Students who are members of the Junior Coal Academy, which is operated in partnership with four colleges that are part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), begin exploring pathways to higher education during their junior year, and have an expressed interest in mining technology, engineering or a closely related field.

“It’s always exciting to give young students the opportunity to discover their potential, and our program and these scholarships do just that,” said Junior Coal Academy Coordinator Barney Judd. “Our graduates learn a variety of skills through our coursework and they can use these scholarships to continue higher education at one of our colleges in a variety of technical areas like automotive technology, carpentry, diesel mechanics, electricity, HVAC, information technology, mining, welding and more.”