Angelina College holding information sessions for laid off GE workers

Angelina College holding information sessions for laid off GE workers

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Career help is on the way for the over 500 displaced workers from the recent layoffs by General Electric.

On April 15, Angelina College will be hosting special sessions on alternative certification programs for the laid-off workers.

"These workers mean a lot to our community,"  said Karen Bowser,  the coordinator for the college's Student Support Service Division. "We have found these folks are the very best workers. They have a terrific work ethic; they know they have to work. They are not there to party. They are there to get things done."

Bowser said the sessions will offer information on retraining and qualifying for financial aid.

"We work with academic advisers," Bowser said. "We work with financial aid. We work with people that do additional sorts of services to see what they can do. We work with the adult learning center for the folks that need a GED or need English as a second language."

This is not the first time the school has stepped up to help workers. In the past, the college has helped the displaced workers of the Abitibi paper mill.

"This approach worked when other area industries closed several years ago," said Dr. Larry Phillips, the president of Angelina College. "Angelina College was able to provide educational and retraining opportunities for hundreds of local workers."

The school will offer two sessions on Wednesday. The first session starts at 2:30 p.m. and the second session starts at 5:30 p.m.

"If they cannot make it out to one of these sessions, they can come by the Forest Country Job Fair on Thursday April 23," Bowser said.

People interested in attending need to bring proof of job termination and their past two tax returns.

For more information you can call Karen Bowser at (936) 633-5209.

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