More job assistance coming to laid-off Shreveport workers

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - One hundred sixty-eight employees recently laid-off from a Shreveport manufacturing plant will get a two-year scholarship and re-employment assistance.

A federal ruling that increased imports prompted the closing of Plastech Engineered Products in west Shreveport. That makes employees eligible for 'trade adjustment assistance.'

The TAA Worker Transition Center at the facility offers computers, internet access and staff to assist the laid-off employees.

"It will pay for the training that they elect," said Plastech H.R. Manager Dino Fredrick. "In addition, they will be able to receive additional unemployment benefits."

Educational opportunities can include two-year scholarships for so-called demand occupations, those expected to grow through 2014. That includes many jobs in the health care field and industrial maintenance.