Dislocated miners can acquire grants
Some dislocated miners and family members affected by a coal mining layoff may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 for classroom training in a high-demand occupation.
To qualify, coal miners and family members must have been affected by a layoff after March 1 that was covered by a notice issued under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, act.
This includes workers at Long Branch Energy, Pine Ridge Coal, Alpha Natural Resources/Black Castle Mining, Alpha Natural Resources/Progress Coal Co., Alpha Natural Resources/Marfork Coal Co., Hobet Mining LLC, ICG Eastern, LLC/Arch Coal, Fola Coal Co., Little Eagle Coal Co., and Patriot Coal/Mountain Edge Mining.
WorkForce West Virginia will provide information about the grant opportunities this week at informational sessions in Logan, Montgomery and Ghent.
The Logan session will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The Montgomery session will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bridgemont Community and Technical College. The Ghent session will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at New River Community and Technical College.
Information also is available by calling the United Mine Workers of America Career Center in Beckley at 304 253-3772 or 1 877 798-8692. In addition, information is posted online at www.wvcommerce.org/business/workforcewv/public_notices/miner-training/default.aspx
Dealers may supply CNG trucks to state
Chrysler Group announced that two of its dealers in West Virginia have landed contracts to supply the state with Ram 2500 Heavy Duty pickup trucks powered with compressed natural gas or CNG.
Stephens Auto Center of Danville and Greenbrier Motors of Lewisburg are among 13 Ram truck dealers to win contracts to supply CNG-powered trucks to a total of 19 states.
West Virginia Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown said, "The state of Oklahoma led the charge for a multi-state solicitation and resulting contract award for compressed natural gas vehicles. There is not a specified number of vehicles that must be purchased from this contract. The contract period is from Oct. 5, 2012, through Oct. 4, 2013, and may be used as needed.
"Prior to any orders being issued against this contract, agreements may need to be finalized, for which the Purchasing Division is currently reviewing," Holley-Brown said.
Training center plans open house
There will be an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Regulatory Training Center in South Charleston at 1 p.m. Oct. 26, said Bev Jarrett, the Kanawha County school system's safety director.
The center conducts safety training for industrial workers and school system employees. It is on the site of the former Edison Elementary School, 120 Third Ave.
Visitors bureau seeks volunteers
The Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau is recruiting volunteers to serve as ambassadors for the city.
Ambassadors will perform duties aimed at enhancing visitors' experiences in Charleston, such as staffing a welcome table at the airport during large conventions or assisting with visitors bureau events.
Alisa Bailey, the visitors bureau's chief executive officer, said, "Our ambassadors roll out the welcome mat and show visitors the best Charleston has to offer - its friendly people. By enhancing the visitors' experience we ensure that they will come back to Charleston again and again."
Interested individuals may get more information and enroll in the program at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the East End Family Resource Center at Roosevelt, 502 Ruffner Ave. More information also is available by calling Matthew Austin at the visitors bureau, 304-344-5075.