Nearly $1 million in federal POWER grant awards were awarded to the community of Colstrip to assist them with workforce planning and worker training. The funding comes at a time when Colstrip is going through a decline in coal-mining employment and must consider the long-term impacts in the region.
Recipients of the first round of POWER grant awards include Dawson Community College, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization, and Miles Community College.
The funding covers workforce training for Colstrip and other communities in Eastern Montana affected by layoffs related to change in the coal industry, including the Northern Cheyenne, Crow, and Sioux reservations. The dollars will go directly towards training over 1,100 workers in 23 eastern and southcentral Montana counties for new jobs in a diversified economy.