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Amanda J. Billings
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
Phone: (812) 330-6222
Fax: (812) 330-6205
email: abillings7@ivytech.edu

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Letters to the editor

February 27, 2008
Life after GE layoff

have been reading the articles about the imminent closing of Bloomington’s GE plant and feel someone might benefit from my story.

I was laid-off from GE in April of 2005. After giving a lot of thought to my future, I decided that the way for me to get a better job was to go to school. I enrolled in the office administration program at Ivy Tech Community College/Bloomington.

I had not been in school for over 30 years, so I was very nervous. I found the small classes and personalized attention that I received from Ivy Tech to be just the right thing for me. I felt that the instructors really cared whether or not I succeeded. I won’t say that it was easy, but it was very rewarding.

I finished my classes in December 2008, and was employed as an administrative services assistant in the Word Processing Center at Ivy Tech in January.

The main purpose of this letter is to let people know that it is never too late to go back to school. There is life after GE; you just have to find out what interests you and go for it.

- LORI PURCELL, Bloomfield