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Job fair for miners set for Jan. 7




Laid off coal miners lined up to apply for jobs being offered by Patriot Coal’s Highland Mine in Western Kentucky during a recent job fair held at the Harlan Center. The fair was hosted by Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program’s Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) program, which will hold a similar fair in Hazard Jan. 7 along with the Kentucky Coal Association. (Photo by Nola Sizemore/Harlan Daily Enterprise)

Laid off coal miners lined up to apply for jobs being offered by Patriot Coal’s Highland Mine in Western Kentucky during a recent job fair held at the Harlan Center. The fair was hosted by Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program’s Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) program, which will hold a similar fair in Hazard Jan. 7 along with the Kentucky Coal Association. (Photo by Nola Sizemore/Harlan Daily Enterprise)

Experienced miners seeking job opportunities will once again have the chance to apply and be interviewed for underground mining jobs with Patriot Coal’s Highland Mine in Western Kentucky at an upcoming job fair in Hazard.

Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) and the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA) will host the job fair on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight, 412 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard.

Patriot officials will be on hand to accept resumes from miners and discuss underground mining job opportunities available at their Highland Mine in Western Kentucky. The company is seeking only skilled “black hat” underground miners through the job fair.

All applicants should bring copies of their resume and mine certifications.

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 relocation assistance to miners who accept out-of-area job opportunities.

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.

Approximately 350 miners attended previous H.O.M.E. and KCA job fairs for Patriot Coal held in Hazard, Pikeville, and Harlan. Nearly 120 of those miners have already been hired by the company.

JobSight and H.O.M.E. also held one of their largest- ever single-day job fairs on Dec. 17 in Hazard, when 248 miners attended and applied for jobs with 10 Kentucky manufacturers, including Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown.


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