The federal government plans to close a Job Corps training center in southwestern Oklahoma after it received the lowest performance indicators in the country.
Treasure Lake Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Indiahoma is the only center targeted for closure following a review by the Labor Department. The center, which is in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, is one of four Job Corps centers in Oklahoma.
Job Corps programs are residential centers for 16-to-24 year olds. The programs provide economically disadvantaged youth with academic, career and technical skills to enter the workforce, enroll in higher education, or enlist in the military.
The Labor Department, in a notice this week in the Federal Register, said Treasure Lake was the lowest performing center from 2008 to 2012 and would be closed.
The department is taking public comments on the closure plans until Sept. 26.
“Chronic underperformance in a center, despite repeated and varied efforts by the department to improve its performance, is a circumstance that cannot be allowed to persist,” the department said in the closure notice. “Closing such a center not only allows the program to better serve the nation’s youth in acquiring career skills through quality job training, but also results in a more effective use of the program’s resources.”
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