Figuring out the future for USEC workers


Reporter - Briana Conner
Photographer - Barry Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky.— Figuring out the future. Tuesday, The West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board met with leaders from West Kentucky Community and Technical College to talk about how to help USEC workers. 1,100 of them stand to lose their jobs, with the first wave of layoffs coming in August.

The Purchase Area Development District recently put a survey together to collect information from USEC workers like skill set, job history, education, future plans, and interests. Now, WKCTC and the workforce investment board are working to put those results to use. Their main goal goes beyond helping laid off USEC workers. The board and the college are working to lessen the impact on the entire community.

The workforce investment board has requested a national emergency grant to assist more than 2,000 people who will lose their jobs when USEC closes. They're also working with WKCTC to provide dislocated worker services like training, education, and job fairs. The college has expressed interest in using their Emerging Technology Center as a transition center to launch these services as soon as the first wave of workers is laid off.

President Barbara M. Veazey said, "We felt that on 1-24... the visibility, the name recognition and the services we can offer in this facility would be a place to start." There are a total of six agencies on board with this transition center, and they've agreed to provide services until 2015.

The workforce investment board is giving business owners the opportunity to talk about any openings they have Wednesday during a community roundtable. The meeting will be held in the Emerging Technology Center's conference room Wednesday at 1:00.