MEXICO – The local adult education program and CareerCenter are organizing an open house to provide assistance to 130 employees being laid off permanently from NewPage Corp. in Rumford.

Region 9 School of Applied Technology adult education director Nancy Allen said Wednesday afternoon that an organizational meeting to plan the open house was called for 1 p.m., Feb. 11, at the River Road vocational school.

Any group or business interested in providing assistance to the paper mill employees is welcome to attend.

The open house for laid-off workers is scheduled for Feb. 18 at the school at a time to be determined.

Allen said the school and CareerCenter worked together a year or so ago when another mill layoff took place. At that time, many of the presenters were employers.

This time, social service agencies are invited, as are Mexico, Dixfield and Rumford town managers, and banks that may be able to assist people with managing their bills.

Allen said Region 9 will provide information on testing and educational opportunities, and the CareerCenter will provide other chances for job training.

NewPage management announced the permanent elimination of about 100 hourly jobs and 30 salaried positions late last week. The jobs will be phased out over two or three weeks, leaving the total number of workers at the mill at about 860.

Any organization that wants to be involved in efforts to help former NewPage workers may call Allen at 364-2012 or contact her at [email protected]


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