Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Teleworks USA Named SOAR/BB&T Bank Mini-Grant Recipient

Teleworks USA was named a SOAR/BB&T Bank mini-grant recipient during the 2017 Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Innovation Summit held Friday, Aug. 4, in Pikeville.

SOAR Executive Director Jared Arnett and Marlo Long, senior vice president for BB&T Bank, presented the grant award of $1,000 to Teleworks USA staff during the summit. Teleworks USA was one of only 12 showcase organizations selected for a grant from a total of about 130 such showcases at the summit.

Michael Cornett, director of agency expansion for Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) and Teleworks USA, thanked both SOAR and BB&T Bank for the award. The funds will be used to cover one month’s Teleworks Hub co-workspace fee for up to 13 occupants in any of Teleworks USA’s seven Teleworks Hubs based on need and personal barriers. Teleworks Hubs feature 100 Mbps internet access, computers, headsets, and other equipment needed to perform remote-work jobs from the Hub.

“We’re very excited to receive this grant from SOAR and BB&T Bank, and we can definitely put it to good use,” Cornett said. “There are times when teleworkers who use our Hub facilities may be on a seasonal work schedule and need assistance with the facilities fee. With this grant award, our Hub managers can identify workers who are experiencing that need and cover the fee on an as-needed basis.”

An initiative of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), Inc., Teleworks USA identifies and develops legitimate remote-work, distance learning opportunities, and helps to prepare people for the jobs with workshops in customer service and digital literacy, working with participants on creating résumés and developing superior interviewing skills, then applying for and obtaining legitimate work-from-home positions through its website,

EKCEP, a nonprofit workforce development agency headquartered in Hazard, Ky., serves the citizens of 23 Appalachian coalfield counties. The agency provides an array of workforce development services, administers the Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) program for dislocated coal miners and their spouses, and is the White House-designated lead organization for the federal TechHire designation for Eastern Kentucky. Learn more about us at, and


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