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Posted on: October 2, 2023

New opportunities for displaced workers and employers

Discover the possibilities for a new future. Tap into free education, training and career opportunities.

Choosing a new career path can be filled with hopes and dreams for the future, but can also be daunting. A unique funding opportunity to aid dislocated workers on this journey is now available thanks to a $7.5 million National Dislocated Worker Grant managed by the Southwestern Commission and Land of Sky Regional Council for an 11-county area of Western North Carolina. 

Individuals impacted by economic conditions can get help finding a new occupation, field or trade through education and training. Grant funding covers the cost of going back to school or enrolling in certification programs to acquire new skills. Opportunities are available for workers displaced by the Pactiv Evergreen closure, as well as workers displaced from other industries.  Call 828-456-6061 to find out whether you are eligible, or fill out the form found here:

The National Dislocated Worker Grant for WNC also offers financial incentives for employers to provide on-the-job training for dislocated workers. 

Unlock the potential by visiting to learn more about this historic opportunity.