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Layoff leads to training for a new career

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When America’s boom went bust, it sent a lot of skilled technicians to the unemployment line. Many of the laid-off workers were the 20-something wonder kids who bounced back fairly quickly. But some were veteran professionals who got caught in the rapid shift toward outsourcing and re-engineering.

Mike Angle, 2004-05 recipient of a PCC Foundation scholarship, was out of a job for two years. He had worked in the computer industry since 1969 in positions of ever-increasing responsibility. Angle sent out hundreds of resumes over those two years and filled out dozens of job applications, even trying for positions that were well below his skill level.

In all the applying, Angle got back just one response

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »


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