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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Applicants can now begin the process of applying for one of the 1,300 new jobs being created in Kentucky by General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics.

"The Commonwealth has scored not one, but two major victories here, with 1,300 new jobs on the way to London and Winchester," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "General Dynamics is a global company with a tremendous array of products and services, which means a wealth of opportunities for its employees."

Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply by visiting the General Dynamics IT career page at www.gdit.com/careers and entering "Kentucky" as the location on the job search page.

Job fairs in Winchester are planned at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Winchester-Clark County Campus on Monday, July 15, from noon to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Job fairs are planned in London on Saturday, July 20, and Saturday, July 27, at Somerset Community College, Laurel Campus, 100 University Drive, Building 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With many people out of work, the possibility of getting one of the 300 jobs could be life changing.

Shane Charles, of Stanton has been without a job for a year, "I got laid off in Stanton so now I'm looking for jobs."

Shane Charles is one of the many who showed up to the Bluegrass Community and Technical College to learn more about General Dynamics Information Technology. The company is expanding and set to open up a new location in Winchester on Bypass Road and in London on Old Whitley Road. The call centers are expected to open sometime this summer.

"I'm sort of reentering the job market," says Bill Jones, an IT consultant in Lexington.

Jones is searching for a more permanent job, "I can always hunt up work, but it would be nice to have a steady gig. The hunt, kill, eat model gets kind of old after awhile."

There are now 300 jobs to fill at the Winchester facility and 1,000 in at the London site. Both locations will provide technical help for the technical implementation of the federal government's Health Insurance Marketplace.

"I just saw that they were having a job fair today on Facebook. I thought I'd check it out. I really don't know what they need but I've got my fingers crossed," adds Jones.

"These 300 jobs have gone to a running tally thus far this year of Winchester and Clark County having created or announced over 1,000 jobs. So Winchester has jobs. If people want a job, come to Winchester and Clark County. There are plenty here," says Todd Denham, the Executive Director of Winchester & Clark County Industrial Authority.

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