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Domtar Employees Look At Mid State For New Careers

WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- Mid State Technical College held an information meeting for these employees. Domtar scheduled a mandatory union meeting at the same time as this informational session, so the turnout was quite low. However, Mid State has been working with these employees one-on-one trying to help them answer the tough question: what's next? Staci Ternauth has worked at Domtar since 1996, but since the announcement that the Port Edwards Paper mill will be closing, she and many other employees are forced to go where they haven't gone in years, back to school. "Well it's hard because I'm in my mid 30's and the thought of going back to school with younger kids is weird," says Staci Ternauth. Thomas Seebruck hasn't been to school in over 30 years, but says furthering his education is a must if he wants to find a new job. "Going back to school was my decision. Going out and trying to find another job, that's the hard part. There's no jobs out there and I figured once I'm certified, I'd have a better chance finding a better one," says Thomas Seebruck. For Staci, this is an opportunity to start over and do something she's always wanted to. "I have an associates from mid state, so I'm going to pursue my bachelors and the health field is expanding dramatically, so I'd like to look at something in the health field," says Ternauth. Many of these workers have to re-train in something other than the paper industry, something completely new. But, Mid State has almost 50 different occupations for these workers to choose from and the Mid State staff has been working closely with these workers to answer any questions or fears they may have. "Certainly if people have been out of the college environment for some time, it is a bit threatening. We work with our staff and our academic resource center to ease the transition back into the educational environment," says John Clark, President of Mid State Technical College. That transition back to school isn't something that is uncommon at Mid-State. 33% of their students are over 40. "It'll be a challenge and I look forward to a new chapter in my life, so you just have to go forward." Financial aid is also a big concern with these workers. They say Domtar is not paying for any of their re-schooling. Mid State leaders are trying to get state and federal agencies to assist with financial aid.
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