September 6, 2013
Nichols Career Center welding instructor Ken Thomas watches as Tanner Bennett welds a piece of steel during class Friday. Bennett, a Jefferson CIty High School senior, is in his second year of the class at the local career center. Thomas, who worked at Von Hoffman several years ago, will be in the position to help some of his former co-workers and friends from RR Donnelley as Nichols will be involved in a program to offer an evening course in welding to help some of those employees when to local book printer closes at the end of September.
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Jefferson City area economic development leaders are hoping an expedited welding program might offer new opportunities for employees losing their jobs at enterprises like RR Donnelley and the Chamois Power Plant.
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