Lexington, Kentucky (August 23, 2021) A partnership among the City, the University of Kentucky, Commerce Lexington, and Coastal Cloud focused on the creation of a new UK Salesforce Consultancy Incubator Program was announced today.
As part of the new program, Coastal Cloud will train students, recent college graduates, and new or aspiring Salesforce administrators to become effective Salesforce Consultants. The company is a Salesforce Expert Partner that consults with clients to implement customized digital platforms for customer relationship management, marketing, sales, commerce, service, and IT support.
“Businesses around the world utilize the Salesforce platform, and this partnership will provide the valuable training to become a salesforce consultant,” Mayor Linda Gorton said.
The University of Kentucky has a strong partnership with Salesforce. Recently, the university turned to Salesforce to aid in response to COVID-19, leveraging the Health Cloud to serve the campus community with daily screening, testing, and contact tracing operations. This effort resulted in a nomination of an Excellence in Institutional Efficiency award.
UK also has a Salesforce Student Organization, which brings together over 60 students dedicated to professional development and skills training in preparation for entering the workforce.
“Through partnerships like this, UK students will have the opportunity to discover what’s possible when technology and innovation converge,” said Kirsten Turner, vice president for student success at UK. “They will gain invaluable experiences that will propel them to be successful and productive members of our community and economy.”
Participants in the program will gain experience in client discovery sessions, documenting requirements and business processes, and proposing out-of-the-box custom Salesforce solutions. Experience will progress to levels of design and development within the Salesforce software platform.
Commerce Lexington Inc. President and CEO, Bob Quick, said, “The key to success in business often starts with building relationships. There is an art to connecting with people, and this partnership will provide valuable training to students, recent college graduates and others to do just that. The Salesforce company is well-known in the business world for its CRM digital platforms, and through this initiative and new space, Coastal Cloud will help build our future workforce in cloud-based careers.”
In addition to sponsoring the Incubator Program, Coastal Cloud has opened a location in the Ashland Plaza on High Street that will promote economic activity in Lexington and throughout the State, and create job opportunities for recent graduates, as well as experienced Salesforce professionals.
“We are so excited to expand Coastal Cloud’s presence in Kentucky, bringing high paying jobs to the Lexington area,” said Sara Hale, Coastal Cloud Co-Founder and Managing Partner. “This new space allows us to continue to grow our partnership with the University of Kentucky, connecting students to jobs in technology and helping to build a cloud-based career pipeline for graduates.”
Media Release: Coastal Cloud