James Mathews had never set foot in a machine shop before February 2018, and like most people in Knox County’s workforce, his experience with advanced manufacturing was non-existent. But that all changed when he enrolled for WIOA career services at his local Kentucky Career Center JobSight.
“I used to be a tree climber and a roofer, dabbled around with welding, but never had anything to... (more)
Twenty-three years—that’s how many years Pike Countian Chris Compton dedicated to a job he thought he’d retire from at a coal company just 30 minutes from his house. That retirement plan was shattered in February 2016, however, when the company Compton worked for issued mass layoffs and his number was up.
“That’s the lifestyle living here—if you didn’t work in the coal industry then you... (more)
Kristen Ball had more than a decade of experience as a service manager for a local mobile home business when she was abruptly laid off, hers becoming one of thousands of jobs lost during the years of Eastern Kentucky’s economic downturn.
And Ball’s experience was much like everyone else’s.
“It was awful,” Ball says, wringing her hands a bit as she remembers, her face taking a... (more)
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... (more)
One single piece of paper—that’s all it took to change Whitely Countian Marsha Moses’ path in life.
“When I saw the flyer, for whatever reason I picked it up. I don’t normally do that,” Moses says, shaking her head. “I picked it up and read about it, and I showed it to my husband and he was like, well, you never know, maybe this is your chance.”
That piece of paper Moses was... (more)