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Why Choose Us?

TEK is comprised of a people centric passionate group who care about their communities and the businesses within them. We strive to bring opportunities together that benefit both the student and the business community within our region. With the mind set of being all about the people of our area TEK will continue to seek out the need of the employers in Eastern Kentucky and make every effort to provide the necessary training to interested individuals to fulfill the needs of the businesses here. 

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TEK offers industry developed training that includes hands on exercises in conjunction with classroom instruction. This means that no matter what career path you choose the curriculum that you will be studying was developed by a group of individuals who are experienced in that very trade.

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If you train at TEK you will have hands on training that gives you the confidence to take hold of the job and apply those skills from day to day with the knowledge gained from performance of the tasks during your time with TEK. 

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TEK courses are all fast-paced industry developed courses and are completed within a 12 month timeframe. 

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Obtaining a certification with TEK is accomplished with focused content delivered by certified industry instructors. Each course is comprised of only trade related content. 

Our Administration & Instructors

Meet our administration & instructors, seasoned professionals with a deep passion for teaching and years of industry experience. They are dedicated to guiding students through both the theoretical and practical aspects of their skilled trade journeys.

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Ernie Reynolds, our dedicated Electrical and Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Instructor, is a proud Marine Corps veteran from Floyd County, Eastern Kentucky. With a rich background encompassing 19 years in electrical work and 24 years as an Industrial Mechanic, Ernie's journey began in 1999 in the Marine Corps, specializing as an Aviation Hydraulic Mechanic. His transition to civilian work in 2004 led him to the coal mines, where he excelled as an electrician and later as a Foreman and Head Electrician until 2022. His extensive experience is complemented by dual certifications from the National Center for Construction Education and Research, embodying a commitment to both his craft and the education of new professionals in the field.

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Angie is an East Kentucky native living in Floyd County and has been in the human resources field for 14 years where she has worked to cultivate an innovative forward driven workforce. She believes that training is the foundation of success and investment in the youth of the local areas will drive continuity and growth for organizations as well as the communities in which we live & operate.

 

Angie has developed and implemented new approaches to on boarding as well as a state-of-the-art innovative approach to training for those in the skilled trades workforce which also allowed for the development of a training center and a partnership with local schools.

Angie holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Ashford University. A Bachelor Degree in Social Science also from Ashford University, a professional OSHA safety certification and is a master trainer with the National Center for Construction Education and Research as well as a certified instructor.

Angelina Reynolds
President, Founder/CEO
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Tim Fannin
Plumbing & Heavy Equipment

Timothy Fannin, our Plumbing and Heavy Equipment Operations Instructor, hails from Johnson County, Eastern Kentucky. He brings 33 years of plumbing expertise and 18 years in heavy equipment operation. A seasoned professional, Timothy obtained his journeyman's license in 1996 and his Master Plumber license in 2005. His certifications include Med Gas, backflow, and TRAC Piping Systems, alongside experience in industrial, residential, and commercial plumbing. He's also OSHA 10 certified and holds dual certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

Ernie Reynolds
Electrical & Industrial Mechanics

Our Board

TEK team members are an eclectic group of individuals with various backgrounds and different walks of life sharing one vision to make a change and bring hope to the students each and every day. 

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Gina Rose
Board Chair

Gina is an entrepreneur, whose business, Shirt Gallery LLC, is based in Floyd County, in East Kentucky, where she has lived and worked nearly her entire life. While growing her business, from its inception in 1984, she has developed a unique understanding of the potential of the region.

In 2016, following the passing of her husband, she founded the Kent Rose Foundation to continue their shared mission of inspiring and encouraging youth.

Gina believes in our area and maintains a civic minded approach in all of her endeavors.

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Samantha Johnson
Board Member

Samantha is a native of eastern Kentucky, returning home to the mountains in 2015 with the mission of creating, serving, and enriching.

 

Samantha is the Executive Director of Prestonsburg Tourism after previously serving as Artistic Director of Artists Collaborative Theatre.

 

Samantha serves on the Kentucky Travel Industry Association board and is President of the regional tourism initiative, Kentucky Appalachias.

 

It's been a true honor for her to witness the innovative Appalachian renaissance of eastern Kentucky.

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Jeni Meyer
Board Member

Jeni joined the Mountain Association in 2023 as a Lending Specialist. Jeni grew up in Martin, Kentucky and graduated from Thomas More University in Crestview Hills, Kentucky where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with minors in English, International Studies, and Nonprofit and Public Administration and will complete her M.B.A from The University of the Cumberlands in 2024. After graduating, Jeni worked in Business Correspondence with the IRS and several lending institutions. Jeni enjoys being outdoors, especially running, hiking, and camping.

 

Jeni is excited to be a part of TEK Center’s mission to create opportunities for individuals through sustainable career paths to strengthen the economy of eastern Kentucky one tradesman and tradeswoman at a time. 

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Jerry Fultz
Board Vice Chair

Jerry has served Floyd County, Kentucky as an educator and community leader for over 32 years. He has been involved with his hometown of Wayland, Ky in different capacities since 1984.

 

Jerry founded the Wayland Historical Society and the Mountain Sports Hall of Fame and has been the mayor of Wayland, Ky since 2010.

 

Jerry has dedicated his life to serving others in his community and has a strong record of mentoring youth and adults alike. His leadership has always been an integral part of the lives of those close to him.

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Cliff Latta
Advisory Board Member


Cliff is an Independent Consultant  born and raised in Eastern Kentucky.  His career as a Professional Civil Engineer leaned heavily towards the construction side but he has spent many years as a consulting engineer as well.

 

More recently, and in addition to his work as an engineer, Cliff has involved himself with both individuals and non-profit organizations in their pursuit of projects that share a common goal: The betterment of our region. Cliff has a passion for current day Appalachia and his experiences as a both a native and an engineer, helps to provide a unique perspective on many fronts.

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Trish Adams
Board Member

A lifelong resident of East Kentucky, Trish brings with her over 30 years of experience in broadcasting and marketing across the Appalachian region. Her extensive career also includes 10 years as a workforce development professional, serving a 23-county area in East Kentucky. With a deep understanding of the region's needs and challenges, Trish brings a wealth of knowledge to our team at TEK.

Having graduated from the Carl D. Perkins Area Vocational & Technical Center in Hindman, Kentucky, with a degree in business and clerical administration, Trish recognizes the vital role that skilled trades play in our communities. She shares our commitment to providing high-quality education and training opportunities to empower individuals in the skilled trades.

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