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DISLOCATED WORKER SERVICES
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INDIVIDUALS OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT AFTER FURTHERING THEIR EDUCATION OR RECEIVING SKILLS TRAINING
Because of changes to the coal-mining market, funding
was made available through
the (POWER) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce Economic Revitalization Grant to assist coal-mining employees that were displaced.
REAL VOICES: COMMUNITIES EXPERIENCE POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT Building community assets • Spurring business growth • Creating sustainable jobs
Dislocated Worker Services
Roop, Combs, and Powers
In May 2016, Kennametal, a coal-mining tool manufacturer in Chilhowie, Virginia, announced it would be closing its doors and 89 workers would lose their jobs. Because of changes to the coal-mining market, funding was made available through the (POWER) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce Economic Revitalization Grant to assist coal-mining employees that were displaced. Robert Roop, Paul Combs and Jimmy Powers were three of these employees.
They enrolled in People Incorporated’s Dislocated Worker services shortly after their layoff. They had only worked at Kennametal, so the challenge and obstacles with starting over were intimidating. People Incorporated partnered with Wytheville Community College for their Powerline Worker Program. Due to this partnership, all three attended the eight week training course that prepared them for the career  eld. In addition, Jimmy Powers completed an additional six weeks training to obtain a Commercial Drivers License.
During the  nal week of training, representatives from Pike Electric were there to observe and take notes on all the students’ progress. Individual interviews were conducted and the students were told Pike Electric would make a decision and contact them if a hire offer was forthcoming. After their June 2017 graduation, Robert, Paul, and Jimmy were offered employment with Pike Electric. They began their jobs on July 14th and “feel like a new adventure” has begun.
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