Lori Ricks, who teaches at the vocational school, also gave updates on the kind of activities vocational students are undertaking. She was helped by two of her students, Jeremy Butts and Emily Shifley, who showed one of the projects in particular.
Every plant manager and owner there talked about how they had lost many or most of their employees mostly due to the economy, and talked about how any industry coming in should look first at displaced workers from places like GFB and American National Rubber.
A representative from the FabSol plant, which was the American National Rubber plant, talked about how the ANR plant was on the edge of shutting down when a Nashville businessman bought them out.
James Selbe, president of the Hopkinsville Community College said that as of last week, the Cadiz Career Center, which opened last year, had 2,195 people who have registered with the career center, not counting those that have used its services who didn’t register. Selbe attributed the high number of people, who aren’t all from Trigg County, to the recent layoffs.
“The next challenge … is finding placements for some of those people, once they get through with their training,” said Selbe.
(For the rest of the story, check out this week's edition of the Cadiz Record.)