CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is looking to dole out $1.8 million in grant money to help retrain laid-off coal miners and their family members for other kinds of work,
WorkForce West Virginia (http://bit.ly/u8bddo) is administering the U.S. Department of Labor grant.
It was originally limited to workers affected by mass layoffs, but eligibility requirements have changed.
Now any miner displaced by a layoff or shutdown since March 1, 2012, is eligible.
Miners, their spouses and other family members who still live at home can get up to $5,000 per person for training in high-demand fields such as health care, truck driving, welding, electrical engineering, HVAC repair, diesel technology and chemical processing.
Some participants are also eligible for $20 per day allowances aimed at defraying the cost of gas, food and child care.