HAZARD — Nearly 170 miners turned out to apply for jobs at Patriot Coal’s operations in Western Kentucky at the latest job fair hosted by Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) and the Kentucky Coal Association.
Clay Countian Leslie May was one of the miners who attended the event, held Feb. 5 at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight in Hazard.
Unfortunately, May was also one of the thousands of coal miners in Eastern Kentucky who have lost their jobs since 2012.
May said coal mining is not only a job he loves but also a “family tradition” for him. After he heard about the Patriot Coal job fair during a recent visit to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, then again through word of mouth, he decided to give it a try.
“I’d really like to get back into coal at some point,” May said, adding he is hopeful the Feb. 5 job fair is his first step toward returning to the industry.
The event marked the fourth H.O.M.E. job fair held in partnership with the Kentucky Coal Association. Counting this latest event, more than 500 miners have applied for jobs with Patriot Coal at four separate job fairs.
Patriot Coal expects to fill at least 40 positions for experienced underground miners and prep plant workers from this week’s job fair. More than 100 miners have already been hired by the company following the first three job fairs in Hazard, Pikeville and Harlan.
H.O.M.E.’s next job fair will be for the R.J. Corman Railroad Group on Feb. 26, also at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight, 412 Roy Campbell Drive in Hazard.
For more information on upcoming H.O.M.E. job fairs, contact EKCEP toll-free at 855-HOME-690 (855-466-3690); visit www.homeeky.com; or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ekcep.