North Country
1:51 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

With Berlin Prison Funding OK Job Hunt Can Begin

Funding was approved today for the new federal prison in Berlin and soon it will be open season on several hundred new jobs. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

With President Obama signing a bill that includes funding for the new federal prison in Berlin hiring can finally begin.

The prison will have about 300 employees. That will include about 200 new hires.

The jobs have good pay and benefits.

But the application process is complicated.

That’s why a coalition of North Country organizations is cranking up its Talent Team program which is designed to help people above – and below – the notches get those jobs.

Kathy Eneguess is the president of the White Mountains Community College. It’s one of the groups helping applicants.

“We will help individuals work through those postings and it could be anything from being a maintenance employee to, yes, a prison guard, but it could also be a chef.”

There’s no charge for the help.

“We will begin to offer those workshops again beginning right after Thanksgiving.”

Federal officials have estimated those 300 jobs will put about $28 million a year into the local economy.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen

When the classes are scheduled information will be posted on the website of the White Mountains Community College: http://www.wmcc.edu/

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