On August 29, Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) hosted the Lawrence County Career and Technical Education Program with a tour of the BSCTC coal careers program at the Hager Hill campus. Approximately 21 students and four faculty and staff representatives of the Lawrence County School System participated in the tour. The tour, led by Interim Director Dennis Mayo and Kentucky Coal Academy Director, Dr. William Higginbotham, provided students with an overview of the BSCTC Coal Academy Program.
“The BSCTC Coal Academy Program and simulators are the best, safest and most productive way to train for a career in the coal industry," said Dr. Higginbotham.
The Lawrence County School System is the only high school in Kentucky that offers a coal education program at the high school level. The Lawrence County School System, with its career and technical education programs, serves as an educational training ground for the coal industry through its Kentucky Junior Coal Academy. This extended early educational opportunity provides three career paths for students interested in the mining industry. These include:
Employment in Coal Mining industry directly after high school graduation.
Two-year degree in pre-engineering technician or associate degree in mining in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
Pre-Engineering (toward 4-year degree in Mining Engineering).
“Is this what you think about when you consider college," asked Cassandra Webb, district director of career-technical education at Lawrence County High School. Lawrence County student Morgan Mills responded, “There is a lot of work involved with the coal industry. I feel that the program is very interesting and the concept of safety first is an important aspect in any job."
For Information on the Big Sandy Community and Technical College Coal Academy, contact Dennis Mayo at the Hager Hill Campus, 150 Industrial Drive, Hager Hill, Kentucky 41222, 606-789-5690 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Junior Coal Academy at Lawrence County contact: Cassandra H. Webb, district director of Career-Technical Education, 100 Bulldog Lane, Louisa, KY 41230 (606) 638-4713, CHWebb@Lawrence.k12.ky.us.