“Our students regularly tell us stories about how they enrolled in Job Corps to escape gangs, an unstable home life or an unsafe community that made it impossible to pursue their education and career goals,” Jeffrey Barton, director of the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Academy in Morganfield, Ky., said at a recent House hearing.
But with two homicides at training centers in 2015, the Job Corps’s record for providing a safe environment has taken a shot. That reputation wasn’t helped by the testimony of Larry D. Turner, the Labor Department’s deputy inspector general, at the House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing.
And that bad rap, despite all the good Job Corps does training a largely disadvantaged group of 16- to 24-year-olds, leaves the program vulnerable to President Trump’s proposed budget cuts.
Even after a series of reports on Job Corps student safety, Turner said the agency continues to fall short in three areas:“Not reporting potentially serious criminal misconduct to law enforcement” Read more at WashingtonPost