The Harlan County Economic Development Authority discussed an upcoming opportunity for laid-off miners during a recent meeting.
Authority Chairman Pete Cornett informed the panel the Center for Rural Development will be offering training for displaced miners, with an orientation event planned for May 4.
“We want to get more laid-off miners involved in their program,” said Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley. “A lot of people were misinformed that maybe they had to drive to Somerset for training, and that’s not the case. They can get training right here.”
Mosley said the event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Fiscal Court Conference Room at the Harlan County Courthouse.
“We’re excited about hosting this event,” Mosley said. “Hopefully a lot of laid-off coal miners that are still looking for work will take advantage of the opportunity.”
According to a press release from the Center for Rural Development, the program is open to displaced coal miners and former coal employees who have been adversely affected by the decline in the coal industry. The program is administered by The Center, a nonprofit organization based in Somerset, and made possible through a $500,000 private grant, which provides free workforce training and re-employment services for displaced coal miners and other qualified non-mining employees.
The release states an applicant must have worked in the grant coverage area to qualify for training. A “displaced coal miner” is defined as someone who has experienced a layoff and who has had continuous employment of at least one year in the coal mine industry within the last five years.
For more information on the Displaced Coal Miner Training program, contact Robyn Phillips at 606-677-6000 or visit [email protected]
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