CCC has helped many laid off workers retool so they can re-enter
the workforce. When the Blue Heron Paper mill in Oregon City closed
in 2011, Jon LaFarge faced layoff after working there for 37 years.
He and his coworkers got help from CCC's Workforce Development
Services team. With their assistance, Jon found a new career path.
And with Trade Act funds, he was able to return to college at CCC
to earn a one-year certificate in water and environmental
At first, Jon was nervous about returning to school after a
40-year break. But he was focused and had an education and career
plan. He worked hard and soon found he made the right
decision. Jon earned his certificate, but before he
graduated, he had a new position as a wastewater operator for Clean
Jon is one of many people CCC has helped to get the skills and
training they need to re-enter the workforce in high-demand