ARLINGTON, VA (WILX) -- Michigan Technological University in Houghton has been awarded a large grant to train and prepare miners.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) awarded $10,537,000 in funding to 47 states, the Navajo Nation, Guam, and Native Village of Barrow. These grants are to reduce mining accidents, injuries, and illnesses by supporting safety and health courses, along with other programs at the schools.
Michigan Tech will use the money to provide miners with training that is federally mandated.
The grants cover training and retraining of miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand, and gravel mining operations.
States had to apply for funding. Each grantee must tailor the program to the needs of its mines and miners, and provide technical assistance.
Michigan Tech received $249,257 from the grant.