Lineman training in Hazard offers fresh start for laid off miners

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - More than a dozen men are celebrating a fresh start following a graduation ceremony on Friday.

Several folks graduated from Hazard Community and Technical College's lineman training program. It is funded almost entirely by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program or EKCEP. One graduate, Anthony Bowling, who was laid off from the coal mines in 2012, tells WYMT he is hopeful for the future.

"It fits well with displaced coal miners and it gives them an opportunity and a career to where they will have stable, full-time employment and hopefully no more layoffs," said Bowling.

Several graduates already have jobs lined up. The program is ten and a half weeks long with classes six days a week.


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