08 Aug 2018

In the last month, the NJCA has held multiple meetings with leadership at the U.S. Department of Labor. These include meetings with Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella, two meetings with Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of Labor for Employment and Training Rosemary Lahasky, two meetings with Job Corps Advisor…

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08 Mar 2017
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“We’ve learned over time that small and large businesses across the nation trust their Job Corps centers and Job Corps graduates to meet their talent needs as evidence by that fact that over 100 local chambers of commerce, from Oklahoma to Connecticut and Florida to Alaska, have signed letters…

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06 Oct 2016
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Earlier today, the Friends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus endorsed the NJCA’s Job Corps Vision Paper.  “On behalf of bipartisan Friends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus, we strongly endorse the National Job Corps Association’s (NJCA) vision for improving and enhancing Job Corps services to further connect underserved youth to…

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08 Feb 2016

The U.S. Department of Education is accepting applications for its Talent Search Program.  The program is designed to identify qualified individuals from at-risk backgrounds with potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake postsecondary education.  Talent Search projects publicize the availability of,…

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17 Dec 2014

December 10, 2014 Late last night, the House released the FY 2015 Omnibus to fund the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Labor and Job Corps.  The proposed bipartisan agreement for Job Corps includes approximately $3 million in additional funds compared to FY 2014. The FY 2015 Omnibus includes…

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22 Oct 2014

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez traveled to Memphis on Wednesday to visit the Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center and wish Job Corps a happy 50th birthday. Secretary Perez toured the center, which is operated by MINACT, Inc., and spent time with students and graduates including a recent…

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22 Oct 2014

On Tuesday, July 22, President Obama signed the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act, completing its passage into law. The legislation was passed by near unanimous votes in both the Senate and House earlier this summer. The Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act (WIOA) reauthorizes the nation’s workforce development programs that…

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13 May 2013

During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last week, Labor Secretary-designate Thomas Perez was repeatedly pressed about his plans to improve the management of Job Corps. Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), each questioned Mr. Perez on his…

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13 May 2013

Members of Congress in the House and Senate distributed two separate Fiscal Year 2014 Dear Colleague letter April, calling for full Job Corps funding in 2014. Due to outreach led by long-time and bipartisan Job Corps champions in the House and Senate and endless efforts from Job Corps supporters…

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13 May 2013

The Job Corps student enrollment suspension was lifted in April, ending the three-month long nationwide policy that denied nearly 10,000 students from enrolling in Job Corps centers nationwide and cost nearly 400 people their jobs. The enrollment freeze, which was met with widespread criticism from members of Congress and…

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