Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin are asking the Federal Labor Department to reverse an enrollment freeze at Job Corps, a technical training and GED program with sites around the country, including Exeter, Rhode Island.
In a letter, a group of 17 senators say the freeze will have an adverse effect on thousands of young people.
Job Corps is a national career training program for students students aged 16-24. Tuition is free, and the program offers training in construction trades, manufacturing and health care, among other fields. Courses of study vary by location.
The program has apparently been running in deficit since 2011. The Senators say they are “troubled and disturbed” that funding shortfalls exist and appear to be growing. They question the Labor Department’s oversight of the program.
Reed, Whitehouse and others have requested an immediate accounting of the financial situation at Job Corps along with projections for enrollment prospects for the next year of the program.