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Eve Cole, center, a former city of River Falls police employee for over two decades, talks about how the Healthcare Academy, part of CVTC's Bridges2healthcare program, helped get her back on her feet after her job was eliminated. At left is Sue Lane of Workforce Resource and at right is Brenda Scheurer, CVTC's Career Pathways coordinator. Last week, seven participants in the local program received their certificates in a brief ceremony at the St. Croix Jobs Center. Submitted photo

Displaced workers poised to launch healthcare careers

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When the city of River Falls decided to stop enforcing parking meters for a year, for most people it meant saving some dimes and quarters on downtown visits.

For Eve Cole, it meant the loss of a job she held for more than 20 years.

"My job was eliminated," said Cole, 52, of Ellsworth.

But Cole is getting set for a new career in healthcare, thanks to a program through Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) in cooperation with Workforce Resource.

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