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The MCC Mine Rescue Team’s competed at the Kentucky Mining Institute (KMI) 2015 Kentucky State Safety Competition, held Aug. 18-21, in Lexington. David Mackey and Greg Gates finished fourth and 16th out of 47 individuals, respectively, in the Pre-shift Competition; Mackey received the pre-shift travelling trophy for being the top Kentucky finisher. Taber Tichenor and Rob Boucher finished fifth and 35th out of 43 individuals, respectively, in the Bench Biopak 240R Competition. After day one and day two of the group Mine Rescue Competition, the MCC Team finished 24th overall.

UNDERGROUND MINE RETRAINING: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold a 16-Hour Underground Mine Retraining 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 27- 28 on its Pikeville campus (Room S230). The class is FREE. For more information, contact Martha Blair at (606) 788-2940 or Harlan Hammond at (606) 218-1228 or email

June 9 2015 SE Ill Mine Rescue Comp
Congratulations to our Madisonville Community College (MCC) Mine Rescue Team, who recently placed second in day one of the fourth annual Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) Mine Rescue Skills Competition, held June 9-10 in Harrisburg, Illinois.
Kentucky Coal Academy (KCA) Madisonville Community College (MCC) Mine Rescue Team Member David Mackey was recently awarded first and second place in the Western Kentucky Mining Insitute's (WKMI) 2015 Safety Days state and federal pre-shift examiner contest, respectively, held May 20 and 21 in Madisonville, Kentucky.
Jesse Campbell showing students how to use mining equipment
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Kentucky Coal Academy Coordinator Rick Caskey has been a mining instructor at Madisonville Community College for the past 17 years. Caskey said helping to rebuild the coal industry’s workforce with a new generation of efficient and safety-conscious miners was a challenging yet rewarding experience.
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The Kentucky Coal Academy offers AAS Degrees in Mining Technology as well as Certificate Programs.

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Tony Brown

We are lucky to have such a program as the Kentucky Coal Academy.