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    WJU to Receive $144,000 In Federal Mine Safety Funding Wheeling News Register October 1, 2011 Wheeling Jesuit University will receive $144,000 in federal funds
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      WJU to Receive $144,000 In Federal Mine Safety Funding

      WJU to Receive $144,000 In Federal Mine Safety Funding

      Wheeling News Register

      October 1, 2011

      Wheeling Jesuit University will receive $144,000 in federal funds to help create the Active Training Portal for Mine Safety.

      The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration announced $1 million in grant funds will go to eight organizations that provide education and training within the mining industry. The Brookwood-Sago grants program was established through a provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006. This funding will be used to develop and implement training and related materials for mine emergency preparedness, as well as for the prevention of accidents in underground mines.

      Wheeling Jesuit will partner with the Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Together, they will develop, implement and evaluate a 16-hour "train-the-trainer" course that applies active learning to underground mine emergency prevention and preparedness.

      Hope Coffield, program manager for WJU's Emergency Preparedness and Worker Safety Training Program, will manage the day-to-day operations of the project under the direction of J. Davitt McAteer, vice president of Wheeling Jesuit's Sponsored Programs.

      "Miners work in an increasingly sophisticated, complex and hazardous environment that demands a full range of critical thinking and decision-making skills. These skills are best developed and exercised when learners have an active responsibility for applying knowledge to scenarios, when they share experiences as a community of learners and when they teach others," Coffield said. "The Active Training Portal for Mine Safety will continue the university's efforts to continuously improve mine safety training."

      In addition to Wheeling Jesuit, seven other organizations, including Marshall University, will benefit from the funding.

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      U. S. Mine Rescue Association

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