On April 15th, 2020, a major explosion at the paper mill in Jay left many employees without jobs. Thankfully no one was killed or injured during the explosion that destroyed the pulp digester. However, Pixelle Specialty Solutions recently announced they would not replace the pulp digester, leaving many employees unsure of what the future would hold.

According to the Sun Journal, 177 laid-off employees of the paper mill owned by Pixelle Specialty Solutions in Jay are eligible for free college classes. Pixelle teamed up with the Maine Community College System to retrain laid-off employees, at no cost to them. Displaced workers will have until July of 2021 to pursue an associate’s degree or certification in one of 20 plus study areas for free.

These classes will be held at two different locations, Central Maine Community College in Auburn or Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.


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