Jeff Laube assists former Agrium workers look for new opportunities at the Agrium Transition Center in Kenai.
The Agrium Transition Center, located in the old Carrs Mall, officially opened its doors December 5th after the initial layoff of approximately 80 Agrium employees. A partnership with the Alaska Department of Labor helped to create this service solely for the displaced Agrium employees. The center offers them a place to receive help transitioning into new careers, relocation, job search, and training. “We’re working to help all the dislocated Agrium employees to find other opportunities,” explained Jeff Laube a former Agrium operator who has been hired to assist his former colleagues at the new Center, “I’m a familiar face here to guide them through the transition process and help them to utilized the services that are available here. There is a lot of paper work involved and we help move them through the system, we’ve had over 20 people finds jobs already and we’ve only been in business now for a little more than two weeks,” added Laube.
There is also help available at the Center for laid off employees that are interested in changing careers, “If they come up with an idea that they are interested in or what they would like to pursue there is funding available through a number of different sources that they can access through the Transition Center that can assist in paying for that training,” said Laube. Located conveniently next door to the Peninsula Job Center, Agrium’s Transition Center has an outside entrance accessed from the parking lot just north of the main Mall entrance used for the Job Corps Center. According to Laube unlimited resources are available for use including desktop computers, laptops, color printers, fax machines, telephones and copiers.
The Transition Center also hosts a variety of employment services such as resume writing, interviewing skills, vocational counseling, WIA and TAA training benefits and support services. In addition, employment, stress and financial counseling will be made available. “The doors are open for Agrium folks even if they just want to stop in for a cup of fresh coffee and snacks, the Transition Center will be here and open for as long as it needs to be, and we look forward to seeing you,” stated Laube. The Center hours are from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday, for more information call Jeff at 283-2974.
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