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Success with the Garden Seed Program   no comments

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Big Sandy Area Community Action Program seeks Board of Directors members   no comments

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Re-Brand Your Communication Style with Communication is KEY   no comments

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We have an exciting opportunity coming up next week and we would love for you to join us!

Re-Brand Your Communication Style

with Communication is KEY

Wednesday, Oct. 13

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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In just one hour ONLINE, you will…

  • Identify your communication style.
  • Learn how to use it to say what you mean, and mean what you say.
  • Understand why having strong communication skills is necessary to achieve your goals.
  • Identify and overcome common pitfalls.
  • Re-brand your communication style and get to where you are going.

 

BSCTC, BSACAP, and the Kentucky Career Center will be joined by Rachelle Burchett, an author, leader, motivator, and creative business professional who delivers results with action-packed energy. She leads by developing team members into trailblazers, thinking innovatively creating strategic/communication action plans, and finding solutions to workforce needs.

 

Get registered today! It’s completely free and we’d love to have you there.

 

 

If you have any questions email us at CareerHelp@bsacap.org.

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Growing Gardens and Preserving Produce   no comments

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Pictured: Brenda Cockerham shared the process of preparing produce for preserving to attendees of the virtual workshop.

Expanding access to healthy foods is a long-term goal for the Community Service Block Grant’s Garden Seed Program, and a big part of that comes from preserving the lifespan of food, with or without refrigeration. Not only does the program provide a healthy resource, it’s also a valuable skill set. With gardening becoming more of a necessity to help extend finances and access to healthy foods, so does the ability to preserve the crops produced.

On Monday, August 23, 2021, Big Sandy Area Community Action Program held the Preserving the Garden virtual workshop. The guest speaker for the event was Brenda Cockerham, a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with the Johnson County Extension Service. Brenda offered her experience with food preparation to extend their shelf life, with techniques including canning, freezing, and drying. Safety was also discussed as what could be potentially hazardous if not done properly.

“The Garden Seed Program is dedicated to helping individuals supplement their income with a healthy solution,” said Alecia Conley-Knox, CSBG Program Manager. “Providing this workshop virtually gave us a safe way to work with partners in our community to assist families in learning the skills needed to feed their families healthy, home-grown foods.”

The video from the workshop is available here on our BSACAP Inc YouTube channel, so those interested in the techniques may view at any time as they look to start their own food preservation projects. More workshops will also be available in the future, so stay tuned to the BSACAP Facebook page for updates, as well as bsacap.org.

To begin your journey into food preservation, publications are available at all county extension service offices.

Funding for the Garden Seed Program is made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org, follow them on Facebook, or call the service office in your county.

Written by Kevin Horn on September 16th, 2021

Gearheart Communications Employer Spotlight   no comments

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Opportunity Youth Program Offering New Training Opportunities   no comments

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BSACAP’s Model City Head Start Program Receives National Recognition   no comments

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In the past year, the Covid-19 outbreak caused hybrid learning to become the norm, with teachers instructing students in the classroom and virtually. Teachers in Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s Head Start program have adapted to this new style to great success. The work done by instructors to find new and engaging ways of teaching resulted in over 1,000 students across the Big Sandy Region being able to demonstrate school readiness skills and earned some teachers a national spotlight.

Because of the pandemic, faculty looked to engage students in more fun and interesting ways by creating videos that would entertain as well as teach. During a regular meeting with a program specialist with the Region 4 Head Start office in Atlanta, Georgia, Tracy Jenkins, BSACAP Head

Mercedes Burke, left, and Sarah Ray, pictured on the right, from Model City Head Start had their virtual teaching videos showcased to the National Center for Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning, one of four national training centers.

Start Grantee Director, shared theses videos while giving updates on the prog

ram. The videos began circulating in the Region 4 office, making their way to the National Center for Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning, a national Head Start training center. As a result of their work during the pandemic, Model City Head Start teachers Mercedes Burke and Sarah Ray were recognized for their success at a national symposium.

“There were a lot of negative comments last year about how virtual teaching wasn’t that great and [the specialist in the Region 4 office] wanted to prove there were programs out there that were doing great things,” said Jenkins.

“I had a hard time keeping students interested,” said Burke. “I thought I’d bring some magic into the classroom.” Inspired by not only her students, but by her nephew and the videos he would watch on Youtube, Burke found herself utilizing the skills of “movie magic” to keep students engaged. Using the iMovie app on her iPhone, she was able create the illusion that she magically moved from place to place, providing a visual representation of the subject she was teaching.

