Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Beginning May 16, a new miner orientation program will be offered at the Marion County Technical Center in Farmington.

This 72-hour course is being presented by Fairmont State Community & Technical College, in partnership with the West Virginia University Mining Extension Service. Tuition is free, and books will be furnished. A $10 fee is required for the final examination on the last day of class.

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday evenings, from 5 to 9 p.m. from May 16 through June 15. Attendance is mandatory as required by state law. Participants are asked to bring a pencil and notebook to the first class.

The course is designed to prepare students for the certification exam that will enable them to become entry-level underground coal miners. Students will be exposed to a general orientation in mining, mining health and safety, mine gases and ventilation, roof and ribs, haulage, emergency response, accident prevention and hazard recognition and miner and operator rights and responsibilities. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

For more information, call the Center for Workforce Education at Fairmont State at (304) 367-4920. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.