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Local workforce programs help laid off Hatteras Yachts employees

Published On: Jan 25 2013 07:54:58 PM CST
NEW BERN, NC -

Gloria Cherry was recently laid off for the second time from Hatteras Yachts, along with nearly 150 other people.

She came to Craven Community College Friday morning with about 20 others who were laid off from the New Bern boat manufacturing business to find opportunities for new jobs and more education.

"We're a part of a team," said Tammy Childers, executive director of Eastern Carolina Workforce Development board. "It's definitely a partnership for the college hosting this event. To make sure people know that we're here, and we're all on their team, and it's about getting them back to work as quickly as possible."

  Childers says the Workforce Development Board partnered with Craven Community College, Twin Rivers Opportunities, JobLink Career Center, Hatteras Human Resources, the Department of Social Services and other local employment organizations to hold help sessions.

Participants like Cherry learned about resume building and being competitive in the job market.

After two layoffs, Cherry isn't giving up. When she came to Friday's event, she decided to enroll in one of Craven Community College's accelerated programs, like advanced manufacturing.

  A representative of the college says it has received federal grants along with financial aid programs to help those who are unemployed get the education they need to start new careers.

"Being displaced can be an advantage if you just take the opportunities to go through the resources that they give you and check everything out," Cherry said. "And keep trying. That's what we have to do. Just keep trying."