Gray KY November 16, 2021 --KCEOC Community Action Partnership Inc. awarded a $750,000 grant through the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) program funds for economic development projects in 10 Eastern Kentucky Counties. The funds will be used to purchase a commercially-zoned building and property, located in western Knox County, near Corbin, Kentucky. KCEOC proposes to purchase the building and property and provide Commercial Drivers License and Diesel Mechanics training in conjunction with Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. The CDL training program will follow the curriculum developed by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and will provide both classroom instruction, and on-site driver training, as the 10 acre site allows for hands on instruction. The CDL will offer certifications needed for employment in the industry, and the Diesel Mechanics will offer an Associate’s Degree as well as a certification track, with different emphases.
"There is a high demand for Commercial Drivers and Diesel Mechanics throughout the country” said Paul Dole, President/CEO of KCEOC. “KCEOC Community Action Partnership is determined to assist our region with obtaining the skills and credentials necessary to see our people fill these critical positions. Opportunities afforded to us by the AMLER Award and our continued partnership with Southeast KCTCS cannot be understated. This is a time of action for our entire community!”
Collaboration between community action partnerships, educational institutions, local, state and federal government is leading the way to increased educational and economic pathways out of poverty.
“We are grateful to Senator McConnell, Congressman Rogers, and Governor Beshear for their leadership and for advocating for the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program funds for economic development,” said Southeast President Vic Adams. “This gift of $750,000—and our affiliation with KCEOC Community Action Partnership—will allow us to offer diesel technology programming and CDL licensing throughout Knox County and the Southeastern Kentucky region, offering new opportunities in a high-demand field.”