SUNDAY BIZ BRIEFS 03.19

Krueger employees may

qualify for trade act benefits

TUPELO – Former employees of Krueger International who lost their jobs may be eligible to receive payments and to qualify for a variety of reemployment services, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Securityy.

Former employees of Krueger International in Tupelo and Pontotoc, including leased workers of Ablest Staffing, who were totally or partially separated from employment on or after Jan. 30, 2005, may be eligible to receive Trade Adjustment Assistance Act services. Under TAA, eligible workers can receive additional unemployment benefits, have their training costs paid so they qualify for new employment, and receive a health coverage tax credit and other services.

Workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports or a shift in production to certain foreign countries are eligible for TAA services.

Under TAA, additional unemployment benefits are paid after regular unemployment benefits are exhausted and training qualifications are met.

To be eligible for additional unemployment benefits and the health coverage tax credit, workers must report to a local WIN Job Center for an initial assessment for services within 16 weeks of their separation from employment or eight weeks after the TAA petition is certified. The petition for Krueger International in Tupelo and Pontotoc was certified on March 3, 2006.

Workers should visit any WIN Job Center across the state to determine their eligibility for TAA services..

GFI Learning Systems buys

Sylvan Learning Systems

COLUMBUS – GFI Learning Systems of Columbus has acquired Tupelo Sylvan Learning from Covenant Educational Services Inc. of Tupelo. GFI operates Sylvan Learning Centers in Mississippi in the Golden Triangle, DeSoto and Rankin Counties.

Sylvan Learning offers supplemental education and tutoring services to students in grades K-12 in the areas of beginning reading, academic reading, academic math, academic writing, study skills, advanced reading, and study skills.Sylvan’s tutoring is conducted by certified teachers who work with children through individualized instruction.

GFI is a limited partnership owned by two native Mississippians, Julie Jordan of Columbus and Elizabeth Cooper of West Point.

Julie Jordan is a native of Prentiss County and a graduate of Mississippi State University.

Elizabeth Cooper grew up in Yazoo County and returned to Mississippi in 2002 after working in marketing and operations throughout the U.S. She joined Jordan in 2004 to begin GFI and build a network of Sylvan Learning Centers in Mississippi.