moderator, added, “When people say: ‘There

aren’t any jobs in Eastern Kentucky,’ that’s not true. That is absolutely not true. It’s a matter of connecting to them.”

Lee County Judge-Executive, Chuck Caudill spoke of the transformation he has already begun to see in his community. “In Wolfe

County and Lee County, we’re seeing an influx in the number of people coming to the area because internet access is making it

possible for them to live the lifestyle they want to live, in a more rural environment, and still be able to work for large companies, and

still have opportunities for a future.” Caudill also discussed the impact that improved connectivity is having for rural youth. “We’re

seeing young people who have had to leave and they don’t have to leave anymore. Those who want to still have the opportunity, but

now if they want to work for a company where they have a future, they can start and not leave Eastern Kentucky.”

This sentiment echoes the words of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, for whom The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers

Scholars program is named. Rogers has often shared his beliefs that “we must stop exporting our young talent,” and “no young

person should have to leave home to find his or her future.”

Jeremiah Ford, a remote worker for Support.com, shared his perspective during the panel as well. “We live in an area that’s been so

dependent on coal mining. You know, most towns have the same three gas stations, the same three restaurants, and all the same

stop lights. So, $7.25 an hour compared to $11.50, $10.00, $13.00, whatever your contract is, makes a huge difference at the end

of the day, about how thick that wallet gets, you know, and how easy it is to pay your bills,” Ford said. “We’re going to have to move

forward with how we look at things, and I know that change is scary. But you either move with it or you get stuck in the past,” he

added.

Technology Edition 7


Eastern Kentucky rings of

KentuckyWired project are complete

Speaking at the SOAR Summit in Pikeville in early September,

Congressman Hal Rogers announced completion of the

construction phase of the KentuckyWired project in Eastern

Kentucky.

The announcement is another major milestone for the

KentuckyWired project which, when completed, will be the

first statewide high-speed broadband network in the nation.

The completion of KentuckyWired’s 1B and 2 rings will provide

the infrastructure for broadband connectivity in 39 counties,

including (Ring 1B) Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter,

Clark, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Jackson, Johnson, Knott,

Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Madison, Magoffin, Martin,

Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Powell,

Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Wolfe, and (Ring 2) Bell, Harlan,

Knox, Letcher, McCreary, Pike, Wayne and Whitley.

“We celebrated a historic milestone in Kentucky today by turning

on KentuckyWired’s highly anticipated network rings in Eastern

Kentucky,” said Congressman Rogers, a co-founding principal

of SOAR. “Now, we turn our attention to the last mile, by helping

local leaders and providers take the next steps to extend the

network out into every community to expand access to your

homes and businesses. This new broadband interstate bridges

the digital gap to high-tech jobs and economic development

opportunities for every single county in Kentucky.”

KentuckyWired’s broadband connectivity is expected to be 10

to 20 times faster than what is currently offered by providers.

The network is a middle-mile network, meaning that it will be

up to local internet service providers (ISPs) to offer broadband

to homes and businesses. KentuckyWired representatives

are planning a series of community meetings, in partnership

with The Center for Rural Development, to ensure that local

communities understand the options that are available to

connect to the KentuckyWired network.

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Reliable, high-speed internet has proven a key factor for

job growth and creation, with 79 percent of job seekers

reporting the use of online resources in their employment

search. KentuckyWired will increase economic opportunities

in Eastern Kentucky by providing access to broadband for

new and existing companies looking to locate in the region.

The KentuckyWired network not only has the potential to

transform local economies, but will also provide first responders,

healthcare providers, and local governments, with the

connectivity necessary to protect and serve Kentuckians.

Representatives from Senture, one of Southern and Eastern

Kentucky’s largest technology-based employers, joined

the conversation at the SOAR Summit to underscore the

importance of broadband connectivity in the region by

announcing the addition of 400 jobs at the facilities in London,

Annville and Williamsburg.

“Senture is very excited to announce these 400 new jobs for

southeastern Kentucky,” said Christopher Deaton, President

and CEO. “The hard work and dedication of Senture’s

employees make this growth possible. We are excited about

new opportunities afforded by KentuckyWired and the future of

our company and our communities.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Rogers spoke during the

announcement of an another KentuckyWired milestone when

Ring 1A and a key backbone segment from Lexington to

Somerset were completed. At that time, Rogers explained

the project’s origins. “The Center for Rural Development and

SOAR advocated for a transformational broadband system

that would revitalize Eastern Kentucky. To be fair, the expense

to bring service into the depths of our mountains simply has

not been feasible for most providers, especially our small

rural companies. But KentuckyWired eliminates that obstacle

by developing this ready-made network that providers can


connect to and build from. Much like our utility co-ops, our

infrastructure in Eastern Kentucky would remain decades

behind without innovative investments like this,” said Rogers.

