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Retraining available for jobless miners


Hundreds of coal miners are expected to lose their jobs in West Virginia this month. The federal government announced yesterday that the State was given a nearly two million dollar emergency grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The federal dollars will provide retraining and reemployment services to dislocated coal miners and their families.

Patriot Coal and Alpha Natural Resources  have made announcements of layoffs that are expected to leave hundreds of West Virginia miners without jobs this month. Those miners and their family members would likely qualify for up to $5,000 in funds for classroom occupational skills training. The funds are available for those dislocated from a West Virginia coal company after March 1, 2012.

Workforce West Virginia is administrating the grant that is also available to spouses and even dependents living at  home. The money will help pay for occupational skills training in high-demand fields such as health-related occupations, commercial truck driving, welding, electrical engineering, HVAC repair, diesel technology and chemical processing.

Additional money is available to help cover costs like gas, food, child care, and other things that come with going back to school.

Funds are offered for not only workers that received WARN Notices, but employees at smaller companies as well.

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