Lawrence Countian Christopher Sizemore says he can’t believe how different his typical working day is now compared to just one year ago. Waking up before the sun and looking forward to a 30-hour-or-more work shift was normal for him—not to mention the 1,000 miles that stood between he and his family—as he worked for weeks at a time with an oil drilling company in Texas.
“I needed work,... (more)
When he graduated high school, Knox County resident Andrew Garrison faced a question that many young adults do: What am I going to do with my life?
“I pretty much worked at Kroger for a while, but I wanted to learn how to drive,” Garrison says, adjusting his seat in the offices of KCEOC Kentucky Career Center JobSight in Barbourville, Ky.
Garrison explains that by driving he didn... (more)
Knox Countian Dustin Yother has only ever wanted to be a lineman—it’s in his blood.
“My dad and two uncles were linemen, so that’s something that I’ve always wanted to do,” Yother says as he sits in the conference room of the KCEOC Kentucky Career Center JobSight in Barbourville, Ky.
Yother’s interest in lineman work intensified during high school when his class toured the... (more)
Some stories span decades and take years to tell. The story of Shawn Rigney’s career has spanned nearly 15 years so far, and it’s a story the Harlan County native says will continue thanks to the career and employment services offered at his local Community Action Agency.
The former coal miner sits in the conference room of the Harlan County Community Action Agency (CAA) in Harlan, Ky... (more)
Andrea Mathis was about to enter her third month of submitting job applications and looking for work near her home in Lee County. Her search wasn’t going well, and by February 2019 she was on the verge of giving up and looking at the possibility of moving away from Eastern Kentucky to find employment.
“I started putting in applications in December, and I had put in 20 or more,” she says... (more)