CVTC trains laid-off workers for new occupations and launches online classes.
The closing of the Eau Claire Uniroyal-Goodrich tire plant in June 1992, after 75 years of operation, left 1,350 workers without jobs. A plant steering committee that included representatives of local and regional agencies established five task forces, one of which addressed employment/training options for the displaced workers to become qualified for other fields of work.
Many agencies worked together to help the unemployed Uniroyal workers. CVTC was the major education provider, receiving grants from the state and area industry to train them in new skills. A job center was set up on-site to provide career counseling and information. Workers’ skills were assessed.