Wallace Helps Displaced WestPoint Workers

By: Lauren Davis Email
By: Lauren Davis Email

Approximately 575 workers will lose their jobs when the WestPoint doors close August 31st.

Wallace Community College has been doing a lot to help the displaced workers.

Friday, they held a seminar for the workers to learn about education programs available.

Vicki Thomas has packed sheets and pillowcases at WestPoint for the last four years.

After learning she was losing her job at WestPoint, she decided to further her education and study medical assisting at Wallace.

Hundreds of other WestPoint workers are looking to make a change in their career, and many are looking at furthering their education.

That’s why Wallace held an information session Friday and is offering 50 percent tuition waivers to help employees train and move into new jobs.

Take Patricia Singleton for instance, who's been working at WestPoint for 18 years. She was mad and scared when she got the news, but now she's looking forward to educational opportunities at Wallace, which is why she attended the session Friday.

Employees say they see the school caring about people who after years of work at one business have to start all over.

Approximately one third of the WestPoint employees have neither a high school diploma nor a GED.

Wallace offers a free GED preparation program through the Adult Education Department for those who need that credential.

For more info, log onto www.wallace.edu.

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