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September 30, 2022

Coal Communities Training Initiative (CCTI)

Coal Communities Training Initiative (CCTI)

The Center for Rural Development (The Center) received funding to provide assistance for retraining and re-employment services to displaced coal miners and those employed by other supporting coal industries. The goal of this initiative is to provide funding assistance for training that will lead coal impacted individuals to gainful employment in the thirteen eligible counties listed below.

Eligible Counties: Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, McCreary, Owsley, Perry, Pulaski, Rockcastle and Whitley.

Requirements to apply:

  1. Loss of employment of self or spouse in a coal supported industry within the last five years.
  2. Applicant must have lived/worked in one of the counties listed above.

CCTI would provide training in areas such as, but not limited to: medical coding, welding, fiber technology, manufacturing, commercial truck driver, lineman and other trade and certificate programs and occupations.

Eligible participants may receive training through The Center and a variety of training partners such as: the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Lake Cumberland CDL, American Home Inspectors Training Institute, Executrain, and the Career Development Center Truck Driving School.

The Center for Rural Development has the flexibility to adjust course selections and training providers to meet changing workforce demands.


Applications may be received by contacting The Center at 606-677-6000.

Applications will be submitted by email to The Center:

Coal Communities Training Initiative (CCTI)


Individuals receiving training assistance will be required to submit a post-training report to The Center and to report on employment gained as a result of the training and education received through CCTI.

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