Idaho will be the first state in the nation to assume operational control of a federal Job Corps center, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor.
In July, the Department of Labor will transfer operational control of the Centennial Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center property in Nampa from the U.S. Forest Service to the Idaho Department of Labor.
“I am proud that Idaho is the first state to be trusted with this important program,” Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said in the press release.
Otter said the Idaho Job Corps model is meant to increase enrollment and access to education and work-based learning for out-of-school and at-risk Idaho youth by using existing resources and programs.
“Job Corps must focus on what matters most: graduating students into better jobs,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said in the release.
Through a federal grant, this state-operated Job Corps demonstration project, known as the Idaho JOBCorps Program, will provide flexibility for Idaho to develop and implement a customized, state-based approach to serving Idaho Job Corps students.
The Idaho Department of Labor will be directly responsible for project outreach, recruitment, work-based learning and employment-related services. The College of Western Idaho will deliver skills instruction at the current Centennial Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center.
In the first full grant year, the Idaho JOBCorps Program will serve up to 50 residential students and up to 100 non-residential students through CWI, pending approval from the CWI board of trustees. In the second and third years of the grant, the Idaho JOBCorps Program will expand to serve up to an additional 150 non-residential students annually at other community colleges in Idaho.
“This money will be used to customize learning opportunities that fit the unique needs of our state’s future workforce,” said Idaho Gov.-elect Brad Little. “The best hand up is a rewarding career.”