A big announcement from The U.S. Department of Labor was made on Monday. A Supplement National Emergency grant of a little over 300,000 dollars was given to the Maine Military Authority to help laid off workers find other jobs.
Ryan Pelletier, Director of Economics and Work Force Development at NMDC told us, ”Around 140 workers will be laid off, we applied for a national emergency grant to assist those workers with free training assistance, provide funding for things such as career counseling, tuition assistance and supportive services for them as they transition into new employment.”
These services are available at the Aroostook County Action Program which is the service provider that will do hands on work with the dislocated workers. As the grant was passed, Torry Eaton senior manager at ACAP started contacting the workers the moment they found out, including emails.
“So we sent an email out quickly to as many of the people that we had emails for.” Eaton said.
Eaton told us that they expect around 50 people will want ACAP’s intensive services and then about half of those will actually participate in a training program.
The former Loring Air Force base in Limestone was where the majority of people were effected. Pelletier told us that if people didn’t initially want re-training assistance but are now finding it more difficult to find a job without new training opportunities. He is encouraging them to contact him. That way if more funding comes up in the future they will be notified.