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Out-of-work coal miners in Eastern Kentucky will have an opportunity to apply for jobs with the R.J. Corman Railroad Group—one of the state’s largest employers—during an upcoming job fair in Hazard.

Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) will host the job fair on Wednesday, Feb. 26, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight, 412 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard.

R.J. Corman officials will be present to accept resumes and applications at the event. Qualified applicants can also apply online now at www.rjcorman.com/careers. Applicants who apply online prior to the job fair may have the opportunity to be interviewed on-site at the event.

A leading railroad service provider, R.J. Corman Railroad Group is headquartered in Nicholasville, Ky., and provides a variety of services, including derailment and material sales throughout the U.S. The company currently owns short-line railroad services in several sates, including Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

The company expects to fill at least 40 positions, with a work schedule of six to eight days on, followed by approximately six days off.

Positions include:

• Heavy equipment operators – The safe and efficient operation of heavy equipment as needed for projects is required. Railroad construction experience is preferred. Applicants must have the ability to pass the railroad safety test and training; complete all required documentation; promote a safe work environment; and communicate well with co-workers, customers, and supervisors.

• Laborers – Applicants must be safety-minded and willing to work on construction crews. Previous railroad track construction is preferred. Candidates must be willing to travel extensively and transportation will be provided.

• Mechanics – The ability to troubleshoot and repair heavy equipment and heavy and light vehicles and trailers is required. Previous repair of gas and diesel engines, hydraulics, pneumatics is also required. A CDL-A license is preferred. Extensive travel is also required.

Relocation for most of these positions will not be required, as the company—in some cases—will provide carpool transportation to Nicholasville. Employment includes a competitive benefit package along with room for advancement within the company.

Applicants at the Feb. 26 job fair must bring a résumé in order to be considered, along with a valid driver’s license, Social Security card, and any training documents.

H.O.M.E. is a service of Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) in conjunction with the Kentucky Career Center JobSight 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 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 assistance to miners who accept out-of-area job opportunities where relocation is required.

Nearly 2,000 former miners and their spouses have turned to EKCEP and H.O.M.E. for help in navigating the process of reconnecting to the workforce. So far, the initiative has helped more than 500 former miners enter classroom or on-the-job training and work internships, and helped nearly 500 others already find new jobs.

The program is funded through a $5.2 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

More than 500 miners attended previous H.O.M.E. and Kentucky Coal Association job fairs in Hazard, Pikeville, and Harlan to apply for jobs with Patriot Coal’s Highland Mine and other operations in Western Kentucky. Nearly 250 miners applied for jobs with several top Kentucky manufacturing plants—including Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown—at a Dec. 17 H.O.M.E. job fair.

For more information on the R.J. Corman Railroad Group job fair, contact EKCEP toll-free at 1-855-HOME-690 (1-855-466-3690). More information on the positions is available at www.rjcorman.com, and you can find EKCEP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ekcep.

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