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SWCC REDI Center

SWCC REDI CENTER – RETRAINING ENERGY DISPLACED INDIVIDUALS

The Southwest Virginia Community College REDI Center assists displaced coal industry workers and their spouses impacted by layoffs and coal mine closures in the Southwest Virginia region receive FREE retraining and employment services. The major goal of this program is to equip these displaced workers with the critical skills they need to get back to work in a high-demand field, earning comparable wages to their previous employment, in the shortest time-frame possible.

REDi CENTERThe REDI Center also assists individuals who were once displaced from the mines or coal related industry, but have since returned to work.

Numerous training options are available to suit your needs. Whether you’re looking to earn a degree or certificate, or receive additional training and certifications to gain more stable employment or career advancement.

Fast-track training opportunities as well as short-term training for industry recognized credentials such as CDL, AWS (American Welding Society), and NIMS (National Institute for Metal-Working Skills) are available. Most program options can be completed in as little as 1-6 months.

Programs included, but not limited to:
Welding
Precision Machining
Mechatronics
Manufacturing Fabrication
Industrial Maintenance
HVAC
Electrical Installation
Advanced Manufacturing
EMT
Phlebotomy

Powering Economic Growth in the Nation’s Coal-Impacted Communities

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 received $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.

Contact Megan Jones at 276-964-7818 or megan.jones@sw.edu to see if you qualify and to register for classes.

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Explore just a few of our program options:

MECHATRONICS

PRECISION MACHINING

WELDING

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