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Workforce Training Programs Help Laid Off Hanford Workers

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Workforce training is something the government is willing to invest in and it's paying off for local workers. Workforce training is something the government is willing to invest in and it's paying off for local workers.

PASCO, WA - Workforce training is something the government is willing to invest in and it's paying off for local workers.

The looming possibility of even more Hanford layoffs this year has people signing up for help to find a new field.

More than $800 million in government money was spent last year in Washington state on programs to help workers learn new skills.

That money helped hundreds of laid-off Hanford workers find new jobs.

Worker retraining programs like the manufacturing technology class at Columbia Basin College are helping people learn new skills they need to get that next job.

A statewide report found worker retraining is one of the most successful unemployment programs funded with government money.

Brandon Goode was laid off from Hanford two years ago and says worker retraining is his way to a new job.

"It will help me with a career. It's a growing field versus other fields that I've been in that are declining. I think it's a good way to look at your future," Goode said.

A national grant for Worksource helped hundreds more people affected by Hanford lay-offs learn how to find a new job.

"It allowed the community to retain talent that's born out of Hanford to merge back into the local economy, successfully, economically," said Cos Edwards, Worksource CEO.

The number of people turning to worker retraining programs and Worksource services could grow with more proposed Hanford lay-offs this year.

Former Hanford employees like Goode say these programs make a successful career transition possible.

"It's really important to be able to have new opportunities. You limit yourself if you don't have education. Being a part of this program and learning you can grow and do so much more," Goode said.

A proposed federal spending bill could give Hanford an additional $186 million in funding this year and possibly reduce some of the 450 proposed Hanford lay-offs approved for 2014.

Congress is expected to vote on the bill this week.

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