Six former coal miners enrolled in the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc.’s (EKCEP) Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) jobs initiative were among the 15 people recognized on Friday, Dec. 9, for completing the eight-week electrical lineman and fiber optics training course offered through the Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) in partnership with EKCEP and H.O.M.E.
One graduate had already landed a job by the time he graduated last week. Many others were still awaiting calls back from employers.
Friday’s class is the eighth to complete the HCTC lineman training course, which now offers fiber optics training, as well.
Graduates from the class include:
- Billy Ball
- Bradley Jared Bryant
- Mikael Campbell
- Victor Colon
- David Combs
- John Couch
- Richard Estes
- Russell Goble
- Matthew Honeycutt
- Marion Huff
- Jon Christopher Lemar
- Christopher Tyler Pursifull
- Matthew Turner
- Brandon Whitaker
- Edwin Winland
EKCEP’s H.O.M.E. initiative covered tuition and other costs for the six former miners’ participation in the lineman and fiber optic training.
H.O.M.E. is a service of EKCEP in conjunction with the Kentucky Career Center JobSight regional workforce network. EKCEP provides federally funded jobseeker and employer services in 23 counties in the Appalachian Kentucky Coalfields.
H.O.M.E. helps out-of-work miners and their spouses discover their skills, determine new career options, covers costs for them to enter classroom training, and helps place them into subsidized on-the-job training positions with area employers.
The program is also creating partnerships with employers and organizations across Kentucky and other states to help miners find and land jobs that allow them to sustain their standard of living and continue to use their skills.
In these cases, H.O.M.E. can also provide limited relocation assistance to miners who accept out-of-area job opportunities.
The program is funded through $17.5 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
To see more photos from the graduation, click here to go to EKCEP's Flickr page for the event.
EKCEP, a nonprofit workforce development agency headquartered in Hazard, Ky., serves the citizens of 23 Appalachian coalfield counties. The agency provides an array of workforce development services, administers the Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) program for dislocated coal miners and their spouses, and is the White House-designated lead organization for the federal TechHire designation for Eastern Kentucky. Learn more about us at http://www.ekcep.org, http://www.jobsight.organd http://www.facebook.com/ekcep.