Rogers also discussed how The Center will be involved in

helping to expand the reach of KentuckyWired. “The Center

is playing a pivotal role in accessing federal funding and

providing training for your local leaders and providers to

extend the last-mile of broadband from the main connectors

in each county out to our individual homes and businesses,”

he said. “The Center for Rural Development in Somerset

has technical assistance funding available, and they will be

hosting regional training sessions to help Eastern Kentucky

leaders implement this last-mile,” he added.

The Center’s Technology Assistance Program (TAP) is

available to help communities begin asset mapping, perform

feasibility studies, and conduct pre-engineering analysis of

community fiber projects or other activities that will extend the

reach of the KentuckyWired fiber infrastructure. The initiative

is funded by grant KY-18984-17 from the Appalachian

Regional Commission and is administered by The Center for

Rural Development.

“The Center is dedicated to making reliable high-speed,

high-capacity internet available to as many people as

possible and is working to bridge the digital divide. The

mission of The Center is to positively impact the communities

within 45 counties of Southern and Eastern Kentucky,

through supporting the implementation of KentuckyWired

infrastructure,” said Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of

The Center.

The Center is helping expand the

reach of KentuckyWired with our

Technology Assistance Program (TAP)

You can access the TAP guide and TAP application online at:

https://centertech.com/2019/01/technology-assistance-program-tap/

Applicant Eligibility

Applications for assistance may be submitted to The Center for Rural Development by Kentucky County or City Governments,

Regional Industrial Development Authorities, Area Development Districts, Utility Commissions, Rural Electric Cooperatives,

Rural Telephone Cooperatives or Fiber Infrastructure Boards with IRS Non-Profit status.

From the following:

ARC Distressed Counties:

ARC At-Risk Counties:

Adair, Bath, Bell, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill,

Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln,

Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Rockcastle,

Russell, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.

Boyd, Garrard, Green, Laurel, Metcalfe, Monroe, Pulaski and Rowan.

Technology Edition 9


The Center

seeks to

bridge the

“homework

gap”

for rural

Kentuckians

Parents of school-age children quickly learn that ensuring their child’s academic success comes with a variety of challenges.

Coordinating schedules, providing supplies, and helping with homework are just a few examples. Homework support often has

multiple layers of additional challenges.

“My daughter is already learning concepts that were not used when I attended school. Sometimes I have to do a bit of research

myself, to help with her homework,” said Lincoln County resident Sarah Smith, Marketing Coordinator at The Center, and mother of

a second-grade student.

The Smith’s are now fortunate enough to live in an area with access to reliable high-speed internet, and whenever they encounter

difficult homework questions, they refer to Google for assistance. However, many families in rural parts of Southern and Eastern

Kentucky face yet another challenge called the “homework gap.” This refers to the difficulty students experience completing

homework when they lack sufficient internet access at home, compared to those with reliable high-speed, high-capacity internet

connections.

Most teachers are well aware of the “homework gap” and do their best to address it by carefully crafting homework assignments.

Many school systems have even begun providing students with Chromebooks to help with their studies. They make great

resources during school hours, while students can access Wi-Fi at school. Chromebooks also have limited capacity to work offline

and any work created while offline automatically syncs when re-connected with Wi-Fi at school.

This technology puts a valuable resource at the fingertips of students. However, Chromebooks alone cannot bridge the “homework

gap” in the most rural parts of the state. Students without reliable home internet still face a disadvantage because their ability to

research is hindered when they cannot access the internet from home.

Lincoln County Public Schools provide Chromebooks, and the device handbook specifically addresses the question “What if I don’t

have wifi at home?” The handbook points out that “free access is available at the Lincoln County Public Library, as well as many

restaurants.”

It is not uncommon for Kentucky students and their families to travel to free local Wi-Fi hotspots to access the internet and

complete needed homework research. While many public libraries offer internet access, their limited hours of operation pose

another hurdle. As a result, fast food restaurants with extended hours have become “homework hotspots.”

The “homework gap” not only applies to the K-12 system. College students in rural Kentucky know the struggle as well.

