Labor Department Suspends Job Corps Enrollment

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has suspended new enrollments in its Job Corps programs that could affect almost 30,000 prospective students and cause layoffs of up to 10,000 staff members. The Job Corps program provides opportunities for low-income youths to earn a high-school diploma, receive vocational training or earn certifications in more than 100 specializations.

Job Corps training centers are operated for the DOL by private contractors and other federal agencies through interagency agreements. The TCU/IAM Training Services Department operates nine Jobs Corps facilities with about 450 students. The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE/IAM) represents employees at 21 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) centers that are also part of the Job Corps program.

The TCU/IAM Training Services program has placed hundreds of workers in transportation industry and other jobs and has consistently received high rankings from the DOL for job placement, initial starting wages and success over the long term. Most of the NFFE/IAM CCC centers are in rural areas and take in thousands of at-risk youths every year.

“At a time when thousands of our nation’s young people are counting on the Job Corps to help them find good jobs, they are being shut out,” said TCU President Bob Scardelletti “The short-sighted enrollment freeze will harm our nation’s young workers, create a gap in training programs that will leave businesses short of the trained workers they need and cause potential layoffs of staff at Job Corps centers nationwide.”

“Civilian Conservation Corps centers give thousands of young people the gift of a future. With an 80% success rate, these centers turn at-risk youths into productive, tax-paying citizens,” said NFFE/IAM President William Dougan. “Freezing the student population is a surefire way to increase costs to taxpayers, as there will be fewer opportunities to help reform young people on the brink. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When you cut back on the prevention, you are stuck with the bill for a far more expensive cure.”

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