HARRISBURG, Pa., March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Labor and Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway today announced that the department has received a $5 million National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to serve the workers affected by the Sunoco, Inc. and ConocoPhillips refinery closings.
"Governor Corbett has been very active working to provide assistance to the individuals affected by the closing of the ConocoPhillips and Sunoco refineries," Hearthway said. "These funds will help connect affected workers with the training and resources they need to return to the workforce, and the Department of Labor and Industry will provide employment services and assistance to help them return as quickly as possible."
The grant will allow the department to establish a permanent transition center serving the affected workers. Services at the transition center will include workshops, presentations and training on job search and interview skills, resume writing and critiquing, labor market information, veterans' benefits and services, GED classes, basic computer usage, and short-term training opportunities for local, high-demand occupational fields.
The Delaware County Office of Employment and Training will be the project operator. The grant will cover Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
Media contact: Christopher Manlove, 717-787-7530
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry