Hometown: Ft. Gay, WV
Josh, a native of Louisa, Ky., who was raised in Fort Gay, W.Va. endeavored to give back to his community through his work with Coalfield Development Corporation. When he drove through Wayne County and saw crumbling buildings that give the county a negative image, he believed his work in restoring structures and places was working to reverse this.
Coalfield's first QJI graduate, Josh found work in the private sector and currently lives in North Carolina.
Josh plans to later start his own construction business. Past negativity from others only pushes him to work harder in school and be the best he can be, in general. He is also the father of daughter Kylie, and his family further pushes him on his journey.
Personal mantra/motto – “Life is short, so enjoy it while you can.”
Hidden talent – Photographic memory
Hometown: Genoa, WV
Andy, a Mountwest Community and Technical College Technical Studies major and Genoa, W.Va., native likes to see the finished products of his woodworking and reconstruction — seeing what was once trash become usable again, seeing devices work, seeing them being put to use, and seeing all of his efforts come together. He says, “It’s a good feeling to look back and say, ‘Look at what I’ve done.’”
He was drawn to the construction and educational aspects that Coalfield had to offer and has found framing to be his favorite part of the job. Andy has also become well-known for his catch-phrases while at work, enough to garner the hash tag #andytweets on Coalfield’s Twitter page.
In January 2015, Andy graduated from QJI and is currently employed with Chandler's in Huntington where he is using his woodworking skills to create custom cabinets.
Andy is the father of two daughters — Jacklyn and Jayden — with wife Tosh .
Favorite thing about the Coalfields of WV – Family & friends
Hidden talent – The ability to balance items, which Andy does in his free time on site.
Hometown: Ft. Gay, WV
Bon, a Fort Gay native, is a 2013 graduate of Tolsia High School. He said he wanted to work for the CDC because he loves construction. Construction is a family tradition for him. His uncles worked in the trade, and he has helped them on various projects that include building a garage apartment. What Bon enjoys most about construction is “starting with nothing and turning it into something,” which Bon has had lots of practice with on construction and furniture-making projects.
Bon graduated from QJI in July 2015 and currently works for Ackenpucky in Huntington, WV, performing construction work.
In his spare time, Bon likes to ride motocross dirt bikes, hunt, and fish.
Personal mantra/motto – “Get it and get it done.”
Most interesting place you’ve visited – Mexico; everything is nice.
Hometown: Crum, WV
Ethan, a 2009 graduate of Tolsia High School, is a native of Crum, WV. Having an interest in furthering his education, Ethan was immediately drawn to the educational opportunities available through QJI. He also highly enjoys working on a construction site and seeing the end product of his hard work.
Ethan enjoys the small, tight-knit communities in the coalfields. He's the husband of Kassandra and the father of Hayley. They currently live in Dunlow, WV.
Favorite thing about the Coalfields of WV – It’s a small community.
Hidden talent – Metal working
Hometown: Dunlow, WV
Like many in the Coalfields, Dunlow native Jason feels that there are not as many chances for a better life in this area as there should be available. The 2011 Tolsia High School graduate feels that he may have found a great opportunity with Coalfield. Jason is very excited about earning an associate’s degree from Mountwest, as well as improving the construction skills he developed in Tolsia’s building construction program.
Jason enjoys watching television in his spare time—especially The Walking Dead and Duck Dynasty—as well as exercising.
Fun Facts: Favorite thing about the Coalfields of WV – Mountains
Hometown: Dunlow, WV
Dunlow native William loves learning. He hopes to learn a great deal while at Coalfield—both in the classroom at Mountwest and in the field on construction sites. The 2013 Wayne High School graduate looks forward to furthering his education and honing in his construction skills with each new project.
In his free time, William enjoys volunteering at his local fire department, where he has recently been made a Lieutenant.
Favorite movie quote – “This is Sparta!”
Most interesting place you’ve visited – Outer Banks