About Us

Thank you for taking a moment to learn about our premier and innovative educational program for new faces in the mining industry and miners and coal companies seeking retraining opportunities.

Using the largest mine training simulator fleet in the world, along with our experienced instructors, the Kentucky Coal Academy provides state-of-the-art training in order to help individuals pursue their higher education goals. Our program offers certificates, an associate in applied science and job training for business and industry through programs at four colleges that are part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System: Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), Madisonville Community College (MCC) and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC).

We also take pride in providing career pathways for high school students through participation in our Junior Coal Academy, which operates at many high schools and area technology centers located within our four college service areas.

In addition, we have an outdoor Mine Emergency Response Academy and Fire Brigade program at MCC, which is also home to our national award-winning Mine Rescue Team. We also have an outdoor mock Mine Training Facility in Harlan through our program at SKCTC.

As the coal industry faces changes and the workforce matures, our open access, statewide training program continues to respond to the needs of our communities and has allowed us to train more than 109,000 new and incumbent miners since the Kentucky Coal Academy s inception in 2005. Our curriculum provides students and trainees with a diverse skill set, beneficial for use in a wide variety of mining, and other related, careers. We are proud and excited to continue providing our wonderful state with top-quality, highly skilled, tech-savvy, educated and safety-conscious workers.

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