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Governor: Grant for assisting unemployed coal workers extended

Spring Creek Mine is seen in publicity photos from Could Peak Energy’s website. The mine, on the northern border of Wyoming and Montana, was recently sold to the Navajo Transitional Energy Company in a bankruptcy sale. (Cloud Peak Energy)

CASPER, Wyo. – Financial assistance to coal industry workers who have been left jobless after mine closures has been extended.

According to a release from Governor Mark Gordon’s office, access to the $1.7 million of the original grant funding was scheduled to cut off by September 30.

It has now been extended through June, 2021.

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The funding is the result of a grant extension through the U.S. Department of Labor, which was applied for by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. The DWS will be able to assist jobless coal industry workers with workplace planning, training and supportive services.

The release says coal industry workers who have lost their jobs through mine closures are eligible for tuition assistance to prepare for new careers, as well as other services through the POWER Grant (Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce Economic Revitalization).

The POWER Grant was first awarded to Wyoming in 2017 after layoffs the previous year. The grant is intended to support economic diversification for communities impacted by coal’s downturn.

Individuals interested can call 307-777-8650, or visit one of the 20 DWS local workforce centers throughout the state. A complete listing of centers can be found at www.wyomingworkforce.org.