Our state recently received close to two million dollars in grant money from the U.S. Department of Labor.
This is to help provide retraining and re-employment services to coal miners, and eligible family members impacted by layoffs and coal mine closures.
This financial assistance is aimed to provide new skills for long-term reemployment opportunities.
Workforce West Virginia is helping those displaced coal miners get back on their feet. The state received the grant from the federal government to help re-train laid off miners, and get them working again.
Originally, the U.S. Department of Labor authorized this national emergency grant only for those affected by mass layoffs where a warn notice was issued. But the eligibility requirements have recently changed to include companies with smaller layoffs, where a warn notice wasn’t issued.
Officials from workforce West Virginia say that training in several areas can only help maintain job stability, especially in today’s economy.
"Those jobs are projects to be disappearing, but those jobs will still most likely be here and people still have the opportunity for employment in that traditional industry." said Paul Schreffler, Vice President of the Workforce. Any miner laid off since march 1st, 2012 is eligible for the program.