Bit Source - Our Story Sat, 04/11/2015 - 09:38

Since the dawn of the 20th century, eastern Kentucky’s economy has been dependent upon the coal industry. Coal was mined and utilized much earlier but could not be transported far on wagons maneuvering through difficult terrain. The only mines that could get coal to markets beyond their local communities were those situated along navigable rivers and waterways.

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Canary in the Code Mine Thu, 02/11/2016 - 09:46

By: Lauren Smiley 

Featured on Medium - Backchannel

As America switches from an industrial economy to a digital one, its bluest collar workers are facing the toughest challenge of their lives. Can miners really learn how to code?

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By: Lauren Smiley

Featured on Medium - WTF?

“They’re blue-collar coders. That’s what they’re gonna be. We have to be what we are.” — Rusty Justice, founder of BitSource, a Kentucky-based business that has taught miners to code

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By: Tim Loh

Featured on Bloomberg News

"Bit Source, a Pikeville, Ky., startup, is out to prove there’s life after coal for the thousands of industry veterans who’ve lost their jobs."

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Featured on - The Mountain Eagle

"Garland Couch used to work in the coal industry. With nearly two decades of experience under his belt, the Whitesburg native had worked in many of the positions the industry has to offer."

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Featured on: Floyd County Times

"EKCEP helps former Johnson County coal miner with new job"

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By: Medical Leader Staff Press Release 

Featured on: Pikeville Medical Leader

"PIKEVILLE — On August 24, the community and chamber members welcomed Eastern Kentucky’s newest technology company, Bit Source. Bit Source provided tours of the facility, product demonstrations, as well as refreshments and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the opening of what is an exciting startup business."

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By:Bill Estep

Featured on Lexington Hearlod Leader

"Jim Ratliff is a glimmer of what could be possible to diversify jobs in Eastern Kentucky, a region hurt by a sharp downturn in the coal industry that long underpinned economy."

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Where Should All the Coal Miners Go? Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:37

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Featured on Pacific Standard - "this was a refrence in the last paragraph"

The evidence on conventional job re-training programs is unimpressive, which is bad news for the thousands of coal workers who are likely to lose their jobs in the coming years.

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By: Addison Berry

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EKCEP Media Thu, 02/11/2016 - 15:16

EKCEP Program Year Review 2014-2015

PIKE COUNTY’S ADRIANA ABSHIRE PUTS COAL-INDUSTRY APTITUDE TO WORK AS COMPUTER CODER AT NEW EASTERN KENTUCKY TECH FIRM

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WHITESBURG NATIVE GARLAND COUCH FINDS WAY TO STAY IN THE MOUNTAINS WITH NEW JOB AT COMPUTER CODING FIRM BIT SOURCE

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Fast Company Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:23

"This Kentucky Startup Employs Former Coal Miners And Teaches Them To Code":

As the coal industry collapses, tens of thousands of coal miners have lost jobs, and communities that used to depend on the industry are also struggling to survive. In Pikeville, Kentucky, a small town in the middle of coal country, one startup has responded by experimenting with something new: teaching former coal miners to code.

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Reuters Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:37

Can an Appalachian 'Silicon Holler' rise in coal's shadow

Portraits of local heroes are stenciled onto the walls of an old Coca-Cola bottling plant in Pikeville, Kentucky: 10 images that seem to be watching over apprentices hunched over keyboards in what has become the office of businessman Charles "Rusty" Justice's digital startup.

 

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Garland's Story Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:36

Whitesburg Native Garland Couch Finds Way to Stay in the Mountains with New Job at Computer Coding Firm Bit Source

 

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TECH HIRE Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:33

Check out the articles for Bit Source Employees featured on the TECH HIRE website. 

Adriana, Garland, & Jim

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NPR Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:28

From Coal To Code: A New Path For Laid-Off Miners In Kentucky

All over eastern Kentucky, you see cars and pickup trucks with black license plates proclaiming the owner is a "friend of coal."

Even though the license plates are all over, it's getting harder to find actual coal miners here: Fewer than 6,000 remain in the state, where the coal industry is shrinking fast. More than 10,000 coal workers have been laid off since 2008.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited Bit Source, a new computer coding firm in Pikeville, Ky., on May 11, 2015. Sec. Perez toured the facility and met with former coal miners currently training to become computer programmers, with help from the Eastern

 

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