Twenty former coal miners enrolled in the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc.’s (EKCEP) Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) jobs initiative were among the 21 people recognized on Friday, May 20, for completing the eight-week electrical lineman and fiber optics training course offered through the Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) in partnership with EKCEP and H.O.M.E.
Three of the graduates were unable to attend the graduation because they had already landed jobs in the field. Many others were still awaiting calls back from employers.
Friday’s class is the sixth to complete the HCTC lineman training course, which now offers fiber optics training, as well.
Graduates from the class include:
*Brandon Matthew Coleman
*Kevin Brian Ousley
EKCEP’s H.O.M.E. initiative covered tuition and other costs for the 20 former miners’ participation in the lineman and fiber optic training.
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 $11.3 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.