Nearly $2M awarded to help Virginia workers affected by coal mining industry layoffs rejoin workforce
Nearly $2M awarded to help Virginia workers affected by coal mining industry layoffs rejoin workforceWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded POWER Initiative National Dislocated Worker Grant funding of $1,965,730 to the Virginia Community College System to help provide reemployment services required by coal industry workers to prepare for positions in emerging and growing fields.
The department previously announced the availability of up to $20 million in these National Dislocated Worker Grants as part of the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative. The initiative is a coordinated effort among 10 federal agencies that makes integrated investments in communities and workers hurt by changes in the coal economy, where job losses in recent years have continued a decades-long trend.
The funds will serve approximately 210 workers affected by layoffs from Alpha Natural Resources, based in Bristol, Virginia. They will provide affected wo..