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Obama Is Closing Jobs Corps Training Centers

From the Washington Post:

Job Corps closes the door on new recruits

By Sarah Halzack and Josh Hicks | February 16, 2013

The Department of Labor has suspended new enrollment into one of the nation’s largest job-training programs for low-income youths, citing cost overruns that critics have blamed on mismanagement.

"Cost overruns" and "mismanagement"? From a government bureaucracy?!

The Job Corps enrollment freeze could close the door on as many as 30,000 young adults struggling in a troubled economy and could cost about 10,000 staff jobs, according to the association that represents private operators for the program.

What, these 10,000 people who train people for jobs training won’t be able to find a job?

More than 70 members of Congress from both parties have written to the department requesting explanations for the program’s shortfall, which sources familiar with the budgeting process have pegged at $61.5 million. Two lawmakers have also complained to the White House…

This is not yesterday’s success story about how the Obama administration is having to ‘wind down’ the health exchanges in Obama-Care for people with pre-existing conditions because they have run out of money. It just sounds like it.

And they can’t even blame this on the sequester.

“The timing of this freeze could not be worse,” Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) said Tuesday. “Though our economy is adding jobs, the number of unemployed remains high. If you add to that the fact that many of the unemployed do not possess the basic skills to fill even the few jobs that are available, what you have is a country standing at a crossroads.”

Clearly we need to extend federal unemployment benefits again.

Job Corps, which opened its first center in 1965, was a vanguard of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s war on poverty. The free program gives young adults a chance to earn a high school diploma, receive vocational training or earn certifications in more than 100 specializations…

And it is famous for all of the jobs it has led to over the forty eight years. (Not.)

Democratic lawmakers following the program’s budget issues say they are frustrated by the lack of a response from the Labor Department, which also halted enrollment briefly last summer and in December. Before 2011, the program had never halted enrollment…

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), whose district includes one of the largest Job Corps centers in the country, said he sees “evidence of mismanagement of money.”

The hell you say!

Labor Department officials said they paused enrollment after other cost-cutting efforts fell short. They expect the freeze, which started in January, to last until June 30…

Teryn McRae, 20, said he was approved for enrollment at Job Corps and was to begin training Feb. 5. The Northeast Washington resident planned to study computer networking, a specialty he hoped could help him better provide for his 1-year-old daughter [sic]. Previously, he had worked minimum-wage jobs at chain restaurants.

McRae said the enrollment freeze “crushed me because all my avenues closed. I felt like all my windows and doors of opportunity closed.”

Well, that is the chance you take when you put your fate in the hands of a government program.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Is Closing Jobs Corps Training Centers”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Sounds like one of those articles we see weekly about the demise of the Post Office. Mismanagement, mis-using of funds.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    HahahaHehehehehe … (gasp) … geebus this is better comedy that watching a Saudi jaiker cutting off a thief’s hands.

  3. mr_bill says:

    Are the job corpse-men going to be out of jobs?

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