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The Kentucky Coal Academy will host the following free mine retraining classes at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Harlan Campus, 164 Ball Park Road, in October: Annual Underground Retraining: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; Annual Mine Emergency Technician (MET) Retraining: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The Mine Safety and Health Association, an agency under the United States Department of Labor, officially announced their partnership with the Kentucky Coal Academy's Madisonville Community College Mine Rescue and Fire Brigade Training Program Friday, Sept. 18 at a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Kentucky Coal Academy Mine Rescue team member Taber Tichenor was recently named the 2015 National Mine Rescue Bench BioPak Champion after competing in the National Mining Association’s Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Competition, which was held Sept. 14-17 in Lexington.
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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.
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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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I am thankful for the Kentucky Coal Academy and everything that it has taught me and instilled within me.