The Western Maryland Consortium, which provides job services to unemployed adults, has been meeting with the 64 employees of Kongsberg Automotive in Hagerstown to prepare them for the factory's closure Oct. 31.
Peter Thomas, executive director of the Western Maryland Consortium, said Wednesday that a group of consortium employees visited Kongsberg Automotive on Aug. 19 to give the workers an overview of educational opportunities to boost their resumes.
"We talked about training options; we talked about educational opportunities," Thomas said. "They know what their options are."
Thomas said people who participate can receive tuition for up to one year. The money can be used for training in a variety of fields, including nursing and truck driving.
"We actually pay for the training," he said. "It's not for a four-year degree or even a two-year degree."
Thomas said he believed more Kongsberg employees would start reaching out to the consortium for further help as the Oct. 31 deadline draws closer.