Eastern Gateway announces no-cost offer for affected workers, community and family members

Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) is reaching out to the residents of the Mahoning Valley to offer free training and education opportunities for GM workers and other area residents who may be impacted by GM’s disappointing announcement.   Assembly Plant workers, and all others whose businesses have been forced to downsize due to GM’s decision, are eligible, as are their family members.

The short-term and academic programs offered are geared toward the many expanding and growing industries in our area.  Impacted workers and family members can receive job-ready training such as CDL, machining and welding, and a variety of career-enhancing certificate and degree programs, all without any out-of-pocket costs to participants.

“We know our community has a strong and capable workforce who are the best at what they do.  We’re proud to partner with workers and their families to offer education and training opportunities that help ensure everyone has opportunity to thrive here in the Mahoning Valley,” said Eastern Gateway President Jimmie Bruce.

“I applaud the leadership of President Jimmie Bruce and the Eastern Gateway Community College for their initiative to assist workers, their families, and suppliers adversely impacted by the GM Lordstown layoffs. This access to tuition-free training and development resources will be critical to helping people and families land on their feet. When the chips are down, we stick together. That’s what we do. That’s why our community is so resilient.  Ultimately, this must be a part of a much broader package of assistance for this region coordinated with the State and Federal Governments. In addition, I’ll continue to work with everyone from the President of the United States and the CEO of GM on down to land a new vehicle product at the Lordstown plant. Keeping the facility up and running remains my highest priority,” said Congressman Ryan.

“This offer from Eastern Gateway underscores the resilience of our community and how we all stick together in uncertain times,” said Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill.

Art Daly, Vice President of the EGCC Youngstown campus said, “Many of the workers who were affected by the shift cutbacks earlier this year are presently enrolled here at EGCC.”  The expansion of this effort will provide the dedicated services and assistance for all of the GM workers, and other workers affected, as well as family members.  “We are here to assist with career planning and course registration- with no cost to the student,” continued Daly.

The purpose of the targeted Free College program is to prepare dislocated workers for in-demand jobs in the region and EGCC is coordinating with federal and state assistance programs.  A screening and review committee has been established at EGCC to expedite the enrollment process.  Anyone who is impacted by GM’s decision in Lordstown can call EGCC at 800-68-COLLEGE, Option 6 to receive more information.  Admissions advisors are ready to work with you.

Please call us at 800-68-COLLEGE, Option 6 with any questions.