Unemployment Rate Impacts Local College Enrollment

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

The loss of jobs around the Wiregrass is actually turning into a boost for some.

Many who are now finding themselves without a job are turning to higher education.

The decline in U.S. jobs has created a burden on many.

In Alabama, there is a four percent unemployment rate with Henry County among the leaders in job losses last year.

"It's hard. As you can see, I'm not a young person and it's hard, very hard," says Linda Cook, a displaced Westpoint Stevens Factory worker.

Cook, like many area residents are feeling the blow of the rising unemployment rate.

However, like her, many are now turning to a different plan to land a steady job.

"These folks recognize that there's a huge difference in having a job, and having a career. There is money available from the government that they can retrain for a new career, which is what we're finding a lot of folks doing," says Sally Buchanan, with Wallace Community College.

Wallace Community College enrollment has risen six percent this spring.

Many of these students are displaced factory workers, looking for a brighter future.

"It's looking at the end. The fact I'll be able to go back to work with a career," concludes Cook.

If you would like more information on enrolling at Wallace, you can log onto their website by CLICKING on the link below.

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