The news of the Heinz shutdown has caught the attention of Idaho State University, who has helped displaced factory workers in the past.
Scott Rasmussen, from Idaho State University explained that,“(We’ve) been able to step in in a number of instances where we’ve had plant closures and other things in the Pocatello area and I think really be of service to those workers who are displaced.”
After the announcement today, that 410 workers will be laid off from Heinz in Pocatello, Scott Rasmussen, Dean of the College of Technology at Idaho State University wants those effected by the shutdown to know that they can turn this challenging situation, into a chance for career improvement
“(There will be)Seminar opportunities, where folks who will be leaving Heinz can learn what’s available, take a look at where their skill areas lie and what programs they might best fit into,” Rasmussen said.
For those who don’t know where to start, or think that they might be too far along in their career to make an industry change, Rasmussen had this advice.
“Our message to these employees, regardless of their age is we can help them get back into school, so we can take folks from wherever they are, help them feel confident and really help them get a good strong foothold towards a new degree or a new career opportunity,” Rasmussen said.