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Business workshop offered at RCBI on April 25

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is offering the second of a continuing series of free Industry 4.0 Workshops from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at its Huntington Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

Cognitive Computing for Business & Industry will feature Nick Humphries, PiWeb sales manager for ZEISS Industrial Metrology, who will explain how software integrated into industrial settings improves efficiency as well as reduces costs and down-time. He will showcase the company's PiWeb software that optimizes workplace productivity by providing real-time monitoring of and feedback on equipment and processes.

For more information or to register for the workshop, visit www.rcbi.org/go/cognitive.

Career development event scheduled in Greenup County

GREENUP, Ky. — The ALTIVIA-SunCoke-Veolia Community Advisory Panel (CAP) and its member companies will sponsor a career development event in Greenup County, Kentucky, later this month. Creating the Tri-State's Tomorrow Today (CT3) by Inspiration-Education-Career Exploration is set from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Greenup Locks and Dam at 600 Corp St.

Approximately 90 high school sophomores from five area schools, including Green Local, Greenup, Lewis County, Raceland-Worthington and Russell Independent, will take part in the event. The goal of the event is to introduce them to career opportunities within manufacturing and what is needed to enter the workforce.

Industry representatives from ALTIVIA Petrochemicals LLC, SunCoke Energy and Veolia will be available to speak to those in attendance about careers in the area's chemical industry and what is needed to pursue the opportunities.

Information and guidance will be provided to highlight local education programs that prepare residents for jobs in industry, such as a chemical operator whose starting annual salary begins at $70,000 plus benefits.

Representatives from Marshall University, Ohio University Southern and Shawnee State University will showcase program offerings to help students understand education needed to pursue these careers. Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC), Collins Career Center and Scioto County Career Technical Center will provide details about their programs.

OLBH receives national environmental award

ASHLAND — Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) has been honored with the 2019 Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. OLBH earned the honor for superior stewardship while reducing the system's environmental impact, according to a news release.

The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products' sustainability and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas.

"Sustainability is central to our mission as we protect the health of our patients, staff and communities," OLBH Director of Community Health Diva Justice said in the release. "I'd like to thank our Green Team for helping us achieve this award. During the past year at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, our team has upgraded the lighting on campus to LEDs, which will save nearly 30 percent energy usage annually. Conservation efforts such as this as well as recycling and cleanup initiatives are just a few of the ways we look to improve the communities we serve."

The award will be presented to OLBH representatives at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala next month in Nashville at the conclusion of the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.

For more information on Practice Greenhealth, visit practicegreenhealth.org. For more information concerning OLBH, visit BonSecours.com or call the OLBH CareLine at 606-833-CARE (2273).

NewForce training program accepting applications

HUNTINGTON — Generation West Virginia, Mountwest Community and Technical College and committed employer partners have opened applications for the second cohort of NewForce, a six-month intensive technology training program, for classes beginning in August.

NewForce is a tuition-free, in-person software development training program created by employers, community colleges and nonprofits to ensure West Virginians have the right technology skills for companies that are ready to hire in the Mountain State.

"At Generation West Virginia, we don't think you should have to leave home to find a job you love. We are committed to developing programs so more people can stay and succeed in the Mountain State," said Natalie Roper, executive director of Generation West Virginia.

Through the six-month curriculum, NewForce students work together on group projects, receive mentorship and graduate with in-demand software development skills and direct connections to jobs.

The program finishes with a Demo Day where the program's employer partners — 84 Agency, Advantage Technology, Core10, Green Bank Observatory, Mountain Leverage, N3, Sparksoft, and Strictly Business Computer Systems and others - view student demo presentations of applications they have built during the course and interview NewForce graduates for open positions.

"NewForce is instrumental in helping us connect with software developers who are the right fit for our dynamic culture," said Lee Farabaugh, co-founder of Core 10 and NewForce employer partner.

"Advantage Technology is an employer partner because our success as a company depends on our ability to hire highly qualified team members and get the job done. Through this program we can do that," said Steve Platz, director of acquisitions at Advantage Technology and NewForce employer partner.

NewForce is made possible through support from Generation West Virginia, Mountwest Community and Technical College and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System as well as statewide outreach and applicant support from Jobcase and shared proven curriculum from Nashville Software School.

"We are so excited to recruit our second cohort of NewForce students. This program holds great promise for our region and potentially for the entire state. We are dedicated to this innovative model that will quickly increase the area's trained workforce in software development, which will draw new employers to the area," said Dr. Keith Cotroneo, president of Mountwest Community and Technical College.

"We are enthusiastic to continue our work with Generation West Virginia, in-state employers and other partners to establish Huntington as a technology hub in the eastern U.S."

NewForce's curriculum is based on a time-tested model from Nashville Software School, a leader in employer-driven technology training and a partner of the program. NewForce graduates possess comprehensive knowledge of in-demand software development languages including HTML, CSS and JavaScript, as well as deep knowledge of Microsoft's C#/.NET software stack.

No prior technology experience in coding, software development or math is required to be eligible to apply for NewForce.

Prospective students can learn more about the program and apply at www.newforce.co by May 10.

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