RETRAINING FOR MINERS New Training Opportunities Available For Laid Off Miners
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 17, 2012 8:44 AM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Help is available to families hit hard by the blow to the coal mining industry.
WorkForce West Virginia is encouraging coal miners who were laid off after March 1 to take advantage of the new training opportunities.
Miners who received a federal work adjustment and retraining notification, or WARN notice, may be eligible thanks to a national emergency grant.
Miners and family members can train for in-demand jobs outside the coal industry such as advanced manufacturing diesel technology, a commercial driver’s license, welding technology and health care computer technology.
Eligible participants can get as much as $5,000 for classroom education. An informational session was scheduled Wednesday at Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery and another Thursday at New River Community and Technical College in Ghent. Both of the sessions were set from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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