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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Monday, AT&T announced that the company will hire workers for 116 jobs in Kentucky, including 34 new positions. The available positions include technicians, retail support, and call center representatives, according to a news release.
"Growing Kentucky jobs has always been priority one as we work to strengthen our economy," said Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear, according to the news release. "By making Kentucky a place where companies want to invest and expand their operations, we're able to provide greater opportunity for our children and grandchildren."
AT&T invested nearly $110 million in its Kentucky wireless and wireline networks in the first half of 2013. The investments included deployment of new macro cell sites, small cells, and Distributed Antenna Systems across the state as a part of AT&T's Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. The company also expanded and enhanced its 4G LTE network, which provides ultra-fast mobile Internet speeds, and deployed new Wi-Fi hot spots.
"Consumer demand is driving our investment in new technologies," said AT&T Kentucky President Hood Harris in the news release. "As part of our commitment to customer service and to support our Kentucky growth, we are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome 116 more Kentuckians to the AT&T family."
AT&T currently employs more than 3,000 employees throughout Kentucky and the company says it is consistently looking for new talent. AT&T invested about $280 million on training employees and about $26.6 million in tuition aid during 2012.
The company says hiring veterans is a priority for the company. More than 3,600 veterans started new careers at AT&T across the country in 2013. AT&T says it is doubling its hiring goal for veterans and their family members to 10,000 over the next five years, consistent with its commitment to equal employment opportunities.
About 55 percent of the veterans hired by AT&T made their transition to the private sector as technicians last year.
The company says other veterans and their family members are finding positions across AT&T as IT professionals, retail and call center representatives, project managers, financial analysts, supply chain managers and in other fields. A select corps of junior officers and college-educated non-commissioned officers are being recruited into AT&T leadership development programs.