Workforce Retraining Initiative-New Start for Dislocated Coal Industry Workers

Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics Lab is open at the Ruff Creek Campus. 

Classes will be forming soon.  If interested, please contact our office at 724 627 0988.

Incumbent Worker Training is also available at the Ruff Creek campus using the State of the Art Mechatronics Lab and Classroom.

Mechatronics Lab and Classroom Made possible through various funding streams including:  US Economic Development Administration; Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project; Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Community Foundation of Fayette County/Chevron Community Fund


“The UMWA Career Centers Inc. has received a Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization “POWER” grant through the Appalachia Regional Commission (ARC).”  The POWER grant is a multi-agency initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production. The ARC is one participating partner as well as the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and 8 other agencies.  The mission of the POWER Initiative is to …“support efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment.”  This opportunity began the process of repurposing the Ruff Creek facility to prepare dislocated miners and their families to work in the high demand occupations in their area.

The program will provide training opportunities for miners, their families and those residing in rural coal mining communities of Appalachia.  Initial programs offered will be CDL, Cybersecurity, and Advanced Manufacturing.

The Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics Program will be offered at the Ruff Creek campus.  Classes are forming for the Fall 2020.

The Commercial Driver’s License will be conducted by PIA Jump Start program.  They will be setting up a satellite office in Ruff Creek to provide training to our service area.  They will bring trucks and equipment, instructors and actually provide the training on the Ruff Creek site on the soon to be constructed driving range.  It is expected to begin the first class of CDL students this Fall 2020.

The final initial training program is Cybersecurity. We are still working with the training provider and completing the renovations, it is anticipated that service will be available at Ruff Creek in early 2021.