The Appalachian Hatchery initiative creates jobs by delivering local technical assistance to manufacturers and new training opportunities in communities across southern West Virginia.
The initiative diversifies the region’s economy by helping manufacturers and businesses identify new customers develop new products and train their workers.
Aimed at countering the region’s coal job losses, the initiative targets manufacturing and related industry job creation. Direct assistance – such as machine retooling and prototype development – will take place at manufacturers’ facilities as well as RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers, the Hive in Beckley, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and the McDowell County Career and Technical Center.
RCBI, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and McDowell County Career and Technical Center presents advanced manufacturing training programs in Machining Technology and provide customized training to meet company-specific needs.
Targeted counties include Boone, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, Webster and Wyoming.
Partners include Advantage Valley, New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and McDowell County Career and Technical Center.
The Appalachian Hatchery project is supported by grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.