MEXICO – People who have recently been laid off or who are underemployed have a chance Thursday to learn how to handle money issues, where to go for additional training, and other necessities in the current economic recession.

The Region 9 School of Applied Technology is hosting the resource fair from 3 to 7 p.m.

The school’s adult education director, Nancy Allen, said several potential employers are scheduled to attend.

Fair visitors can also learn about jobs they’re best suited for, and how to file for unemployment, food stamps and the Aspire program.

“The event is aimed at helping individuals discover what resources are in the community,” Allen said.

Other information available will include how to apply for free or reduced lunches for children of laid-off parents, as well as other social services from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Local bankers will provide directions for moving 401(k) accounts or to help with refinancing homes. Several training opportunities from the University of Maine System, Rumford/Mexico Center, Central Maine Community College and Region 9 truck driving program will also be at the fair.

It’s the second fair held since permanent layoffs were announced at Rumford’s NewPage Corp. in January. The resources are available to everyone.

For further information, contact Allen at 364-2012.

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