Worker retraining program gains popularity

Worker retraining program gains popularity »Play Video
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- More local workers are now hitting the books trying to refine their skills and get a job. CBC's worker retraining program is becoming more popular.

Over the past five years, the number of full-time equivalent students has nearly doubled.

That means tighter classrooms, but a more educated community.

Officials tell KEPR a sizable percentage of students are workers from the Hanford layoffs.

"We've seen the enrollment in our program go up, and part of that is that we're seeing folks that need and potentially change what it is that they're doing -- or redirect their skills or learn new skills in order to re-enter the marketplace," said Worker Retraining Program Director Deborah Brown.

CBC advises students to sign up early for classes next quarter -- as worker retraining classes fill up quickly.