Partnership with EKCEP and SilverLiner Allows Former Coal Miner to Dig Himself Out of Hard Times and Into a Bright Welding Career

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)

Knox Countian Kristen Ball Overcomes Job Loss after Enrolling for WIOA Services at KCEOC in Barbourville

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)

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... (more)

Paths 2 Promise Helps Whitley Countian Achieve Career Dreams and Support Family

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)

Knox County Business Recognized for Advanced Manufacturing Training Program

Advanced manufacturing is currently making up only a small part of the industry landscape in Knox County, but if Courtney Campbell has anything to say about it, that’s going to change.

Through his business, Campbell Plumbing and Excavating (CPE), Inc., located in the Artemus community of Knox County, Campbell is already training a number of people on the operation of computer numerical... (more)