KY Coal Academy announces partnership with CEDAR, Inc.

Jul 17, 2017

Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky Coal Academy

Contact: Greg Hiles,, (859) 256-3469


KY Coal Academy announces partnership with CEDAR, Inc.

Versailles, Ky. – The Kentucky Coal Academy is pleased to announce a partnership with CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resource), Inc., to develop, promote and deliver unique opportunities for the citizens of the coalfields of eastern Kentucky.

“CEDAR’s strong dedication to K-12 students is one of the reasons this will be terrific partnership for the Kentucky Coal Academy,” said KCA Executive Director Gary Whisman. “Students in the twelve county CEDAR program (Breathitt, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Perry and Pike counties) will be able to take advantage of the curriculum CEDAR offers, which teach transferable skills that can be used in a variety of trades.”

These opportunities include:

·        The Coal Study Unit program, providing teachers the opportunity to use their skills in creating, developing and implementing lesson plans about coal in their classroom,  in one or more of seven core content areas of: science; math; English/literature; art; music; technology/multi-media; and/or social studies.

·        The CEDAR Coal Fair, providing students the opportunity to investigate certain aspects of coal and apply their findings to showcase their talent and knowledge by creating a coal project and entering it in one of the seven core contents.

·        The Mars Invasion 2030 program, a classroom curriculum and interactive learning opportunity challenging fourth grade students to imagine the task of being the first humans to colonize Mars.

“In addition to the previously mentioned opportunities, CEDAR is also happy to partner with the Kentucky Coal Academy to enable its eastern Kentucky programs at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Hazard Community and Technical College and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College to implement an Entrepreneurial Coal Lands Redevelopment program,” said CEDAR, Inc, President and Executive Director John Justice. “This program will engage high school students to identify either an abandoned or reclaimed mine site; idled industry infrastructure or asset; then, through investigation and research, propose a new use and business model.”

These projects aim to provide solutions to employment opportunities through a business enterprise, as well as adding value to the quality of life for the residents of the area, and to explore possible new uses for coal, building businesses to bring to market new processes or products to provide employment opportunities, especially for unemployed coal miners.

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Since 2005, the Kentucky Coal Academy is proud to have been providing state-of-the-art training to more than 109,000 new and incumbent miners through its programs at four colleges that are part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Using the largest mine training simulator fleet in the world, the Kentucky Coal Academy offers certificates, an associate in applied science, customized job training for business and industry and career pathways for high school students.

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