Rep. Miller Praises Suspension of Enrollment Freeze at Job Corps Centers

Washington, Apr 26, 2013 -

Earlier this year, as a result of budget deficits created by poor fiscal management, the Department of Labor instituted a freeze on new student enrollment at the nation’s 125 Job Corps Centers which provide educational and career training services to at-risk and low-income students. I strongly opposed the freeze and joined a bipartisan group of seventy-one lawmakers in calling on the Department to find alternative cost-savings.

While it was expected to last through June, I am pleased to report that the Department has decided to end the enrollment freeze effective immediately. This is great news, especially for students here in the 31st District.  I recently had the opportunity to tour the Inland Empire Job Corps Center in San Bernardino, which is one of the highest-performing Job Corps Centers in the nation. The Center is doing incredible work helping students acquire the education and job skills they need to compete in today’s economy, and I am glad that the Center will be able to resume enrolling new students.

That said it is long past time for the Department of Labor to improve its administration of the program. It is unacceptable that vulnerable students who want the opportunity to learn and contribute to our economy were denied essential services due to the Department’s financial mismanagement. It is absolutely essential that the Department improve its management practices and prevent this situation from occurring again.

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