Job Training

Beginning Labor Day, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will air brief segments focused on helping West Virginians learn about job training opportunities that pay livable wages for high-demand jobs.

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Despite a recent drop in West Virginia’s unemployment rate, many of the state’s industries continue to see a decline in jobs. One company is using federal grant money to help improve the lives of those who have found themselves out of work in the southwestern part of the state.

Brian Spence is from Wayne, West Virginia. He’s one of many people who were laid off from the Rockspring mine in May He said it was time to find something else. 

  West Virginia is receiving more than $6 million in federal funds for job training programs for laid-off workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding more than $154.7 million nationwide through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program.

Officials say the funds will be used to train workers who lost a job through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries.