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"It's a computer world now," says Jodi Wooding, who earned an associate degree at River Falls CVTC after her long-time employer closed its plant in Ellsworth. She now works in accounts payable and accounts receivable, is credit coordinator and does Web site maintenance at Paragon Lighting in Hudson.Submitted photo

Jobless at 46, woman goes to school

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Jodi Wooding was a single mom with limited education, two children to support and a job she loved -- until the specter that haunts many Americans hit her.

Wooding had worked at Foley Wood Products in Ellsworth for 13 years when in September 2004 the owners announced they'd sold the business and the plant would close.

"My initial thought was, 'What am I going to do? I'm 46 years old. What am I going to do?'" recalls Wooding.

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