ERLANGER, KY (FOX19) - Governor Steve Beshear announced that Kentucky will receive a nearly $3 million National Emergency Grant to assist workers affected by the closure of Comair in Erlanger.
The majority of funds, administered through the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, will be used for training and education, which can include college, certifications and other credentials.
The training and education will be targeted to six areas that are showing growth in the northern Kentucky region including advanced manufacturing, health, information technology, logistics/distribution, energy and services.
In addition, staff at the local Northern Kentucky One Stop Career Centers will advise displaced workers on careers, provide assessments of skills, prepare them for the job search with resume writing and interviewing techniques, and help them with job placement.
"This grant allows us to take the Comair employees who were laid off from point A to point Z and ultimately help them nail down a job," said Barbara Stewart, director of the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.
Stewart said about 350 former Comair employees who were laid off in September 2012 will be assisted with the funds.
While the Comair layoffs impacted workers who were employed in Kentucky, many of the workers reside in Indiana and Ohio.
In an effort to meet the needs of all of the workers displaced by Comair, Kentucky has developed a Memorandum of Agreement with Indiana and Ohio, which indicates that the NKADD will serve any workers displaced by the closure of Comair, regardless of their state of residence.