Jesse Campbell showing students how to use mining equipment
Murrel Dixon
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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News & Events
Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions division and the Kentucky Coal Academy (KCA) have announced an innovative and accelerated training program that combines high-tech training for high-wage jobs. The new program will provide students industry leading credentials in lineman, fiber optics, commercial driver’s license (CDL) and OSHA. BSCTC’s fiber optics training program was the first in Kentucky to offer an Outside Plant Cabling certification, in addition to other certifications as a technician, specialist in testing/maintenance and splicing specialist.
Dr. Devin Stephenson, Big Sandy Community and Technical College president and Kentucky Coal Academy board chair, recently added a new title to his resume: Kentucky Coal Baron.
Members of Lone Mountain Processing, a division of Arch Coal, participated in a fire and mine rescue training at the Kentucky Coal Academy's Mine Training Facility at its Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College's Harlan Campus Friday, April 29.
Boy Scouts Mining in Society Badge 1
The Kentucky Coal Academy (KCA), along with Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC), recently participated in an event to help 47 Boy Scouts of America earn their Mining in Society Merit Badge. In order to earn the Mining in Society Merit Badge, scouts embarked on a trip through the Kentucky Coal Museum in Benham and the Portal 31 Mine Exhibition in Lynch, and attended educational sessions to learn about the history of coal and the mining industry, and more, in eastern Kentucky.
Sunrise Coal Company
The Kentucky Coal Academy (KCA) and Madisonville Community College (MCC) hosted a spring regional mine rescue skills contest April 7, where nine teams from coal companies in Kentucky and Indiana took to five competition field to test their skills in mine rescue, fire hose management, smoke training, first aid and preliminaries (written test, breathing apparatus and gas testing). 


Sunrise Coal, LLC, of Indiana, earned first place; and teams Excel and River View from Alliance Resource Partners, L.P., in Kentucky took second and third, respectively.

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