Meet Bobby McCool
For Bobby McCool, service has always been an important part of his life. Bobby has served as a United States Marine, coal miner, and teacher/administrator. Bobby has lived in eastern Kentucky with his family, wife Debbie and sons Jared and Caleb, for most of his life, currently resides in Van Lear of Johnson County. After his service as a marine, Bobby went to college and earned a degree in vocational education. He began teaching vocational skills to secondary and post-secondary students at Rockcastle County High School in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky. Bobby taught at Rockcastle County for three and a half years. During this time, Bobby also enlisted in the Air National Guard. After the birth of their children, Bobby and Debbie made the decision to move back to eastern Kentucky so their children could have a similar childhood as they had experienced.
Bobby got a job working at Mayo Technical College as a welding instructor. He enjoyed working with students at the high school and college level and teaching them a skill they could use to support their families. Bobby worked for Mayo for twenty-seven more years. He was on the original KCTCS Board of Regents when Mayo merged with Prestonsburg Community College to become Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Bobby worked as a Director of Mayo and as Vice President/Chief Institutional Officer during his time at BSCTC.
Bobby’s educational background includes the University of Kentucky Doctoral program in Leadership (ABD), Morehead State University (Masters), Eastern Kentucky University (Bachelors), and Florida State University (Post Graduate Certificate in Research). After spending the past 30 years in the field of education, Bobby is focused on restoring positive leadership and service to the 97th District (Johnson, Morgan, and Wolfe) with education, jobs, and community health as key issues in the campaign.
McCool states, “My background in education will enable me to bring renewed focus to education and bring workforce development in our area. Eastern Kentucky lags behind other areas of our state. We need someone in Frankfort that understands our area and is determined to put emphasis on education, jobs, and community. Our teachers should have the resources needed in the classroom so that businesses can have a trained and ready workforce upon graduation.”
“Securing small businesses and recruitment of new industries is essential for our communities. We must strategically develop a plan of action using a SWOT analyses; identifying our Strengths, understanding our Weakness, expanding our Opportunities, and exposing Threats. Within 90 days after being elected, I will work to see that each county has a strategic plan in place to empower recruitment of businesses. We must be ready to receive new businesses and industries in our area.”
“Our children deserve a brighter future and that promise comes through affordable education and dual credit from post-secondary institutions. We must invest and support our future through supporting our schools and higher education. We can and we will do better—our people deserve a brighter future.”
Personal Vision Statement:
My dream as State Representative would be to wake up every morning and ask the question, “what I can do to help our community today”.