Fight’s On to Save Model Job Corps Center in Idaho: 77 Jobs, 282 Students, and Local Commerce to be Shuttered
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Contact: Brittany Holder
“It is hard for me to believe that the State of Idaho is continuing to move forward with the closure of the Centennial Job Corps Center,” stated Randy Erwin, NFFE National President, representing Centennial staff members. “Centennial is a model top-tier, taxpayer-friendly job training center that helps disadvantaged young people find their way in the world, and it brings jobs and revenue to the regional economy. The State of Idaho wants to throw all of that away because someone has their eye on the Centennial center land. It’s unreal, and it’s extremely unfair to the students, staff and local businesses that rely on Centennial.”
While exact plan is unclear, Idaho Labor Department officials have indicated that the state-run Idaho JOBCorps program will occupy a portion of the land where the Centennial center now sits, and the program will accept up to 50 residential students, a small fraction of what Centennial is designed to hold. In addition, the state-run program will not offer many of the programs currently offered through the U.S. Forest Service, including the celebrated Advanced Fire Management Trade Program where students train and serve as wildland firefighters and first responders to other natural disasters, such as floods and tornadoes.