For the 275 workers laid off by Dell Computer when it decided to close a call center in downtown Twin Falls, help is on the way in the form of $1.3 million in training funding from the federal government.

The Idaho Department of Labor will initially receive $614,808 to begin programs aiding those affected by the closure.  The department may receive the full amount allocated by the U.S. Department of Labor if the state continues to show the need for funding.   The department may offer a wide variety of services for training, including career counseling, skill assessments, and basic and occupation skills training.  All programs will be administered by the Idaho Department of Labor.

Dell announced the closure in September of 2009, saying the closure would “increase the efficiency of its business and provide better value for customers.”  The company said in a statement about the closure that one-quarter of the employees will be transferred to other areas or be allowed to work from home, while those laid off will receive a severance package.

The money from the U.S. Department of Labor originates from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, otherwise known as the “stimulus bill,” signed into law by President Barack Obama more than a year ago.

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