Offshoring and outsourcing are bad words in most parts of America these days. People see their jobs being sent to India, China, and elsewhere and wonder who is watching out for them? Who is preserving their ability to bring home a paycheck and provide for their family?
A native of Arkansas and alumni of Corporate America wants to help rural communities. She is trying to bring tech jobs back to rural America.
Kathy Brittain White was Chief Information Officer of Cardinal Health when she retired at the age of 55. She wanted to do something to help rural communities like the one she grew up in. She then founded Rural Sourcing.
Rural Sourcing provides tech training and jobs to Americans. The idea is to create a “virtual workforce”. These individuals are employees of Rural Sourcing and do the work that corporations are sending offshore. The jobs are in the tech field and are geared towards providing Information Technology support. The work can be done anywhere , which is appealing to corporations that are constantly downsizing and closing up buildings.
RS has three locations in North Carolina, New Mexico, and Arkansas. They hope to build work forces in areas with universities that have strong computer science/IT programs but no jobs. There are plenty of areas fit the bill.