“I commuted when I was in college a few years ago. The house I lived in at the time had a terrible satellite internet service. It was

not reliable enough to even submit assignments,” said Smith. “I would frequent fast food restaurants that offered free Wi-Fi to be

able to complete my schoolwork,” she added. “The internet has improved a bit since my college days, but I still have neighbors just

a few miles down the road that live in an internet dead zone.”

As construction of the KentuckyWired middle-mile fiber network enters its final phases, The Center is working to offer internet service

providers (ISPs) with access points to extend reliable high-speed, high-capacity internet throughout Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

The Center is collaborating with a multitude of ISPs to discuss logistics for CenterLinks Access Nodes. The CenterLinks Access

Nodes can be thought of as access ramps for providers to tap into the KentuckyWired middle-mile network. These discussions are

shaping plans to expand and improve broadband services throughout the region.

As reliable high-speed, high-capacity internet becomes available in currently under-served and unserved areas, more students will

begin to have the access they need at their homes. Through this initiative, The Center is working to bridge the digital divide and close

the “homework gap.”

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As construction of the KentuckyWired middle-mile fiber network enters its final phases, The Center for Rural

Development is working to offer internet service providers (ISPs) with access points to extend reliable highspeed,

high-capacity internet throughout Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

The Center is collaborating with a multitude of ISPs to discuss logistics for CenterLinks Access Nodes. The

CenterLinks Access Nodes can be thought of as access ramps for providers to tap into the KentuckyWired

middle-mile network. These discussions are shaping plans to expand and improve broadband services

throughout the region.

ISPs looking to learn more about accessing the KentuckyWired middle-mile through CenterLinks Access Nodes,

are encouraged to contact The Center’s Broadband Technology Liaison, Scott Surber, at

broadbandinfo@centertech.com or 606-677-6000.

For more information contact:

Scott Surber

Broadband Technology Liaison

606-677-6000

broadbandinfo@centertech.com

Technology Edition 11


The Center and Volta provide

Managed Security Services to KCTCS

Cyber-attacks have become a major threat to many institutions and are one of the most prevalent types of crises in higher education.

In order to mitigate such attacks, The Center for Rural Development is partnering with Volta to offer Managed Security Services.

David Montgomery, Senior Account Executive at Volta (left); and Richard Taylor, Executive Vice President at The Center for Rural

Development (right), shared information about their partnership to offer Managed Security Services at the CyberSecurity Summit

recently hosted by Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

The partners recently debuted their Managed Security Services when they participated in the CyberSecurity Summit hosted by

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). The event drew attention to rising cybersecurity concerns and was

intended to help colleges better understand cyber threats and how to prevent them. Representatives from Volta led discussions about

ransomware awareness and data analytics.

KCTCS is doing more than serving as a thought leader on the topic. They are also taking action to better defend their systems from

cyber-attack by participating in the Managed Security Services offered by The Center and Volta. The service provides both the

platform and skills to best defend institutions. It works by collecting logs of events and alarms generated by security controls, and

then applies analytics to draw useful conclusions that often cannot be seen from a single vantage point. As part of the arrangement,

KCTCS is also utilizing hosted infrastructure at The Center.

The Center’s Data Center is native to KentuckyWired and offers low latency access to the KentuckyWired network. This means that

clients have access to a high-speed, high-capacity fiber network capable of handling real time security transactions. The partners then

make things even easier for clients by providing IT support, cybersecurity and managed services.

Institutions seeking further information about Managed Security Services are encouraged to contact Scott Surber, Broadband

Technology Liaison, at broadbandinfo@centertech.com or 606-677-6000.

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The Center for Rural Development + Volta

Managed Security Services

Managed Security Services for Higher Education

The rising demand for cyber security specialists throughout the IT

industry has created a skills gap in the field. For organizations who

have acquired the right security talent, the pressure on those

individuals can often be intense. Consider a turn-key approach from

The Center for Rural Development and Volta that provides the platform

and skills to best defend your institution from the threats of today.

Like most companies, your organization may already have some

security controls in place. Many of these investments create an

abundance of alarms, and it can be a struggle to separate the signal

from the noise. We collect logs of events and alarms generated by

security controls and then apply analytics to draw useful conclusions

that may be difficult to see from a single vantage point. Security

services such as these free your company to focus on tasks more

critical to business.

Security Services Options

• SIEM Managed Services

• Security Device Management

• Network Device Management

• Vulnerability Assessments

• Security Awareness Training

The Center for Rural Development's Resources

• KentuckyWired Network

• Integrated DellEMC VxRail Platform

• Enterprise Support

Through a partnership with The Center for Rural Development and

Volta, you can take these services a step further by utilizing hosted

infrastructure at The Center, which lowers your overall cost to achieve

economies of scale.

