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Experienced miners seeking job opportunities will have the chance to apply and be interviewed for underground mining jobs with Patriot Coal’s Highland Mine in western Kentucky at an upcoming job fair in Harlan.

Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) and the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA) will host the job fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Harlan Center.

“Patriot officials will be on hand to accept resumes from miners and discuss underground mining job opportunities available at their Highland Mine in western Kentucky,” said Michael Cornett, EKCEP director of expansion and public relations. “The company is seeking only skilled ‘black hat’ underground miners through the job fair.”

Cornett said all applicants should bring copies of their resume and mine certifications.

“H.O.M.E. is a service of Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) in conjunction with the Kentucky Career Center JobSight network. EKCEP provides federally funded job-seeker and employer services in 23 counties in the Appalachian Kentucky coalfields,” said Cornett. “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.”

Cornett also added the program is 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,” said Cornett. “We know that the economy for the coal industry in eastern Kentucky is tough right now, but hiring our miners every day is doing everything we can to work with coal companies all over the state and other states to bring about opportunities for these miners to continue to work and earn a good wage and do what they want to do.”

For more information on the Harlan Patriot Coal Job Fair, you may contact EKCEP toll-free at 1-855-HOME-690 (1-855-466-3690) or visit them online at www.homeeky.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ekcep.

Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, nsizemore@civitasmedia.com

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