HAZARD — The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $11 million to a Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program in Hazard to yield training and practice services for about 1,450 laid-off spark miners in eastern Kentucky.
“This endowment will safeguard that a former miners will have entrance to a assistance they need during a vicious time in their lives,” pronounced U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-5th.
“EKCEP has worked diligently to assistance a laid-off spark miners and their spouses get a training, preparation and certifications they need to build their resumes and find new practice that will support their families.”
During a final 3 years, some-more than 8,000 spark miners have been laid off in Kentucky’s Appalachian Region.
During that same time, EKCEP assisted 3,218 dislocated spark miners and their spouses by a Hiring Our Miners Every Day program, that was grown with a National Emergency Grant from a DOL Employment and Training Administration.
The new extend will continue those services, bringing sum supports for this plan to scarcely $22.5 million.
“The need to continue services for a laid-off miners and their spouses stays high. These additional supports will capacitate EKCEP and a village partners to say services to support these group and women enter new training, rise new skills, and enter new career paths,” pronounced Jeff Whitehead, executive executive of EKCEP.
EKCEP’s programs work in unison with a goal of Shaping Our Appalachian Region, assisting launch a series of mercantile farrago and work-force growth opportunities in eastern Kentucky.
Together, they have upheld new projects and high-tech businesses in a region, including Interapt, BitSource, Teleworks USA and a eKY Advanced Manufacturing Institute.