Take advantage of

a security offering with:

Stronger skill sets Better availability Lower costs

What Do You Get?

SIEM & Security Monitoring

Security Information and Event Management

can be deployed on premise or at The Center

for Rural Development providing your team

with the visibility it needs to make the right

decisions to secure your data, devices, and

people.

Managed Vulnerability Assessments

Patching and updating systems is foundational

to any security policy. We can perform scans

and provide visibility so clients know where

they missed a patch or have gaps in their

maintenance process.

SOC Services

We provide continuous monitoring of alarms and

events generated by your security controls. Our

24x7x365 SOC-as-a-Service can provide or augment

a SOC for your business.

Hosted Infrastructure at The Center

Cabinets are available for the co-location of

processing equipment and storage arrays.

Leverage KentuckyWired

The Center's Data Center is native to KentuckyWired

and offers high-speed, high-capacity, low latency

access to the KentuckyWired network.

Scott Surber, Broadband Technology Liaison

centertech.com I 606.677.6000 I broadbandinfo@centertech.com

Technology Edition 13


The Center of Fiber Connectivity

The Center for Rural Development serves as

the intersection of Rings 1A, 1B, 2 and 3 of

the KentuckyWired network. Earlier this year,

workers Trevor Simser and Eddy Galicia carefully

spliced together these numerous fiber optic

strands running through The Center.

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Data Center

Specifications

The Center for Rural Development

Data Center Specifications

General Facility Features: Facility Space – 2,900 square feet

Security Systems:

Environmental Controls/

Redundancy:

Network Infrastructure:

Network Operations Center/helpdesk

Under floor cable management and power distribution

18” raised floor

120/208V AC power

Biometric fingerprint readers

Proximity card access

Monitored HD video surveillance

Multi-tiered/zoned access

Dual Liebert System DS 22ton HVAC units

Monitored/controlled temperature and humidity

FE-25 dry fire suppression system

Twin, parallel Liebert NX 160KVA UPS systems

Redundant A/B side power distribution units

350KW Kohler diesel generator – 785 gallon tank

Diverse fiber entry points

Redundant BGP/HSRP Internet access

100Gb redundant core

1Gb top-of-rack switched access ports

Proactive network monitoring

The Center is a leading provider

of technology in Southern and

Eastern Kentucky and we are proud

to be home to one of two data

center locations resident on the

KentuckyWired statewide backbone.

Our facility houses a 2,900-squarefoot

biometically protected and

secured Data Center. We offer

IT hosting support, courseware

management, help desk, data

backup and recovery, web services,

and applications hosting inside a

world class Data Center.

Contact:

Richard Taylor

Executive Vice President

606-677-6131

rtaylor@centertech.com

Shannon Carter

Systems Architect

606-677-6040

Shannon.carter@centertech.com

Jonathan Foster

Enterprise Systems Engineer

606-677-6169

jfoster@centertech.com

Technology Edition 15


The

The

Center

Center

for

for

Rural

Rural

Development

Development continues

continues

Community Community Oriented Oriented Access Access to to Learning Learning (COAL) (COAL)

The Center for Rural Development’s Community Oriented Access to Learning (COAL) provides funding

The Center for Rural Development’s Community Oriented Access to Learning (COAL) provides funding

support for unemployed or underemployed individuals who have been impacted by the decline of coal

support for unemployed or underemployed individuals who have been impacted by the decline of coal

to receive education and training in select coal-impacted Kentucky counties.

to receive education and training in select coal-impacted Kentucky counties.

What What is is COAL?

The The Center Center for for Rural Rural Development’s Development’s COAL COAL program program will will assist assist unemployed unemployed and and underemployed underemployed individuals individuals from from select select

coal-impacted coal-impacted counties counties to to obtain obtain training training and and education that will support them them in in finding finding gainful gainful employment employment within within our our

region region in specific in specific areas areas of of study. study. Additionally, this program will benefit employers within within our our region region by by developing developing a more a more

skilled skilled workforce to to meet meet growing workforce demands.

Who is is eligible?

The The COAL COAL program seeks to to train individuals from 14 Kentucky coal-impacted counties who are are unemployed or or

underemployed and and are are interested in in obtaining training or education in the areas of of allied health, information technology,

broadband-related fields fields and and soft soft skills.

