LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Just last month, Texas Work Force Solutions was the meeting ground for the hundreds of laid off GE Lufkin employees.
"The day after the layoff, we probably had about 90 percent of the people come back here to the office," said Lufkin Work Force Solutions Site Manager John Riley.
Recently laid off workers were able to meet face-to-face with hiring companies in the area at their job fair.
"It was a really good turnout, which is what we wanted because we wanted to help them with that transition," Riley said.
Business Development Supervisor Sandra Rodriguez explains that those laid off can learn new trades at no cost.
"We're going to help them continue their education and help pay for those costs as well," Rodriguez explained.
Coming up on March 26th, 330 more employees will be able to take advantage of this opportunity.
"Since, these individuals were laid off, they automatically qualify for this assistance," Rodriguez said.
Work Force Solutions say they worked closely with the first round of Layoffs with GE Lufkin Industries
"A lot of employees have a lot of questions when they get laid off, and so we try to help them through this process," Riley said.
If the company asks for the assistance prior to the layoff date, they prepare packets of information for each laid off employee.
"So, it depends when they involve us in the layoff, if they involve us at all," explains Riley.
Work Force Solutions explains that they want to serve as a cushion to these employee's unfortunate circumstances.
"I would hope for the employees, that they would involve us, just so that we can be there for support," added Riley.
There are six Work Force Solutions locations throughout deep East Texas. Each division provides free weekly classes to help those advance their job search. For more information visit their website at detwork.com.