Life after coal: State offers retraining grant

WYOMING – The State of Wyoming has been awarded up to $2 million to retrain workers impacted by layoffs in the coal industry. Those eligible can receive up to $6,500 toward the cost of a retraining program.

Governor Matt Mead and the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) worked with the Wyoming Workforce Development Council, local economic development groups, and other organizations to access the U.S. Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grant program funding. The grant can be used to assist those who worked directly for coal companies, or indirectly in manufacturing and transportation businesses associated with coal. Workers in Campbell, Converse, Crook, Johnson, Niobrara, Sheridan and Weston counties are eligible.

“Coal is important to Wyoming,” Mead said. “The coal industry and its employees are going through a tough time. We continue to do all we can to assist the workers that need help and training or new employment. I encourage anyone affected by the layoffs to visit the workforce centers for more information on this program.”

DWS director John Cox said, “This grant will provide extra support to enhance our efforts. We encourage all individuals facing layoffs, regardless of industry, to stop by a local workforce center to learn about the wide array of resources and assistance available to them.”

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