Which counties will be served

Through

Through

this

this

program,

program,

The

The

Center

Center

for

for

Rural

Rural Development will serve 14

14

counties

counties

that

that

have

have

suffered

suffered

direct

direct

or indirect

or indirect

impacts due to the decline of coal. The counties that will be served are: Bell, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott,

impacts due to the decline of coal. The counties that will be served are: Bell, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott,

Knox, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary, Perry, Pulaski, and Whitley.

Knox, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary, Perry, Pulaski, and Whitley.

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For more information

For more information

or to apply contact

or to apply contact

The Center’s

The Center’s

Business & Community

Business & Community

Training Manager,

Training Manager,

Patti Simpson.

Patti Simpson.

Email:

training@centertech.com

Email:

training@centertech.com

Call:

606-677-6000 Call:

606-677-6000


Becoming Your Best

in the Workplace

A half-day essential skills training workshop

The Center provides no-cost training for

unemployed or underemployed individuals

If you live in one of these coal-impacted counties, you are

eligible to attend this training at no cost: Bell, Clay, Floyd, Harlan,

Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary, Perry,

Pulaski, and Whitley. Funding provided by the Appalachian

Regional Commission.

To register or learn more

about the class, visit

www.centertech.com

or call 606-677-6000.

Instructor Jeremy A.

Taylor will provide

valuable essential skills

training to get you job

ready and help make

you more efficient in the

workplace.

The Center offers a variety of trainings to help

meet the workforce needs of Southern and Eastern

Kentucky. Register online for one of our upcoming

classes or contact our training department for

information on customized training.

FEATURED CLASSES:

• Microsoft Office Suite

• Get Going with QuickBooks

• Keep Going with QuickBooks

• Project Management Basics

• Essential Work Skills

Visit centertech.com for a complete list of classes or call The Center’s Business & Community Training Manager,

Patti Simpson at 606-677-6000 to discuss customized classes.

Technology Edition 17


UPCOMING EVENTS

6 February

10 AM & 12 PM

School Time Theatre:

Peter Pan

Wendy Darling and her younger

brothers love nothing more than playing

make-believe in their family’s upstairs

nursery. Then one night, a young boy

named Peter Pan and his fairy friend

Tinkerbell fly into the nursery window

and whisk the Darling children away

to a fantastical Neverland filled with

Lost Boys, pirates, and a man-eating

crocodile. Brought thrillingly to life,

the Barter Players’ special brand of

imagination and creativity make this

an adventure your students will never

forget!

18 February

7 PM

New Shanghai Circus: Performed

by the Acrobats of China

Astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute

breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits

of human ability in this spellbinding show that

draws upon 2,000 years of Chinese circus

traditions.

New Shanghai Circus is considered to be

China’s most celebrated acrobatic company;

the performers for the New Shanghai Circus

have stunned and amazed audiences all over

the world. Over 40 Acrobats of China showcase

dramatic interpretation of classic Chinese dance

and physical performance art with extraordinary

and inventive feats of strength and skill, control

and balance, grace and charisma.

26 March

7 PM

Center Stage: Erth’s Prehistoric

Aquarium Adventure

The Mystery of the Dinosaurs of the Deep.

The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

want to take your family on an all-new

adventure – this time to the bottom of the

ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure

is an immersive experience that invites you to

jump in and explore unknown ocean depths

where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons

ago – and maybe live still today! Erth shows

are at the forefront of family entertainment,

using actors, technology, puppets, science,

and imagination to create an amazing

visual experience that connects young

audiences to the real science of paleontology.

VIP Experience: With the purchase of the

VIP Experience ticket you’re invited into the

theatre early for an up-close-and-personal

introduction to one of our amazing underwater

creatures by knowledgeable puppeteers who

bring them to life. You also receive show

merchandise and of course, picture taking

is encouraged! Children under the age of

18 must be accompanied by an adult.

FROM THE CREATORS OFFERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE

27 March

10 AM & 12 PM

WWW.PREHISTORICAQUARIUM.COM

School Time Theatre: Erth’s

Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure

VIP Experience is not available during School

Time Theatre showings.

28 March

7 PM

Rhonda Vincent Concert

Rhonda Vincent is one of the hardest working

entertainers, in any genre of music, touring

an incredible eleven months out of the year,

displaying the world class talent of both

Rhonda and her incredible band. It’s been far

too long since the “Queen of Bluegrass” settled

down in the studio to create new music, and

finally the wait is over, as she has just released

the new single “LIKE I COULD.”

Visit

centertech.com/events/calendar/

for show pricing and to stay up to

date with our upcoming events.

