Published Jan. 15, 2014
By Jane Sander, KNDU TV
Workforce training is something the government is willing to invest in and it's paying off for local workers.
The looming possibility of even more Hanford layoffs this year has people signing up for help to find a new field.
More than $800 million in government money was spent last year in
Washington state on programs to help workers learn new skills.
That money helped hundreds of laid-off Hanford workers find new jobs.
Worker retraining programs like the manufacturing technology class at
Columbia Basin College are helping people learn new skills they need to
get that next job.
A statewide report found worker retraining is one of the most successful unemployment programs funded with government money.
Brandon Goode was laid off from Hanford two years ago and says worker retraining is his way to a new job.
"It will help me with a career. It's a growing field versus other
fields that I've been in that are declining. I think it's a good way to
look at your future," Goode said.
A national grant for Worksource helped hundreds more people affected by Hanford lay-offs learn how to find a new job.
"It allowed the community to retain talent that's born out of Hanford
to merge back into the local economy, successfully, economically," said
Cos Edwards, Worksource CEO.
The number of people turning to worker retraining programs and
Worksource services could grow with more proposed Hanford lay-offs this
Former Hanford employees like Goode say these programs make a successful career transition possible.
"It's really important to be able to have new opportunities. You
limit yourself if you don't have education. Being a part of this program
and learning you can grow and do so much more," Goode said.
A proposed federal spending bill could give Hanford an additional
$186 million in funding this year and possibly reduce some of the 450
proposed Hanford lay-offs approved for 2014.
Congress is expected to vote on the bill this week.
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