Tech companies look to reinvent eastern Kentucky workforce

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville-based software company says it is expanding its training program for eastern Kentucky students in regions hit hard by the loss of coal jobs.
 
Interapt says it plans to offer a second training class later this year. The company's first class, announced last year, recently graduated and is now working in the company's eastern Kentucky office to develop mobile phone apps.
 
Interapt is one of several companies hoping to jumpstart eastern Kentucky's economy by reinventing its workforce. A manufacturing school to teach out-of-work coal miners how to operate advanced computer numeric control machines is scheduled to open this year. And Bitsource, a software and website development company, has been coding for two years in Pikeville after hiring former coal miners.

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