September 26, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $1 Million For Job Training Programs in West Virginia

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,056,000 in National Dislocated Worker Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for the United Mineworkers of America (UMWA) Career Center through Workforce West Virginia to retrain workers affected by coal industry layoffs across West Virginia. Given the decline of the coal industry in West Virginia, which is a key sector of the economy, this investment will provide a much needed economic boost to West Virginia.

“Over the last few months, I’ve had multiple conversations with the Trump Administration expressing my support for the UMWA Career Center and the incredible program they operate to retrain coal miners for new jobs in growing career paths. Today, I am proud to see this funding announced for their program. With this funding, West Virginians will be able to further their knowledge and gain valuable experience to ensure that they are prepared for the next generation of American jobs. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I always support economic opportunities like this for our great state. I firmly believe that West Virginians are the most hardworking, dedicated workers out there and programs like this will help more of us get back to work” said Senator Manchin.

“It’s great to see the Department of Labor investing in displaced West Virginia coal miners. By retraining our workers, we’re making sure they have the skills they need for new jobs. This grant program has been a priority of mine on the Appropriations Committee, and I know it will make a difference for hundreds of families across the state,” said Senator Capito.