Grant Approved to Help Former USEC Plant Workers
By West Kentucky Star Staff
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Representative Ed Whitfield announced Friday the U.S. Department of Labor has approved nearly $4.6 million for the West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board to assist dislocated workers and their families affected by the end of uranium enrichment activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, as well as workers in Madisonville.

“This grant will assist WKWIB in supporting displaced workers and their families who have been negatively impacted by the ceasing of uranium enrichment at the Department of Energy’s PGDP and to dislocated workers in the Madisonville area,” McConnell said. “I am proud to continue to support PGDP workers, even after the ceasing of enrichment. I am hopeful the employment services funded through this grant will help these Kentuckians develop marketable skills for new opportunities in the workforce—including cleanup operations at the facility—and to help contribute to Western Kentucky’s economy.”

“I am pleased to see this grant has been approved to help those who have been affected by the recent loss of jobs in Paducah and Madisonville,” said Whitfield. “Providing job retraining for these individuals is an important step for employment growth and economic development in the First District. I appreciate the DOL and the WKWIB’s continued assistance and look forward to working in the new Congress to create more economic opportunity in our area of Kentucky. ” 

The funding will help 875 workers from the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and 80 workers affected by the layoffs at GE Aviation in Madisonville.

Sheila Clark, West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board Director said regional partnerships, collaborating agencies, and the continuing supportive efforts of Senators McConnell and Rand Paul, along with Representative Whitfield, helped make awarding of the grant possible.

Displaced workers can use the “Career Solutions Community" by visiting its website:, or by calling 270-534-3914.

On the Net:

Career Solutions Community website

Published 01:55 PM, Friday Jan. 23, 2015
Updated 05:39 PM, Friday Jan. 23, 2015

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