Program helping displaced Verso employees find new jobs

Many people are working to get back on their feet again after being laid off from a Kentucky paper plant.

In August, the Verso Paper Mill in Wickliffe announced it would idle indefinitely. Now, 300 former employees are asking "What’s next?"

There are many options to help displaced workers, but it can be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out the best one for you and your family. That’s where the Kentucky Career Center comes in.

On Monday, the center held two Rapid Response events for those workers being laid off from the paper mill. Representatives from multiple agencies, like the Health Department and Veteran Services, explained what benefits these workers are eligible for.

Workforce Development Manager Jonathon Pendergrass says the event is helping to reduce some of the stress a lot of these men and women are facing after losing their jobs.

"What we do as the career center, we bring them to a session like this for the displaced workers to soak up all the information there, so they don’t have to do all this research themselves," says Pendergrass.

After learning about their options, the workers moved to the computer lab where they got some help filing for unemployment —something that organizers say can be very difficult if it’s not done right.

Next week, the Kentucky Career Center will host another Rapid Response event for former Verso Paper Mill employees.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Career Solutions Community Emerging Technology Center

5100 Alben Barkley Drive

Paducah, KY 42001

Monday, November 16 at 10 a.m.

Monday, November 16 at 1 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17 at 11 a.m.

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