EKCEP Enables 24 Eastern Kentuckians to Graduate from HCTC Lineman Program

Nearly 30 people were recognized during a graduation ceremony at Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) on Friday, Nov. 9, two months after beginning the school’s Lineman & Fiber Optics training course.

Twenty-four of Friday's 26 graduates entered the training program with assistance from the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program’s (EKCEP) Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) or Community Impact initiatives, or via Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services.

Assistance included covering tuition along with the costs for tools, boots, and other items needed during the training.

EKCEP and HCTC have partnered on the lineman program since 2013, which has graduated 257 WIOA clients in that time. Not including the most recent class, nearly 90% of graduates are currently employed. Seven graduates from this latest class have already obtained employment, as of the date of graduation.

Graduates from the latest class include:

Michael Asher

Chris Bledsoe

Deavon Brock

James Cornett

Christopher Everage

Tyler Gayheart

Randy Gilliam

Christopher Foley

Jonathan Hall

Filas Hylton

John Devin Kilmon

Dustin Lewis

Jimmy Locke

Lee Ryan Moore

Jonathon Noble

Kenny Pennington

Trent Pursiful

Zachary Simpson

Joshua Slone

Jason Smalley

Adam Smith

Joseph Stanton

Chris Stokes

Gordon Tackett

Kevin Taylor

Dustin Turner

To see more photos from the graduation, click here to go to EKCEP's Flickr page for the event.

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 $28.5 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

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 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.orghttp://www.jobsight.org and http://www.facebook.com/ekcep.