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Perry County native Jonathan Hurt was recently honored during Hazard Community & Technical College’s Going Pro Signing Day as he prepares to enter a career as a diesel technology professional.




Jonathan Hurt grew up in rural Perry County. During his childhood his father drove trucks across the country. Hurt always waited for him to return home.

“Yeah, my dad was a truck driver,” he said of his lifelong interest in diesel technology. “When he gets home after the trip, I’ll help him work on his truck.”

After graduating high school at the age of 16, Hurt knew she was ready to pursue her dreams. According to a statement from HCTC, he chose to complete Hazard Community and Technical College’s diesel technology program.

The program prepares students to analyze malfunctions, repair issues, maintain equipment and work on a variety of equipment, the statement said. Students receive instruction and experience in systems including diesel engines, fuel injection, onboard computers, transmissions, steering, suspension and brakes.

“I would highly recommend it. dylan [Blankenship] Takes his time and he cares about teaching you,” Hurt said. “I like the way he teaches.”

HCTC honored Hurt during the Going Pro Signing Day event at his employer, Western Branch Diesel, on April 12. The program was part of the college’s latest series recognizing students entering the workforce in critical sectors, including transportation and logistics.

Hurt, Justin Addison (who represented his employer), Blankenship, and HCTC President and CEO Dr. Jennifer Linden were in attendance. All four attended HCTC or community college.

“This program exemplifies our work to provide quality technical education and meet the workforce needs of our communities,” Linden said. “Throughout April and always, we will celebrate the hard work of our students.”

For more information about the Diesel Technology program, visit the Hazard Community & Technical College Diesel Technology webpage. Additionally, you can contact Dylan Blankenship, Diesel Technology Program Coordinator, by phone (606) 487-3329, or by email. dblankenship0032@kctcs.edu,


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