HAZARD – A friendly smile and a desire to help others are attributes of Cora Hamilton, who is retiring from Hazard Community and Technical College after 24 years of service. Her last day is Friday, Oct. 30.
Ms. Hamilton has worn many hats at HCTC, with the most recent one at the Technical Campus, working with Workforce Solutions for the last three years. Her other jobs included the Counseling Center, switchboard, scheduling, various grants, Academic Support, Continuing Education, Facilities, Student Services, and cafeteria.
“I really enjoy working with the students and faculty, learning new techniques and software, and succeeding in completion of my job duties,” she said. Ms. Hamilton, even when she first started working for HCTC, would often voice her desire that the College offer more music classes. Her wish came true with the establishment of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM) in fall 2007 where instrument, recording, and songwriting classes are offered. Dean Osborne, KSBTM Director, noted, “Without the support of faculty like Cora Hamilton, the KSBTM would have never been more than just an idea and we should never underestimate the contributions made by getting behind ideas that seem impossible.”
Ms. Hamilton earned her associate of arts degree in 1994, graduating with distinction.
Prior to joining the HCTC family, she worked at AT and T in Jeff.
As she looks ahead to retirement at her home in Viper in Perry County, she plans to relax, take care of her nephew and brother and other family members, travel, garden, visit with friends, craft work, and attend church. Going fishing at a family cabin at Monticello is very attractive to her too.
Cora said she appreciates the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Lindon, Occupational Technologies and Workforce Solutions Dean. Dr. Lindon noted, “Cora’s pleasant demeanor and willingness to be of service will be greatly missed and we wish her the very best in her retirement.” And the College will continue seeking ways to offer music, which will continue to please Cora.