ATI plans to lay off 172 workers in North Richland Hills

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- ATI Schools & Colleges plans to lay off 172 employees by Dec. 31, according to notices sent to the Texas Workforce Commission last week.

ATI is laying off 122 people at its home office at 6331 Boulevard 26 in North Richland Hills, according to an Oct. 31 letter citing the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act of 1998. That notice explains that ATI has decided to reduce its workforce at that location.

Another 50 people are expected to be laid off from ATI Career Training Center No. 30, located at nearby 6351 Boulevard 26, states a second notice sent to the state.

"All positions and jobs at the facility will be eliminated," stated the notice signed by Steve Lovig, vice president for human resources and benefits. "It is anticipated that 50 employees will be affected by the closure."

Lovig was unable for comment on Tuesday.

Mark Lavergne, spokesman for the Texas Workforce Commission, said in an email that they have been communicating with ATI management to make sure students at the school are minimally impacted. The state also wants to make sure students can either complete their training or receive refunds.

"Ensuring that students can complete their training or get their money back is a top priority for TWC," Lavergne stated.

ATI, a for-profit higher education company, has struggled with problems in the past, including sanctions from the Texas Workforce Commission for misreporting graduate employment rates.

In March, ATI announced the "wind-down" of operations at locations at Dallas Maple Avenue, Lewisville, Richardson and Waco.

ATI offers training in health care, automotive repair, welding, heating and air conditioning repair at campuses in Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

Diane Smith, (817) 390-7675

Twitter: @dianeasmith1

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