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Experienced underground miners looking for work will have three opportunities to restart their careers in the Illinois Basin during a series of job fairs scheduled for May 27-29 in Pikeville, Harlan, and Hazard.


Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) and the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA) will host the events for White Oak Resources from McLeansboro, Illinois, beginning at 10 a.m. at the following locations:


• May 27 – Hampton Inn, 831 Hambley Blvd., Pikeville, KY


• May 28 – Harlan Center, 201 S. Main Street, Harlan, KY


• May 29 – Kentucky Career Center JobSight, 412 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard, KY


Officials with White Oak Resources will be on hand to accept résumés and applications for underground mining jobs available in the McLeansboro area.


The company is seeking experienced miners for the following positions:


• Longwall sheer operator


• Longwall shield operator


• Longwall head/tail gate operator


• Longwall maintenance/electrician


• Longwall production foreman


• Longwall maintenance foreman


• Miner operator


• Roofbolt operator


• Maintenance electrician/mechanic


• Production foreman


• Maintenance foreman


Applicants will be screened and interviewed, and should bring a valid driver’s license along with copies of their résumé and all mining certifications.


H.O.M.E. is an initiative of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) in conjunction with the Kentucky Career Center JobSight network. EKCEP provides federally funded jobseeker and employer services in 23 counties in the Appalachian Kentucky coalfields.


H.O.M.E. helps out-of-work miners discover their skills, determine new career options, covers costs for them to enter classroom training, and helps place them into subsidized on-the-job training positions with area employers.


The program is also creating partnerships with employers and organizations across Kentucky and other states to help miners find and land jobs that allow them to sustain their standard of living and continue to use their skills. In these cases, H.O.M.E. can also provide limited relocation assistance to miners who accept out-of-area job opportunities.


The program is funded through a $5.2 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.


To date, nearly 2,000 former coal miners and their spouses have enrolled in H.O.M.E. to seek assistance. Of that total, H.O.M.E. has helped more than 600 miners enter classroom or on-the-job training and work internships, and helped nearly 900 others already find new jobs.


For more information on the White Oak Resources job fair, contact EKCEP toll-free at 1-855-HOME-690 (1-855-466-3690). Also visit us online at www.homeeky.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ekcep.


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