Openings Remain for Mine Training Program

A few openings remain for the Marshall County Schools apprentice miner training program for graduating high school seniors in cooperation with the West Virginia University Mining Extension program.

The 80-hour course will provide training to allow the student to receive their apprentice mining card and be eligible to apply for positions in local underground mines.

This will be the third year that Marshall County Schools has offered this program, with more than 80 percent of its graduates during the past two years currently employed in the mining field.

Instruction will be provided by Steve Perkins and staff of the WVU Mine Extension Program. The instructors have been teaching for several years following more than 20 years working in underground mines. They will be assisted by faculty and staff of Marshall County Schools.

Classes will meet from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. June 16-30 (Monday through Friday) in the Agriculture Science Building at JMHS.

Students must be 2014 high school graduates of Cameron or John Marshall high schools and will be required to provide their own transportation and lunch.

To apply for the mine extension program, students must complete a brief application before June 2. The class will be limited to the first 25 applicants.

Students can obtain an application and further information can be obtained by calling the Marshall County School’s Adult Education Office at 304-843-4444 ext. 343 or by seeing their high school counselor or school principal.