NFFE and Allies Convince Administration to Save Federal Job Corps Program and Avoid Biggest Federal Layoff in Decade
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brittany Holder
“The Administration made a good decision to reverse course on the closure of the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers,” stated Randy Erwin, NFFE National President. “The CCC centers provide critical job training for thousands of young people, and the centers employ more than a thousand people from rural communities across the country. This plan was a bad idea from the very start. Eliminating these centers would have been very damaging to our country, particularly for small, rural communities where most of these centers are located. It was a good move to reconsider this before it was too late.”
Since 1964, the CCC centers evolved to offer career vocations and technical education to help young people get jobs in fields of high demand. Serving a dual purpose, CCC students provide forest maintenance and firefighting while receiving advanced job training in more than 30 disciplines. The program serves approximately 5,000 students who contribute hundreds of thousands of hours of service each year to the national forests, saving the U.S. taxpayer millions of dollars. A layoff of more than 1,100 CCC employees would have been the biggest layoff of federal workers in over a decade.