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KCEOC Helps Knox Countian Matthew Smith Become Lineman and Assist in Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts

Imagine waking up every morning knowing that your office space could give you a completely new view every day. Knox Countian Matthew Smith, a B Lineman with Bowling Energy in Harlan, Ky., says that’s what his new job has offered him—a job he got thanks to a training program offered through KCEOC Community Action —and he can’t believe how lucky he is.

Of course, Smith didn’t start out... (more)

Paths 2 Promise Helps Two Harlan County Natives Reach Their Goals in Life, Career

Everyday, people do things thinking it will bring them closer to achieving their goals. Whether in life, work, or any other avenue, goals can be motivators to better ones life—but sometimes motivation isn’t enough. A newer program, Paths 2 Promise (P2P), has emerged to try to help combat some of the factors that might hinder some Eastern Kentuckians from reaching their goals.

Harlan... (more)

Pike Countian Lanna Roberts Gets Boost into New Job from Big Sandy CAP’s Employment and Career Services

Lanna Roberts smiles when she talks about her new job.

“I like working with people,” she says, the badge pinned just below her left shoulder includes her first name in bold letters, just above her new job title: “Executive Director.”

A native of Pike County, Lanna served her first day as the administrator of Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Feb. 1, 2018. Parkview is... (more)

KCEOC Helps Knox Countian Dalton Ferguson Become Lineman and Assist in Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts

Looking at Knox Countian Dalton Ferguson, it is easy to guess how he spends his days. Broad shoulders, tan lines, and calloused hands are telltale signs of a life lived outdoors doing laborious work.

“I grew up in the farm life. I’ve always known what hard work’s about,” Ferguson says as he swivels in a chair in the offices of KCEOC Community Action Partnership in Barbourville. “I was... (more)

Gateway Community Action Helps Morgan County Dislocated Coal Miner Chase Perry Go Back to School to Become Engineer

The path to a college education isn’t made to suit everyone, and Morgan Countian Chase Perry certainly thought of himself as someone not suited for that path when he enrolled straight out of high school.

“I didn’t have the best advisor, I don’t think,” he says as he swivels in a chair in the conference room of the Gateway Community Action office in West Liberty. “Within my second week... (more)