11/1/2013 7:37 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - The state will give out $1.8 million in grant money to help retrain laid-off coal miners and their family members for other kinds of work.
WorkForce West Virginia administered the grant from the U.S. Department if Labor. It was originally limited to workers affected by mass layoffs, but eligibility requirements have changed. Now any miner displaced by a layoff or shutdown since March 1, 2012 is eligible.
Miners, their spouses, and other family members who still lived at home can get up to $5,000 per person for training in high-demand fields. Some participants are also eligible for $20 per day in allowances aimed at defraying the cost of gas, food, and child care.