EKU and Jackson Energy partner for workforce development


27th January, 2017



Kevin Loux




EKU and Jackson Energy partner for workforce development

RICHMOND, KY—Jackson Energy Cooperative will be hosting a student intern throughout 2017. The internship will be arranged through Eastern Kentucky University’s Liaison for Improving Networks & Connections, or LINC program.

The LINC program is an initiative of the EKU Corbin campus to support the work of businesses and nonprofit organizations within the university’s service region while providing students with valuable work experience.

“Jackson Energy believes students are the future of the workforce,” Jamie Gaddis, Director of Community and Economic Development at Jackson Energy, said. “We are committed to ensuring that students receive valuable training through partnerships like the one with EKU.”

Intern responsibilities for the partnership with Jackson Energy may include social media management, media relations, website design and maintenance, graphic design, interviewing, photography, research and other tasks as assigned. Students enrolled in one of the EKU Department of Communication programs are encouraged to apply.

“We believe students are a valuable asset to the community,” Jackson Energy CEO Carol Wright said. “We want to give them the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned without having to leave the region.”

“We are proud of our students and our partners for working together to enhance the region,” Melissa Newman, Director of the LINC program said.

The LINC program has proved beneficial for students as well as the organizations they work for. It has also strengthened relationships between the university and those organizations. Current and past clients include Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), The Promise Zone, East Kentucky Leadership Foundation, Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Harlan County Economic Development Board and The Lane Report.

Students interested in the LINC program should contact Melissa Newman at melissa.newman@eku.edu.