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World Trade Center Kentucky announces new director of training

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The World Trade Center Kentucky (WTC-KY) has named Ian Mooers as the director of training.

As the manager of the Center’s educational training programs, Mooers provides training solutions to meet the needs of business clients.

Mooers comes to the Center with 20 years of experience working in education, community development, and providing business solutions ranging from training to recruitment, and consultation.  He served as the assistant director of University Career Services at George Mason University, before being selected as the director for Entrepreneur Programs for the entire University where he worked to connect faculty-holding patents to investors and entrepreneurs in the Washington DC region.  During his tenure at Eastern Kentucky University, Mooers performed community and business development work across southern and eastern Kentucky receiving five USDA Rural Business Development training grants totaling over $200,000 to create and preserve jobs in the region. Most recently, Mooers has worked for Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) in Hazard developing training programs in manufacturing and international trade to help companies grow and expand their workforce. At EKCEP, he partnered with Kentucky’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Advantage KY Alliance) to develop an on-site business growth training program with manufacturers to help them avert layoffs and grow operations to expand their workforce.  Mooers recently launched an Export Accelerator Pilot Program in partnership with the World Trade Center Kentucky to build awareness of international markets to companies in eastern Kentucky.

Mooers holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s in Communication and resides in Irvine with his wife Katie, and their two daughters, Alise and Nora. He serves locally on the board of the Estill Development Alliance, which is a non-profit dedicated to growing the economy of Estill County.

For information about WTC-KY programs please visit www.wtcky.com.