A new mine training program at Hazard Community and Technical College will soon be available for its students.
The program doesn't start until the fall, but the school is already preparing with new state of the art equipment.
The Hazard Community and Technical College is out to fill the void of retiring miners with a new mine training program.
Not only the knowledge, but the skills needed in today's industry.
Jesse Campbell is the Coordinator for the Coal Academy and says there's currently a lack of skilled workers.
“They lack the training to really be top of the line, troubleshooters, which is what the mining industry needs,” Campbell said.
John Back says he's more than ready to teach the course and put all of the equipment to good use, “Very excited. It's going to be a state of the art program and we're really looking forward to it.”
So do the coal companies that will benefit from a new league of experienced workers.
Scholarships are available for students interested in the program, which has a limited number of slots.