Northwest College will offer retraining funds for workers affected by layoffs at Cody Labs.
The college’s retraining funds are provided by the NWC Foundation, a private, nonprofit corporation that secures and manages gifts on behalf of the college.
Beginning as early as the upcoming fall semester, the foundation is committing up to $70,000 over a two-year period for tuition and fees, according to NWC Foundation Executive Director Shelby Wetzel.
“The foundation’s board of directors hopes this support will make a positive difference in the lives of Cody Labs employees who can take advantage of them,” Wetzel said.
Part of the college’s mission is to proactively respond to workforce needs and offer retraining opportunities for employees, NWC President Stefani Hicswa explained.
“We understand that not all affected employees will take advantage of this opportunity,” Hicswa explained. “For those who do, this funding will help them refocus their careers. I am indebted to the NWC Foundation for its generosity.”
The college is collaborating with Cody Labs managers, who will help solidify award parameters and notify NWC as to eligible employees, Hicswa said.
Retraining funds are designed to support both credit classes, including online courses, and noncredit offerings through the Center for Training and Development.