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Published on : Jun 11, 2014

WorkForce West Virginia and the United Mine Workers of America have co-operated a partnership for all unemployed coal miners, coal industry workers or family impacted by a layoff after March 1, 2012. This is for a new class at Chief Logan State Park June 18 from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

This is in association to provide retraining and reemployment services to dislocated coal miners and displaced homemakers who are impacted by coal mine closures and mass layoffs. The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded an amount worth $7.4 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) to WorkForce West Virginia to cater the above. This movement is a practical help grant that will aid the participants to find new career paths besides their coal mining industry and long-term reemployment opportunities.

There are many displaced homemakers who provide unpaid services to family members at home. Many others have been dependent on the income of another family member but are no longer supported by that income. Or in some situations there may be a spouse or another member of the family living in the home needed to be supported. 

Nevertheless, whatever is the case; only the eligible will obtain training for an in-demand job beside the coal mining industry. This may include assistance with costs associated with training. 

The eligible participants are going to receive up to $5,000 per year for classroom training in any one of the high-demand sectors such as: welding, electrical engineering, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), diesel technology, HVAC, and chemical processing. In addition, the participants who shall meet the training program attendance prerequisites will have their training allowances covered by gas, child care, food, at the rate of $20 per day for all the days attending class up to $100 per week. 

Eligible candidates can contact the local WorkForce West Virginia office for this program.