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Job Corps resolution advances

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, April 12, 2013

Assembly Joint Resolution 13 (AJR 13) by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) expresses the support by the California Legislature for congressional action to reverse the suspension of new student enrollments in the Job Corps program, the nation’s largest career technical training and education program for low-income, disadvantaged youth. This bill is supported by CMTA as an important job training and educational tool that prepares young adults for the world of work. 

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor, which administers the program, placed an abrupt freeze on admissions due to financial pressures resulting from administrative challenges. Cost-savings options were offered by the Job Corps service providers to avoid this service suspension but not adopted. 

Job Corps California serves the nation’s largest proportion of students, serving over 5,300 disadvantaged youth at seven centers throughout the state – San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego. Job Corps offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas, including manufacturing, and all training programs are aligned with industry certifications and designed to meet the requirements of today’s jobs. Job Corps California centers have awarded over 8,000 young men and women with fully-accredited public school diplomas. The National Job Corps Association reports the combined economic activity stimulated by the California centers is over $243 million and its operations have resulted in 2,971 local jobs.

AJR 13 passed out of the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy Committee this week on an 8 to 0 vote and is headed for consideration on the Assembly Floor. As a joint resolution, it only requires the approval of the Assembly and the Senate to take effect; the Governor’s signature is not needed.

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