Community college helping Duplin County employees set to lose job
KENANSVILLE, Duplin County - Nearly 160 people will lose their jobs when a major employer in Duplin County closes its doors at the end of this month.
Change can be scary but thanks to James Sprunt Community College, many National Spinning Company employees are learning to take their first steps into brand new career fields.
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"That job is very important for everybody," said Ada Orellana, an employee with National Spinning. "If we don't have a job, we don't have anything."
Orellana is one of 152 people who discovered last month the National Spinning Company is closing its Beulaville branch at the end of this year.
"Everybody was in shock," Orellana said. "I was talking with my friends, I said, 'What are you gonna do?' 'I don't know.' and they asked me the same question. I said 'I don't know."
Orellana already changed her life once when she moved from Honduras to the United States.
"Over here I see more opportunity for everybody," she said.
While this recent announcement isn't the change she asked for, opportunity is still knocking. James Sprunt Community College is assisting many of those employees with new educational opportunities, including short-term continuing education programs and some long-term degree options as well.
"We're here to support whatever the needs are that arise," said Brian Jones, Associate Vice President of Student Services at JSCC. "An employer as large as National Spinning, when it closes, there's 160 employees there and we're here to service the community as best we can and in many opportunities that is providing them with new options as far as education goes and as far as future career fields."
It's a chance to reach for something better, a chance Orellana and others are taking.
"I don't know exactly what I'm gonna do after I finish but I just want to tell you, I want a better job," Orellana said.