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Ignite Emporia to bring digital job skills training to 20 Emporians | Gaz

Ignite Emporia to bring digital job skills training to 20 Emporians | Gaz
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Ignite Emporia announced Tuesday afternoon that it will partner with the Center for Rural Innovation, a digital challenge skills development program to provide high-demand digital job training to 20 individuals in the Emporia community.

Emporia has been selected by CORI to be part of the programme, which is funded by a grant from Microsoft and will provide participants with professional skills training in one of three tracks: digital marketing, project management or sales representation.

It’s open to the general public, anyone interested in adding this to their page for Spring 2022,” said Rob Gilligan, director of Ignite Emporia. “It’s a great way to build their skills and resume and move on to other workforce development opportunities.”

Each career path is an “online asynchronous learning platform through LinkedIn Learning,” according to Gilligan, and is divided into eight modules. Two facilitators are assigned to each of the tracks, who are industry professionals, to interact with students virtually.

“(The facilitators) will then work with students in group and discussion settings to say, ‘How do we take these learning units and then apply them to real-world skills? How do we take this learning to the next level and talk about real-world experiences they can put into the workforce to develop their skills? “It’s really a blended model, which we think is a great strategy for getting students into the program, but also making that learning applicable to the work they’re currently doing or the kind of work they want to do.”

The program starts in February and interested individuals can apply at Seats will be filled based on each individual’s submission date.

Gilligan said providing this opportunity is part of Ignite Emporia’s workforce development goal and that training in digital work skills is especially in demand these days.

“One of the things we’ve seen especially during the last two years of the pandemic is the need to develop digital skills to work remotely and to improve the use and understanding of digital tools,” Gilligan said. “… understanding and making more effective use of these elements can be beneficial both to our workforce in society to make them more competitive for jobs, but also to our employers in society who may have employees who have the ability to acquire the skills to take on New jobs assignments.”

Anyone with further questions can contact Gilligan by calling the Emporia Region Chamber of Commerce office at 620-342-1600 or by emailing him at


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