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    Solar job training in coal country

    Coal mines used to be one of the largest employers in West Virginia. But as other, cheaper sources of energy replace coal, jobs in the industry have declined. Now young people in the state need a new career plan.

    Dennison: “What we are essentially trying to do is rebuild the Appalachian economy from the ground up.”

    That’s Brandon Dennison, CEO of the Coalfield Development Corporation. The not-for-profit provides unemployed West Virginians with job training, education and placement in a variety of fields. For example, sustainable building and agriculture.

    The job training program started small, with only three people in 2012. Since then, the program’s 18 graduates have all been placed in permanent jobs. Now it has almost 40 enrolled.


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