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New Center to Help Laid Off John Deere Workers

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A new center designed to assist displaced John Deere workers is about to have its grand opening. The John Deere Transition Center will be opening Tuesday, August 18 and the opening will be at 10 a.m. on the Hawkeye Community College Main Campus.

Since the fall of 2014 more than 1,300 workers from the Waterloo and Ankeny John Deere have been laid off. Because of this, the Iowa Workforce Development has received a National Dislocated Worker Grant for $3,058,322 from the U.S. Department of Labor to help the laid off workers with job training and and employment. The grant will assist up to 650 workers with career services.

Speakers at the opening will include Dr. Linda Allen, president of Hawkeye Community College; Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development, Mike Oberhauser, vice president of UAW Local 838, Steve Dust, president and CEO of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber; and other representatives.

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