New effort in East Texas to help hundreds get back to work

New effort in East Texas to help hundreds get back to work

TEXARKANA, TEXAS (KSLA) - An effort is underway in East Texas to put hundreds of people back to work who were laid off by one of the Texarkana’s largest employer.

Approximately 900 employees lost their jobs this year at Red River Army Depot due to an adjustment in workload at the depot. Some of those workers have relocated outside the area. But for those who have remained — help is on the way.

However, there’s a catch, it also requires those employees to go back to school.

“We are hoping to help those get trained to get back out in the workforce help them find comparable salaries compared to what they had at the depot," said April Corbit with Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas.

Corbit also said they have received a $1.2 million grant to help get the laid off employees back to work. Workforce Solutions has teamed up with Texarkana College to provide the necessary assistance and training in specific areas of need in the Texarkana area.

The training programs will take place at Texarkana College with several courses scheduled to begin in January 2019 and most training can be completed in a year.

The training will be free for all qualified dislocated Red River Army Depot workers.

“These are very high demand jobs for our area and they can take what they learn here at the college and go anywhere in the nation to get great jobs and great skills,” said Thomas Holt, Texarkana College’s industrial technology coordinator.

Information sessions to participate in the program are set up for Thursday, December 6 at the Greater Texarkana Workforce Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 7 at Texarkana College Workforce Training Center, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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