EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Since the East Millinocket layoffs in February, the former employees have been struggling to find work. With the mill now purchased by a company that doesn't appear to be interested in running the mill, it's the end of a long career for many former mill workers, with many having worked in the mill their whole life.
"Men and women who have lost their job and long-time employment at the mill for 30 to 40 years, and there's an understanding that they don't always think they can succeed," said Deborah Rountree, the associate academic dean at Eastern Maine Community College.
Rountree handles much of the job retraining for mill workers at this branch of the Eastern Maine Community College in East Millinocket. Even though the transition hasn't been easy, she has plenty of success stories.