Class of Coal Academy Students standing in front of the Mobile Training Unit.

Madisonville Community College

The Kentucky Coal Academy at Madisonville Community College has trained over 18,000 coal miners, 846 of which are new miners and 17,487 incumbent. MCC’s Kentucky Coal Academy features a Mine Emergency Response Academy (MERA) as well as a Fire Brigade Program. The Kentucky Coal Academy’s mine rescue team is also based out of Madisonville Community College. KCA’s famed 5DT Simulator Fleet is available at the college.

PRAISE FOR MADISONVILLE

“A training facility like MERA will go a long way in making miners more prepared if a disaster like a mine fire erupts. This is another state-of-the-art tool that Madisonville Community College offers through the Kentucky Coal Academy to make mines safer; another in many top-notch training services for the coal industry.”

- State Senator Jerry Rhoads

Located in Western Kentucky’s coal fields, Madisonville Community College (MCC) offers excellent training opportunities for those interested in obtaining employment in the mining industry. Kentucky Coal Academy staff and instructors working at MCC also have good relations with Western Kentucky’s mining operations and are familiar with the skills needed to secure well-paying jobs. Coal operations in Western Kentucky are thriving with 97.4 percent of the region’s coal going to the state’s, as well as the nation’s, power plants.

Madisonville Community College is one of the fastest growing community colleges and was named as one of the nation’s top 10% community colleges by The Aspen Institute. MCC’s mission is to offer Associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in a variety of academic programs as well as transfer degrees for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Technical training and professional development services for business and industry are of the utmost importance to the college as students strive to secure vocational jobs within the workforce.

Madisonville Community College maintains three campuses and several auxiliary locations to service its communities. They include the North Campus, the Health Sciences Campus, Muhlenberg Campus, and the ACE2 and Assessment Center Location. The North Campus is MCC’s primary campus location and is also home to the new Brown Badgett, Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center where the Kentucky Coal Academy is located. The technical learning classrooms in the Brown Badgett, Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center are state-of-the-art and include the most modern training equipment for Kentucky Coal Academy students. Million-dollar mine simulators allow academy students to obtain a “hands-on-approach” to learning and also gives them advanced skills when starting their new jobs in the mining industry.

Madisonville Community College is committed to providing an array of classes designed to improve education and workforce skills, as well as to add pleasure of life. No matter if you are in the academic or vocational field while attending MCC, it is the college’s goal to produce educated, well-rounded, and serviceable members of the community. MCC’s target audience is you – individuals encompassing all ages, education levels, professions and interests. From vocational training, such as mining, to the fine arts, Madisonville Community College offers something for everybody.

Kentucky Coal Academy Coordinators
Madisonville Community College

Mike Davenport, Director
2000 College Drive
Madisonville, Ky 42431
(270) 824-8661 (office)
(270) 871-8975 (cell)
(270) 824-1873 (fax)
mike.davenport@kctcs.edu

Danny Knott, Mine Rescue Director
MERA, 150 School Avenue
Madisonville, Ky 42431
(270) 824-1774 (office)
(270) 871-0672 (cell)
(270) 824-1870 (fax)
DKNOTT0001@kctcs.edu

Rick Caskey, Mine Fire Brigade
MERA, 150 School Avenue
Madisonville, Ky 42431
(270) 824-1732 (office)
(270) 871-2633 (cell)
(270) 824-1870 (fax)
rickd.caskey@kctcs.edu

Tom Hughes, Mine Technology Program
2000 College Drive
Madisonville, Ky 42431
(270) 824-1996 (office)
(270) 824-1871 (fax)
thomas.hughes@kctcs.edu

Randy Wolfe, Instructor
2000 College Drive
Madisonville, Ky 42431
(270) 824-1783 (office)
(270) 871-8457 (cell)
(270) 824-1870 (fax)
randy.wolfe@kctcs.edu

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