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The Corps Network Urges Halt to Plans to Close or Transfer Management of Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers
Process to close or transfer management of 25 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers should be stopped until further information made available
WASHINGTON, DC (May 29, 2019) – The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, urges the Administration to cease plans to close or transfer the management of 25 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (Job Corps CCCs) until additional information about these plans is made publicly available.
Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network, provided the following comment:
The decision to close or transfer the management of the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers will directly affect thousands of lives and have far-reaching consequences in the rural communities where these programs are based. This plan will also negatively affect the U.S. Forest Service’s ability to manage wildfires. A decision of this magnitude needs to be made with full transparency and with the input of stakeholders. Before moving forward on efforts to reorganize the Job Corps CCC program, we urge the Administration to provide additional information about the rationale behind this arrangement; to release detailed plans for the reorganization process; and to provide an opportunity for comment.
Every year, the Job Corps CCCs provide a pathway out of poverty for thousands of rural young people. The program also provides the U.S. Forest Service with invaluable wildfire response support and a pool of talented and diverse potential employees. With limited information available, we are concerned about what will happen to the Job Corps CCC students and employees in the coming months. We are committed to working with Congress to seek clarity around this decision and ensure the Job Corps CCC community of staff and students is afforded fairness.
Job Corps is a federally-funded vocational program for low-income youth and young adults. Among the more than 100 Job Corps residential centers across the country, 25 locations –known as Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers – are operated by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The Job Corps CCCs are based in rural communities and primarily focus on training participants for forestry and conservation-related careers. On Friday, May 24, 2019, the USFS and U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced that, by the end of September 2019, nine Job Corps CCCs will close and management of the remaining 16 sites will be transferred to contract operators or other partners.
As a result of these changes to the Job Corps CCC program, more than 1,000 federal employees will lose their jobs and the more than 4,000 Job Corps CCC students will experience a disruption in their education and job training.
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The Corps Network, the national association of Service and Conservation Corps, provides leadership and support to over 130 Corps across the United States. Through advocacy, and providing Corps access to funding opportunities and expert guidance, The Corps Network annually enables more than 25,000 Corpsmembers to strengthen communities, improve the environment and transform their lives through service. To learn more about The Corps Network, please visit www.corpsnetwork.org.
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