WATERLOO — The Dislocated Worker Transition Center, located on the campus of Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, will permanently close March 30 after delivering $1.7 million in training and support services to dislocated workers.
The center is closing because available grant funds have expired and the dislocated workers have either found other employment or returned to work at John Deere. Deere officials confirmed in recent Courier interviews some hiring has resumed at the Waterloo operations.
The center and services targeted 1,300 workers who had been laid off by John Deere starting in the fall of 2014 because of a decline in farm equipment sales and were made possible through a National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Assistance will continue to be available at the IowaWORKS Center in Waterloo, 3420 University Ave. The Waterloo office recently expanded its hours and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Iowa Workforce Development sought the grant as part of a collaborative effort between IowaWORKS, John Deere, Hawkeye Community College and United Auto Workers Local 838, which represented bargaining unit employees from Deere’s Waterloo plants. The funds were awarded June 30, 2015, and the center opened Aug. 18, 2015.