Sarah Ray, a lead teacher with Model City Head Start, showcased her skills using the popular app TikTok as well as iMovie. The two allowed for a variety of different effects and scenarios that could be used to teach children in an interactive manner while making it fun. She dressed up as a character named “Pete the Cat” and would play out the scenarios of the book being read. She plans on bringing the character to her in-person classroom.

“[The children] loved the video, even the parents commented that they enjoyed it and thought it was funny,” Ray said. “I did the Pete the Cat video as a funny kind of thing, and I had no idea it would be as big as it was. It had a bigger impression than I thought that it would.”

Burke said the program being nationally recognized was “very unexpected”. “It’s very cool to know, and that it’s us, to have our faces on there. I just wanted to get the kids to laugh and have fun while learning.”

The recognition was felt not just nationally, but also within BSACAP, praising the teachers for their ingenuity and creativity to reach their students in this nontraditional style.

“It’s so simple but so effective” said Jenkins. “I thought it was something that every teacher could use and this is by far better than just sitting and listening to somebody talk.”

BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker said, “We’re very proud of the work these teachers have done to keep their students safe, healthy, and engaged in their education. The last school year was a challenging one for parents, teachers, and children, but the creativity our Head Start teachers have shown and their willingness to go the extra mile for their students is a testament to the love our teachers have for learning and for their students.”

BSACAP’s Head Start is comprised of seven programs operated through local county and city Boards of Education and directly operates the Model City Head Start program. Head Start provides children with an education, preparation for kindergarten, socialization, listening and speaking skills, healthy meals and snacks, vision and hearing tests, assistance with dental and medical needs. To find out more information on enrolling your child in Head Start, call 606-789-1600.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org, follow them on Facebook, or call the service office in your county.

Written by Kevin Horn on August 16th, 2021

Job Fair Brings Employers and Jobseekers Together   no comments

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A jobseeker meets with Appalachian Wireless Customer Relations representatives Darlene Howell and Amy Iricks at the “Hire-a-bration” job fair hosted by BSACAP held at the Coal Run Community Center.

Excited to get back in the workforce, employers and applicants met at the Coal Run Community Center on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 seeking new prospects.

The Job Fair was hosted by partner agencies Big Sandy Area Community Action, Kentucky Career Center, and Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program. This was the first in person job fair held by the organizations since October 2019.

“It’s all about trying to get people back to work,” said BSACAP Workforce Services Director Erica Ash. “Everyone that’s been drawing unemployment insurance benefits, been laid off, we’re here to help connect them with employers and get them back in the workforce.”

The fair was the kickoff of EKCEP’s “hire-a-bration” event, which will see similar job fairs across the region in the coming weeks. The organization is planning to host their Annual Fall Mega-Job Fair later in the year, according to BSACAP Career Advisor Joey Osborne.

“Every employer I’ve talked to is looking for somebody,” said Osborne.

Among the employers on sight for the day were Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Pikeville Medical Center, Mountain Enterprises, Inc., Wright Underground Concrete, Appalachian Wireless, TransAmerica Agency Network, and Digital Careers Now. BSACAP Career Advisors were on hand at the event to assist jobseekers in finding the career path they were best suited. Career Advisors can also help people earn credentials, find education and training opportunities, and obtain financial assistance for certain fields.

For area hospitals, such as those in the Appalachian Regional Healthcare system and Pikeville Medical Center, a mix of specialized workers, such as Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses, trade positions, and operation positions, such as food service, clinical personnel, and clerical, are desired. Individuals seeking at home employment were also able to seek information with Digital Careers Now, working with General Dynamic Information Technology, to provide remote positions assisting customers through incoming calls. Initial training for the Customer Service Representative positions will be done in Paintsville, with workers then provided equipment to begin working from home.

BSACAP Career Advisors were also able to provide information on the Team Kentucky Back to Work Incentive Program. To help with the current rate of unemployment in the state, Governor Andy Beshear created the program. Those aged 18 and older who have been displaced from their previous employer and rejoin the workforce between June 24, 2021 and July 30, 2021 will be eligible for a $1,500 incentive payment. Applications will be open beginning August 2, 2021 and close October 1, 2021. The program is available to the first 15,000 deemed qualifying and is not guaranteed.

For more upcoming hiring events or to speak to a Career Advisor, visit bsacap.org/wioa, call (606) 789-2857, or email CareerHelp@bsacap.org.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org, follow them on Facebook, or call the service office in your county.

Written by Kevin Horn on July 21st, 2021