Some soon to be unemployed sock mill workers in Ft. Payne are being offered educational opportunities thanks to a $125,000 grant. Government and education representatives met in DeKalb County Tuesday, with Gildan-Prewett Hosiery employees who are scheduled for a lay-off to provide assistance and explain how they can take advantage of free continuing education classes. About 850 Gildan-Prewett employees who have been, or will be laid-off by the end of June, are eligible for the free classes, which are made possible thanks to a $125,000 grant recently obtained by Northeast Alabama Community College Adult Education Director, Randall White. Those classes will be offered at the Gildan Technology Center in Ft Payne beginning July 6th, and will include courses in GED preparation, college-readiness, reading and English as a second language. Linda McCain, Manager of the Ft Payne Career Center, stated that the displaced Gildan-Prewett workers, who sign up for the free courses, could also be eligible to extend their unemployment benefits.WEIS Radio – Ft. Payne Times Journal