Free mining industry training available to local youth

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – Local youth interested in a mining career now have the opportunity to receive free vocational training and job search assistance through a partnership between Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, and The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette Inc. (PIC)

The New Underground Miner Training Program will include 32 hours of underground miner training approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and 48 hours of emergency medical responder training. The first session of this 10-week program will begin Oct. 1 and will run through Dec. 12. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The program will help participants develop career-related skills and equip them with training that will enable them to more easily find high-paying jobs within local mines. This program is open to ages 18 to 21 in Westmoreland and Fayette counties who are eligible under the Workforce Investment Act.

Youth who complete the program will receive a certificate from Penn State and will obtain Pennsylvania certification as an Emergency Medical Responder. They will also receive counseling and job search assistance from PIC.

This program is funded through a grant from the Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Investment Board.

Registration for this course is now open and seating is limited. For more information, visit Continuing Education at www.fe.psu.edu or call 724-430-4211.

Last Updated September 18, 2013