Kenosha: Rebirth Of A Rust Belt RelicSusan Chandler
When Carol Vandenberg, a 15-year veteran of the Chrysler assembly line in Kenosha, Wis., heard her plant was closing in late 1988, she thought the town "was going to fold." The divorced mother of two, who had been pulling down $15 an hour at Chrysler, sold her house and moved in with a friend. But Vandenberg didn't give up. She enrolled in computer classes at a local technical school, and today she's a computer troubleshooter for a local bank. Yes, she makes less money now than as an auto worker. But at least she's able to put a child through college.
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