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Hawkeye Transition Center to help laid-off John Deere employees

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Help is on the way for more than 1,000 people laid off from John Deere in Waterloo in the last year.

A new center that opened at Hawkeye Community College on Tuesday to help those people training for new jobs. 

It's a sign of hope at Hawkeye Community College. The dislocated worker transition center opened to help former John Deere workers train for new careers

Some who will work at the Transition Center, like Rob, understand the struggles of dealing with a layoff -- even if it's temporary.

"I am a laid-off worker from John Deere, and when they get to me on the recall  list, I will go back to work," he said. 

And while he has hope of returning to John Deere, he says helping his former coworkers is what makes this new job great.

"I love it. It's just nice to seem them taking advantage of everything that can be offered to them," he said. "I thought it was a great opportunity to help others in my situation, some of my fellow coworkers." 

The main focus is on education -- making sure those who come in can get trained to pursue any career they want.

Iowa Workforce Development worked with Hawkeye Community College to create the center, which is expected to help up to 650 workers.

Although it will mainly help former John Deere employees, they will offer assistance to anyone who comes in. 

Written by Amanda Gilbert, KWWL

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