SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAUNCHES REDI CENTER TO POWER RETRAINING FOR DISPLACED MINERS
Southwest Virginia Community College has launched a REDI Center (Retraining Energy Displaced Individuals Center for Displaced Coal Miners). The REDI Center will assist laid off coal miners and dislocated supply chain workers impacted by the downturn in the coal energy sector to receive retraining and educational opportunities to prepare them for successful re-entry into the workforce.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has provided a $38.8 million investment to grow the economy in the nation’s coal-impacted communities. The SWCC REDI Center is part of this initiative.
SWCC will receive $1.4 million from ARC, including tuition scholarship funds, to assist these workers in retraining for high-wage, high-demand careers. In addition to ARC, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, and a private foundation partner, are all contributing to the funding of the REDI Center. Spouses of laid off miners may also be eligible for tuition scholarship assistance through this initiative.
“The Appalachian Regional Commission has invested significant funds to economic development in Southwest Virginia over the past 50 years,” said Phyllis Roberts, SWCC grants administrator. “We appreciate their continuing to support our coal-impacted communities with the POWER initiative.”
“SWCC has a proven track record of training and retraining the coal mining communities, which it serves. There are few families in this region who have not been effected by layoffs and mine closings,” said Dr. Barbara Fuller, vice president of academic and student services. She continued, “SWCC stands ready to assist individuals with a variety of programs, many of which offer credentialing leading to high-wage, high-demand jobs.”
The REDI Center is operating immediately. Interested individuals who believe they qualify for this assistance should contact SWCC at (276)964-7818.
For more information, you may complete this form and a REDI Center counselor will contact you.
The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. To learn more about ARC, visit www.arc.gov.
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth. To learn more about EDA, visit www.eda.gov.