Out-of-work coal miners and their spouses will have the opportunity to apply for jobs and connect in-person with more than a dozen area employers at a regional job fair in Hazard.
Hiring Our Miners Everyday— the H.O.M.E. program—will host a job fair on Friday, May 3 starting at 9 a.m. at the Kentucky Career Center Perry County JobSight at 412 Roy Campbell Drive in Hazard just past Whayne Supply.
A variety of employers will be on hand to accept job applications from miners and their spouses enrolled in H.O.M.E., and discuss job opportunities.
Miners and spouses interested in attending who are not already enrolled in H.O.M.E. can sign up for the program on-site at the job fair.
More than 800 out-ofwork miners and their spouses from across Eastern Kentucky have already started the journey back into jobs after enrolling in H.O.M.E., which provides them career advising, skills training, and job placement support at no cost.
Spouses of out-of-work miners may qualify for assistance through H.O.M.E. if they are out of work but want to return to the workforce. Other employees from closed coal operations, such as office staff and support personnel, can also sign up.
H.O.M.E. is a service of Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), a nonprofit workforce development organization that provides federally funded jobseeker and employer services in 23 counties in the Appalachian Kentucky coalfields.
Since the program’s launch in December, 2012, more than 150 H.O.M.E. enrollees are already pursuing training for new careers, including telecommunications, certified nursing assistant, paramedic, plumbing, HVAC, lineman, and welding, among many other fields.
H.O.M.E. has also seen nearly 100 enrolled miners go directly back to work in various job opportunities.
On March 4, EKCEP was awarded a $5.2 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to expand opportunities for H.O.M.E. enrollees and grow the initiative to its fullest extent.