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Program to help workers in turbulent economy

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Catastrophic floods. Economic turmoil. Plant closings. Recession-fueled downsizing. There are plenty of reasons to feel concern within the eastern Iowa workforce. For one department at Kirkwood Community College, the daily business headlines are a focused call to action. The college's Dislocated Worker Program is gearing up for its busiest-and they hope, most helpful-season in many years.

The program was created to help address the needs of area workers affected by plant closures, shifts in manufacturing and other industries. Kirkwood Dislocated Worker Program consultants provide initial counseling, job skill assessments and connections with a variety of human services, training and education resources in the community.

Recognizing the rising need for their services, Dislocated Worker consultants will hold a free information session Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Kirkwood Training and Outreach Services Center, 3375 Armar Drive in Marion. The session begins at 1:30 p.m. in Room 100 at the KTOS Center, with consultants on hand to answer questions and give individual attention to anyone seeking job search, skill assessments and avenues to training programs in the area.

Representatives of Kirkwood Career Services, Skills Advantage, Emergency Public Jobs, Gap Tuition Assistance and other areas will also be available to provide help for those interested in beginning college course work or specific job training programs.

More information on the Jan. 20 information session and Kirkwood Dislocated Worker Program services is available from Vanessa Lopez, (319) 398-5070, Ext. 199.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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