Jesse Campbell retires from HCTC
Jesse Campbell, Coordinator of the Kentucky Coal Academy at Hazard Community and Technical College, is retiring after 15 years of service. Prior to joining HCTC, he was an underground coal miner, with his last job at Paramont Coal in Virginia.
Keila H. Miller, HCTC Director of Workforce Solutions, noted, “Over the years, Jesse has done an outstanding job of fostering positive relationships with our local mining industry. HCTC’s Kentucky Coal Academy’s success is due, in large part, to his knowledge within the industry, connections, and ability to offer the training and resources needed.”
Campbell worked in the mines until he was age 49. When he first joined HCTC, he was an instructor, teaching courses in hydraulics, basic electricity, and workplace principles.
“I wanted my students to know that knowledge is forever. No one can take it away from you, and it’s important to learn as much as you can.”
He is proud of the work accomplished at the Technical Campus. “Students are attracted to the programs because, after two years, they know a skill and can get a job, and that is what they want.”
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Eastern Kentucky University.
Campbell, age 64, and his wife, Cathy, live in Ulvah in Letcher County, but will be making their home in Danville and raising four-year-old grandchildren, who are twins.
“I will miss the people I work with,” Campbell said. “I have truly enjoyed going into the different classrooms through the years, and I have seen them improve.”