- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia’s community colleges are getting nearly $2 million from the federal government to aid coal mining workers who lost their jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor says the grant for the Virginia Community College System will help about 210 workers in southwestern Virginia who were laid off from Bristol-based Alpha Natural Resources. They’ll receive career services and training to prepare them for positions in manufacturing, tourism and outdoor recreation industries.

The grant is being made available through the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative, which focuses on community that have been impacted by the decline of the coal industry.

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