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New Hampshire Office of Workforce Opportunity

Meet Janet

Workforce Challenge

Janet is a single mother of three laid off from the Wausau Paper Mill. Her new employment goal was to work in an office management position. Janet realized that after many years of working in a manufacturing environment she would need new skills to compete in a very tight labor market such as exists in the North Country of New Hampshire.

Workforce Solution

Because the layoff was due to a plant closure, employees like Jane qualified for enrollment in the National Emergency Grant (NEG) project that was set up to help them find new employment. Working with her WIA and Trade Act counselors, Janet was able to enroll in an Office Assistant Certificate program at White Mountain Community College. While maintaining a home for her children, she made time for study, attending classes and completing home work assignments, all along remaining upbeat and focused on her goal.

Outcomes & Benefits

Janet completed her training in May 2009. She updated her resume and in a short time was able to secure a position with a local hardware store as a full-time office manager earning $9.50 per hour. The money is less than what she was making in the factory, but Jane is happy to finally have a job that she truly enjoys and grateful that she was able to find a local job when there are so few jobs available in the area.

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