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Job transition help offered to those affected by GM Lordstown layoffs

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An open-house Thursday focused on 'what's next' for workers impacted by GM Lordstown layoffs. The event offered help not only for United Autoworkers but, those caught in the ripple effect.

The UAW 1112 union hall was a packed for about three hours for the event with workers uncertain of their future exploring every option.

For those considering re-training, there were plenty of schools and programs to research. Among them was Eastern Gateway Community College that is offering a free education to those affected and their dependents.

"They can always give it a shot especially with the free college they are not committed to anything, so they can give it a try and see," said Janet Potts with Eastern Gateway Community College.

For those uncertain of what career path they might want to choose. Goodwill Industries offers individual employment plans to help sort it out.

"We can focus and hone in not only on that career but on what transferable skills they might have that may help us point them in the right direction," said Dennis Robinson with Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries.

Information on mortgage payment assistance was also available.
The non-profit credit counseling agency, Apprisen, was at the event promoting the "Save the Dream Ohio" program that offers up to $25-thousand in mortgage payment assistance and most workers affected by GM's layoffs likely qualify.

"While they are trying to get back on their feet, it helps them make those mortgage payments, so that money can go towards other things," said Vic Russell with Apprisen.

The options gave some leaving hope for their future that they otherwise may not have felt.

"I've been through a plant closing before, I know what it feels like, but even back there in New Jersey when our community was having trouble we didn't have a community like this helping out," said UAW Ray Francisco.

Organizers hope to possibly plan a similar event in March when the plant idles production. 

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