West VirginiaUniversitys Mining Extension is offering a free 40-hour new miner orientation class for surface coal miners in January.

Registration will be Monday, Jan. 6, at the West Virginia Office of MinersHealth, Safety and Training in Fairmont. Class will meet from 5:15-9:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Books will be furnished; students should bring a pencil and notebook to the first class. Attendance is mandatory as required by state law. Pre-registration is suggested, and 10 students must enroll for the class to be conducted.

To pre-register or for more information, call the Office of MinersHealth, Safety and Training at 367-2706 or course instructor Tom Hall at 366-3795.