HAZARD — During her presidency, Dr. Jennifer Lindon would like to focus on job training at Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) and economic growth for the surrounding areas.
“We’ve had so many miners laid off in the last 10 years, especially in the last five, but it seems like it’s been increasing with more layoffs every year,” said Dr. Lindon.
Lindon said HCTC has a responsibility to the community for economic growth and workforce development.
“We want to do this through education and training. We want to educate and train for jobs for the future. So we first have to determine what those jobs are and then develop training,” said Lindon.
Training could evolve from a two year degree or Bachelor’s’s Degree to more of a certificate level training, depending on the job Lindon said.
This could potentially allow for more short term training for job seekers and get them out into the workforce much sooner.
“People look to us to provide hope for the region. I think there is people here who are really struggling right now and unfortunately, I think some people have lost hope,” said Lindon.
Several displaced coal miners have taken the opportunity of the job training offered at HCTC’s Technical Campus.
Some of facilities and programs that are offered on HCTC’s Technical campus are: Smart Energy Training Center, Automotive Lab Mine Training, Shale Net certification and EPIC certification programs.
Lindon is also interested in expanding HCTC’s agriculture program. They recently got two new certificates approved for the class.
“If you got back to our roots, we all had family farms,” said President Lindon.
She wants to bring the importance of farming back to this area.
The first day of her presidency was June 1. After a national wide search, Dr. Lindon was elected in April.
She is the first female president and the first president to be a native of Hazard.
Prior to being elected as HCTC’s president, she was the Dean of Occupation Technologies Programs at HCTC’s Technical campus.
For those interested in some of the programs HCTC offers, they can call the Admission’s Office at 606-436-5721.
TJ Caudill is a reporter for The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-436-5771.