Meeting 4/6 on retail layoffs

Staff Report

Public information session Thursday night for Columbus State’s Retail Rapid Response

In the wake of growing retail industry layoff announcements, Columbus State Community College has mobilized a Retail Rapid Response Team to find ways to assist hundreds of retail workers faced with unemployment.

The college will provide $500 scholarships to eligible unemployed or soon-to-be unemployed workers from the retail industry. The scholarships are renewable for as many as four terms when applied to credit-based training or classes. For non-credit training or classes, a one-time $500 scholarship is available.

In recent months, retail companies such as Macy’s, The Limited, HH Greg and The Andersons have announced sweeping layoffs for 2017 both locally and nationally. Columbus State’s research shows an estimated one thousand central Ohio retail workers will be impacted by the layoffs.

“We want to be able to quickly assist displaced retail workers,” says Rebecca Butler, Vice President of Student Enrollment. “These scholarships and career assistance will allow motivated workers to prepare a near-seamless transition from a retail position into a high-demand field where there are job openings and growth. Potential fields of study include Logistics, State Tested Nursing Assistants, Real Estate and a number of skilled trades.”

Columbus State will have counselors from Admissions, Advising and other areas available to work directly with the prospective new students. The first public information session for interested retail workers will be held April 6 at 6 p.m. at Columbus State’s Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Center, 6699 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg.

A webpage has been developed for the project at

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