Foundry workers train for new careers

In 2015, Bradken-Engineered Products announced its Chehalis facility would close. In just 60 days, 91 workers lost their jobs.

Employees were approved for job retraining through the federal Trade Adjustment Act (TAA). Workers were eligible to receive up to two years of college tuition, and the cost of fees, books, supplies and tools, allowing them to retrain for new jobs and careers in a variety of professional and technical programs.

“These workers are now being trained for new careers, not just jobs, through the Worker Retraining program at Centralia College,” explained Worker Retraining Manager Joan Meister. “We’re committed to their success, and always working to make sure they reach their goals.”

One of those students is Doug Both. He took advantage of the welding program at Centralia College and is now a second-year student.

“When the foundry closed, I had to change jobs,” Doug said. “CC had the training I needed.”

Of the original 16 who entered the program, 15 are currently attending classes for their second year at the college in the following programs.

  • Accounting: 1
  • Business: 3
  • Diesel Technology: 6
  • Electronics Robotics & Automation: 1
  • Information Technology: 1
  • Medical Assistant: 1
  • Welding: 2

For more information about the Worker Retraining program call 360-736-9391 ext. 385 or visit

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