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Wave of 200 layoffs hits SRNS, will continue for next few days

SRNS transition center

The SRNS transition center helps former employees find new employment after being laid off. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 29, 2011)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, Aug. 29, 2011

AIKEN -- Another wave of about 200 layoffs at SRNS started Monday and will continue for the next few days.

And some employees who got the bad news this morning aren't wasting any time; they're already calling the center for help.

Those people who are getting the bad news aren't getting very much of a warning.

"We help them pack their personal belongings, and then because we are a nuclear site and because of security reasons, we have to escort them from the site," said Bob Rhoden, the SRNS transition center manager.

But that doesn't mean they're left out in the cold -- the SRNS transition center is there to help.

"We try to offer a full range of services to our displaced workers, it is a very difficult time for them, we try to be a resource, we have one-on-one counseling to help them develop a resume and start thinking about their life after SRNS," Rhoden said.

The center has only been open for a few months and it's already placed 100 people into similar jobs.

"It is a hard economic environment out there right now, so to place a 100 people in four months has been quite a challenge because jobs are just not as available as they once were," Rhoden said.

They provide everything from financial counseling to mock interviews.

Many of the people who are looking for jobs never thought they would be coming here for help.

"It is very tough for the individuals involved -- these are employees that for the most part have worked for the center for a long time and had an expectation of lifetime employment, so it is a real shock for them," Rhoden said.

And with more layoffs coming this week, the center wants to be a first stop.

"We want to be sure our employees know what benefits they have because unfortunately when they are notified, we give everyone a notification package that has everything in it, but it is hard to read things when you have been told you no longer have employment," Rhoden said.

There are still another 75 layoffs coming this fall.

The transition center isn't just placing these people in any job. They are really looking for jobs that meet their skill set.

If you would like help, you can call (803) 644-0010 to schedule an appointment.

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