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Wyoming coal miners who have been laid off may be eligible to receive money for retraining.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently approved a grant for up to $2 million to retrain laid off coal workers in seven counties.

"The funds will serve Campbell, Converse, Crook, Johnson, Niobrara, Sheridan and Weston counties," said Hayley McKee with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

"If there's any other individual who has been impacted by layoffs we highly encourage that they stop by one of our 20 workforce centers in the state and take a look at some of the resources that are available to them," she added.

McKee says the federal grant is intended to help around 140 displaced coal workers.

"These individuals can come into our workforce centers and start the eligibility process to see if they qualify," said McKee. "They could essentially secure up to $6,500
per person to go towards training in the industry of their choice."

McKee says the layoff of some 465 coal miners on March 31 prompted the Department of Workforce Services to apply for the federal grant.

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