Wolf Administration Announces New Advanced Manufacturing Training Opportunities

Wolf Administration Announces New Advanced Manufacturing Training Opportunities for Workers in Southwestern Pennsylvania

October 15, 2018

Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of a new $1 million grant to United Mine Workers of America Career Centers, Inc. (UMWACC) to support additional training opportunities at its training center currently undergoing extensive renovations and upgrades in Prosperity, Greene County. The training center will help train and build a competitive workforce in advanced manufacturing for coal-impacted communities in southwest Pennsylvania.

“Workers and their families in southwest Pennsylvania have seen their share of challenges, with many former coal workers seeking new jobs in manufacturing, but lacking the necessary job skills to do so,” Governor Wolf said. “UMWACC’s renovated training center is providing opportunities for those workers, and this new grant enables UMWACC to expand that training even further into the in-demand field of mechatronics.”

The grant will provide $1 million to UMWACC for the purchase of mechatronics training equipment for its new training center currently under renovation. When completed, the training center will focus on providing workforce development and re-employment opportunities for dislocated workers to get them the skills they need to land reliable, family-sustaining careers in advanced manufacturing and mechatronics. UMWACC is partnering with the Community College of Allegheny County to offer a 400-hour advanced manufacturing/mechatronics certificate program, and expects 40-60 students enrolling in the program in the first two years of the program.

The grant was provided through Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative launched in 2017 and administered through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Additionally, in January 2018, Governor Wolf announced a $3 million grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to UMWACC to assist with construction costs for the facility renovation.

“The $1 million grant from DCED represents a key component in facilitating our training programs here in Ruff Creek,” said Clemmy Allen, executive director of UMWACC. “The training equipment, primarily for our mechatronics training program, will help prepare residents of rural coal mining communities for employment in advanced manufacturing. Governor Wolf has previously provided a RACP grant to repurpose our training facility and this DCED grant will provide hands-on training equipment to help us train workers for jobs with a future.”

This grant to UMWACC builds on the governor’s other Manufacturing PA grants to promote manufacturing training programs in Pennsylvania, including grants to the Community College of Allegheny CountyGreater Reading Chamber AllianceJohnstown Area Regional IndustriesReading Area Community CollegeWorkforce Solutions of North Central Pennsylvania, the Precision Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturers Research Center, the Greater Johnstown Career & Technical Center, and Robert Morris University.

Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on TwitterLinkedInFacebook or YouTube.

Rough Creek Campus Upcoming Training

The UMWACC Inc. has released a list of upcoming trainings that will be available at our Ruff Creek Campus, in Prosperity, PA. Please visit the following link or contact us at 724-627-0988 for more information.

RCC Upcoming Training

UMWA Career Centers Inc., to Offer Retraining for Displaced Miners

“The UMWA Career Centers Inc., in Ruff Creek, established in 2006 to train new inexperienced miners, mine rescue teams, first responders and mine examiners, etc., is switching its focus and will now operate training programs for displaced miners and their families, helped largely by a $1.2 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).”

http://www.heraldstandard.com/gcm/news/local_news/umwa-career-centers-inc-to-offer-retraining-for-displaced-miners/article_440c1b11-97ff-5314-8125-b6eca7104e25.html

UMWA Career Center Gets Grant for Coal Miner Retraining

“UMWA Career Centers Inc., based in Ruff Creek, has received a $1.2 million grant from Appalachian Regional Commission through the federal Power initiative to help retrain displaced coal miners.”

http://www.observer-reporter.com/20170122/umwa_career_center_gets_grant_for_coal_miner_retraining

UMWACC Holds MTTC PA Regional Mine Rescue Skills Contest on April 19, 2016

On April 19, 2016 our facility hosted The MTTC PA Regional Mine Rescue Skills Contest. Pictured are the top 3 finishers. First Place was awarded to Enlow Fork Gold. Second Place was awarded to Enlow Fork Green and Cumberland RD took home the Third Place finish. A big thank you to all the teams that participated in this year’s event.

The UMWA Career Centers Inc. Now Has a Facebook Page for the National Dislocated Workers Grant-Coal

We would like to introduce you to our National Dislocated Workers Grant (NDWG)- Coal Page on Facebook.  Please join our page to find information on training opportunities and updates on policies concerning this grant.  Visit us online at www.facebook.com/umwacc.

Do You Qualify for the National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG)?

WV Coal Mining NDWG Eligibility must be determined by a WorkForce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Eligibility Staff Member.  You must complete each step in the following Eligibility Process.

  • Step 1:  Contact the Local One-Stop WorkForce WV Office closest to your residence and ask to speak with their WIOA Eligibility Staff Member to schedule your eligibility determination appointment.
  • Step 2:  During your eligibility determination the WIOA Staff Member will inform you if you meet WV Statewide Coal Mining NDWG Eligibility. Please note under some circumstances it may be necessary for the WIOA Staff to place your Coal Mining NDWG eligibility status as “Pending” for further verification from US Department of Labor and WorkForce WV.
  • Step 3:  Once your Coal NDWG eligibility status has been determined eligible, you will need to contact the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers, Inc. (UMWACC). We have offices located in Beckley, WV, phone number:  1- 877-SWV-UMWA and Prosperity, PA, phone number:  724-627-0988.  Case workers at either location will then be able to proceed with the process of registering you as a participant of the WV Statewide Coal Mining NDWG.

Training Available for Dislocated Coal Miners and Dependents

The United Mine Workers of America Career Centers, Inc., in partnership with WorkForce West Virginia and the US Department of Labor is providing those dislocated from the coal industry and their dependents the opportunity to obtain retraining in demand occupations.  This National Dislocated Workers Grant (NDWG) Training Program:

  • Will pay up to $5,000.00 for Training Cost.
  • Will pay $20.00 per day that you attend training up to 5 days a week.
  • You must be laid off (not terminated or quit) to be eligible and there are a few exceptions.
  • Your spouse or dependent child may be eligible for the same benefits.
  • This program does not affect Unemployment Benefits.
  • This program does not extend Unemployment Benefits.
  • Training must be on the WorkForce WV Provider List.
  • Each applicant to the program will be Interviewed, TABE Tested and Drug Tested.
  • Training must be completed by June 30, 2018.

A simple questionnaire must be completed by the interested applicant and signed by a counselor before the individual becomes a client of the UMWA Career Centers, Inc.  These forms are located on this site under the Services Tab in the Intake Process section.

WV Dislocated Coal Industry Workers

The UMWA Career Centers, Inc., in partnership with the State of West  Virginia, has received a National Emergency Grant to service many of those dislocated from the coal industry in West Virginia.  Interested individuals should contact the UMWA Career Centers, Inc. office at 304 253 3772 for more information.  Time is very limited so anyone interested should contact the UMWA Career Centers, Inc. immediately.