A Transition Center to help workers displaced by the closure of the Simpson Mills opened Wednesday morning with a ribbon cutting and open house.
Within this WorkSource Transition Center, former Simpson employees will find various service options to help them move to a new career including job training, education, and employment services as well as peer-to-peer and trade act counseling. Cheryl Fambles is Chief Executive Officer for Pacific Mountain Workforce Development:
Two Simpson employees were hired and trained as peer counselors, Rick Coots and Aaron Arnold, for the transition center. The purpose of these peer workers is to provide comfort and familiarity to the workers. In addition to peer counseling, they are there to help navigate the available TAA funds as the new Trade Act petition for Simpson Lumber was certified by the US Department of Labor on July 29, 2015. Lynn Longan is Executive Director of the Economic Development Council of Mason County:
The transition center lead is Lee Childs. Lee and her family moved to Shelton when she was 15 years old when her father started the NJROTC program at Shelton High School. She graduated from Shelton High in 1981 and has deep roots in this community. If you have any questions about the transition center please feel free to call Lee at 360-427-7028 or stop by. The Transition Center is located at 2505 Olympic Highway North, Suite 410 which is behind the Shelton McDonalds.