Duke Energy worker assistance program set for July 10 at CF Lecanto campus

OCALA -  Workforce Connection will hold a worker assistance program for Duke Energy employees who may find themselves in need of options due to the closing of the Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant.

The program is designed to give interested workers and their spouses or guest an overview of re-employment and training opportunities, financial aid and other community resources.

It will take place Wednesday, July 10 from 5-8 p.m. at the College of Central Florida’s Learning and Conference Center, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, in Lecanto.

Approximately 600 full-time employees work at the nuclear power plant which is currently in the process of being decommissioned by Duke Energy. The company is working with its employees to help as many as possible make the transition to positions in other Duke Energy organizations. The worker assistance program is being held in cooperation with Duke Energy and is offered in addition to employee services provided by the company.

There is no charge to attend the program which, in addition to Workforce Connection, is sponsored by the college, Withlacoochee Technical Institute and United Way of Citrus County. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Duke Energy. Those interested in taking part are asked to sign up at www.WorkforceConnectionFL.com/DukeEnergy.

In addition, to better serve Duke Energy employees interested in re-employment services and/or unable to attend next month’s program, Workforce Connection is offering extended hours at its One-Stop Career Center. The center, which remains open until6:30 p.m. each Thursday in June, is located at 1103 E. Inverness Blvd., in Inverness.

Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said that while Duke Energy is making every effort to move affected workers into positions elsewhere within the company, not everyone may be able to make that move.

“We understand and appreciate the lengths Duke Energy is going to in order to ensure that this closing creates as minimal an impact as possible on its workforce and this community,” Skinner said. “But because the operation of this plant has employed so many people here for so long, and has been so vital to Citrus County, we felt it was important to offer our assistance.

“For anyone who finds they need a job at the end of all this, or additional training or education or what have you, please know that your community and its resources stand ready to help.”

For more information, visit www.WorkforceConnectionFL.com/DukeEnergy or call 352-637-2223 or 800-434-JOBS.