Training is a great option after a layoff

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TOLEDO (WTOL) - Employers continue to feel the pinch, which means workers are getting laid off.

This college student is not fresh out of high school. In fact, Dionne Kelly-Taylor is separated with three kids and -- as of last summer -- she's laid off.

Now she's looking for a fresh start. "I want to rebuild myself," says Kelly-Taylor, "In other words, I'm starting over with everything in my life."

The last thing a stressed out mother needs is a full class load. So she's one of about 800 non-traditional students taking classes at the Owens Community College Learning Center at The Source.

At Owens, in particular, are short term programs you don't have to invest so much time in. However, we can provide students their certification needs," says Kita Graham.

Kelly-Taylor says on-site counselors also helped carve out a financial aid package. "They basically walk you through it step-by-step. They don't just throw you out there in the wilderness. They walk you through step-by-step."

The strength to start over started with her. Kelly-Taylor says, "It was just time for me just to go back to school, get my diploma, get it over with and regain my confidence back."

With support from the school, she's one step closer to her dreams of a stable future and a good-paying job. "I'm looking forward to getting back into the workforce and presenting my resumes," she says.

If she can do it, so can you.

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