Monday, June 8, 2009

The Feds Send Funds for Boise Workers

Oregon has trees. Lot's of 'em. And that has been the case for a long time.

That means our state is a good place to produce products from wood, like lumber and paper. Unfortunately, one of Oregon's paper mills (Boise Cascade) is closing a location in St. Helens and laying off some 200 workers.

The federal government has stepped in and offered help for these workers -- $1.4 million worth of help, to be more accurate. The money is going to Oregon's Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, who will use the funds to help the workers find and qualify for new jobs. The workers will have access to a professional skills assessment and job counseling, along with training for basic and job-specifc skills.

Initially about $600,000 of the money has been released, with the rest available depending on the needs of the workers.

This info is part of a recent news report from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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