Three members of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation--Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Senator Chris Murphy and Congressman John Larson--today hailed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s decision to end the Job Corps enrollment freeze. The three have worked for this decision for months, most recently sending a letter to DOL imploring them to use their authority to transfer addition funds to the Job Corps program and take other steps to end the freeze.
"The announcement that the student enrollment freeze will soon be lifted is great news for our Connecticut Job Corps centers," said DeLauro. "The freeze not only prevented the centers from providing additional young people with vital job training opportunities they need, but as I saw firsthand in New Haven it had a direct impact on the livelihoods of current students and the dedicated staff. I was proud to have fought to secure extra funding to transfer to the program and will continue to work to see that ultimately the program is put on a sustainable path and the New Haven and Hartford centers can increase the number of students they can serve."
Murphy said: "As a member of the committee that oversees the Job Corps program, I've been pushing for months to end this damaging enrollment freeze, and I'm pleased to see those efforts pay off. Job Corps centers are critical in this tough economy, helping young people secure employment by providing them with the tools they need to succeed. The Job Corps enrollment freeze has hurt some of the most vulnerable kids in Connecticut. I'll keep fighting for these centers so kids in Connecticut can more easily gain the skills they need to find a job."
"The Department of Labor is right to end the Job Corps enrollment freeze," said Larson. "Each year hundreds of youth are able to find a job with the help of training from The Hartford Job Corps Academy, recognized nationally for their success. These centers strengthen our communities and help young Americans lift themselves out of poverty and into meaningful careers. I am glad that each center can continue to enroll new youth and look forward to seeing the Job Corps Academy continue their important work in Hartford."
Started in 1964, Job Corps is an education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.