WVNCC Holds Informational Sessions for Laid Off Coal Miners, Offer New Opportunities

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The recent coal mine layoffs that have effected so many people in the community have led to one local college reaching out to the workers to let them know what options are available. 

West Virginia Northern knows that there are plenty of people out there who have been personally impacted by these coal layoffs or have family or friends who have.

They want the community to know that they are here to help with any certification or retraining that needs to be done by the miners and they’re also showing what is available if they choose a different path, whether that’s in Petroleum Technology, Computer Information Technology, or even Culinary Arts. 

“A lot of them are potentially looking for new career changes and we want to provide them with the information of different type of programs and assistance that we can offer to them,” WVNCC Director of Economic & Workforce Development Karri Mulhern said.

Wednesday’s sessions covered everything from the classes they’re offering, the financial aid help and academic support services available and even a tour of the classrooms and work stations.

If the miners do decide to sign up for any classes, they’ll be in the classroom learning this fall.

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