POWER Grant Initiative

POWER Grant Initiative


The POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Grant Initiative is a national dislocated worker grant designed to help address the negative impact of the decline of the coal industry in the Southwest Virginia region. This region-wide effort brings together a number of agencies and partners that deal with both workforce and economic development specifically for laid-off coal industry workers. This includes underground and surface coal miners as well as non-miners in the coal business supply chain.

Free training is offered in the following areas:

**Advanced Manufacturing**

Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) MECC is offering classes in Welding, 3-D design, Information Readiness, Building Construction (Electrical Emphasis), Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Customer Care Representative, Construction, and Electricity.

Contact: Tommy Clements, Dean of Applied Science and Technology- Phone: (276)-523-7431 or E-mail:

The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing’s (SVAM) Centers of Excellence SVAM will offer competence testing and training opportunities for credentials in welding, machining, and industrial maintenance (mechatronics) associated with the American welding Society (AWS), the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), and Siemens (SMSCP). These credentials can provide dislocated workers with a pathway to success and career advancement in advanced manufacturing.

Contact: Stephanie Surrett, Center of Excellence Director- Phone: (276)-525-4755 or E-mail:

Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC). SWCC is offering training in Welding, Precision Machining, Industrial Maintenance (Mechatronics), Fundamentals for a Skilled Workforce, Machining & CNC Trainign, Industrial Maintenance Technician, Basic Manufacturing Skills, Outdoor Recreation, and Adventure Tourism.

Contact: Cardova Ratliff, Career Coach- Phone: (276)-964-7505 or E-mail:

**Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism**

Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) The Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation courses at SWCC allow one to earn nationally-recognized credentials in tourism and outdoor recreation. Courses also include entrepreneurial training designed to prepare graduates to establish a small business to support, and provide, tourism/recreational related products and services.

Contact: Cardova Ratliff, Career Coach- Phone: (276)-964-7505 or E-mail:

For more information, please contact:

Stephen Mullins, Regional POWER Grant Coordinator at (276)-883-5038 or by e-mail at


Candidates for this training must meet eligibility requirements under WIOA’s Dislocated Worker program and eligibility requirements under the POWER Grant. Under POWER, the term coal economy is used to refer to the complete supply chain of coal-reliant industries. This includes, but is not limited to: coal mining, coal-fired power plants, and related transportation, logistics, and supply chain manufacturing. A Workforce Development Specialist will be able to determine whether or not individuals meet the eligibility requirements for the POWER Grant.