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New E-Signage

Inside The Center

New e-signage has now been added

throughout the halls of The Center to denote

the various events occurring throughout

the building. Eight new LED displays now

hang outside the doors to the ballrooms and

exhibit halls.

For those renting these spaces to host

events at The Center, e-signage is

complementary.

The Center also offers the opportunity to

advertise on the e-signage displays. For

more information about space rental or

e-signage advertising contact Farrah

Dobbs, Sales & Events Manager, at

fdobbs@centertech.com or 606-677-6000.


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The Center for for Rural

Development’s Youth Programs

Grades 8-12

8-12

Program

Program

Grade Grade

Level

Level

Scholarship

Scholarship

Criteria

Criteria

Deadline

Deadline

Rogers

Rogers Rogers

Scholars

Scholars

(6 Days)

(6 (6 Days) Days)

Rising 11th

Rising 11th 11th

Graders

Graders

Opportunities to

apply Opportunities for more to than to

$8 apply apply million for for more worth more than of than

scholarships $8 $8 million million worth worth at 19 of of

universities.*

scholarships scholarships at at 19 19

universities.*

universities.*

• B Average GPA

••• Community B Average service GPA and

•• extracurricular Community service activities

and

• Essay

extracurricular activities

••• Letters Essay Essayof Recommendation



Letters

Letters

of

of

Recommendation

Recommendation

Jan. 24, 2020

Jan. 24, 2020

Rogers

Rogers Rogers

Explorers

Explorers

Explorers

(3 Days)

(3

(3

Days)

Days)

Rising 9th

Rising Rising 9th 9th

Graders

Graders

Graders

Students who attend

Union Students

Students College who

who receive attend

attend

an Union College receive

Union offer College of $1,000.** receive

an offer of $1,000.**

an offer of $1,000.**

• B Average GPA

• •

• Community B Average Average service GPA

GPA and


• extracurricular Community service and

Community service activities and

• Essay extracurricular activities

extracurricular activities

• • Essay

• Letters Essay of Recommendation

• Letters of Recommendation

• Letters of Recommendation

Feb. 7, 2020

Feb. 7, 2020

Feb. 7, 2020

Entrepreneurial

Entrepreneurial

Entrepreneurial

Leadership

Leadership

Leadership

Institute (ELI)

Institute (ELI)

Institute (5 Days) (ELI)

(5 Days)

(5 Days)

9th, 10th,

9th, 10th,

9th, and 10th, 11th,

and 11th,

and Grades 11th,

Grades

Grades

Each member of

the Each

Each

winning member

member

team of

of

is

offered the winning

the winning

a $16,000 team is

team is

Provost offered Scholarship

a $16,000

offered Provost a Scholarship

$16,000

at Eastern Kentucky

Provost at Eastern Scholarship

University ($4,000 Kentucky per

at University Eastern Kentucky

year). ($4,000 per

University year). ($4,000 per

year).

• B Average GPA

• •


Entrepreneurship B Average GPA

B Average GPA

and



extracurricular Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

activities and

extracurricular activities and

• Essay

• extracurricular Essay activities

• Letter of Recommendation

•• Essay Letter of Recommendation

• Letter of Recommendation

March 6, 2020

March 6, 2020

March 6, 2020

NEW

NEW

PROGRAM!

PROGRAM!

The

The

Center

Center

for

for

Rural

Rural

Development

Development

is

is

now

now

offering

offering

a

a

new

new

program

program

for

for

NEW Rogers

Rogers

PROGRAM! Scholars

Scholars

Alumni

Alumni

The Center who

who

wish

wish

for Rural to

to

attend

attend

Development the

the

program

program

is in now

in

a

a

mentoring offering

mentoring role. new

role.

Alumni program

Alumni

can

can

for

Rogers apply

apply

during

during

Scholars their

their

Alumni junior

junior

and who

and

senior wish

senior

to years

years

attend for

for the

the

program Alumni

Alumni

Mentoring

Mentoring mentoring Program.

Program.

role. Applications

Applications

Alumni can

apply are

are

due

due

during by

by

Jan. their

Jan.

24,

24,

junior 2020.

2020.

and See

See

senior back

back

years page

page for

for

the more

more

Alumni details!

details!

Mentoring Program. Applications

are due by Jan. 24, 2020. See back page for more details!

VISIT

VISIT CENTERYOUTHPROGRAMS.COM

CENTERYOUTHPROGRAMS.COM

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**Students who attend Union College during the Rogers Explorers camp are offered a $1,000 scholarship if they attend Union College Technology in the future. Edition 23


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