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U.S. Department of Labor plans to close 1 local Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center

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The U.S. Department of Labor will close a local Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (CCC).

Two others in the mountains will continue to operate under a new contract and partnership.

The release states that the LBJ CCC in Franklin and the Schenck CCC in Pisgah Forest will remain open under a new contract and partnership.

Oconaluftee CCC in Cherokee has been recommended for deactivation.

This is a developing story and News 13 will continue to follow any updates.

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The U.S. Department of Labor's press release from Friday is posted below:

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor accepted a letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stating the USDA's Forest Service will withdraw from operating Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (CCC). This action creates an opportunity to serve a greater number of students at higher performing centers at a lower cost to taxpayers by modernizing and reforming part of the Job Corps program.
The U.S. Department of Labor reviewed the CCCs performance and outcome measurements, internal controls, capacity and proximity, costs, and ongoing needs of each CCC against the overall Job Corps program to determine the best path forward.
Accordingly, the majority of CCC operations will be replaced by new contract operators or a partnership overseen by Department of Labor. Centers with new operators will implement new policies and approaches that will offer students the skills they need to earn an independent living and succeed in meaningful in-demand jobs.
Implementation will be done in a way that minimizes impact on students, allowing each student to complete their technical training program or transfer to another center to do so.
Sixteen CCCs will continue under a new contract operator or partnership: Angell CCC in Yachats, Oregon; Boxelder CCC in Nemo, South Dakota; Centennial CCC in Nampa, Idaho; Collbran CCC in Collbran, Colorado; Columbia Basin CCC in Moses Lake, Washington; Curlew CCC in Curlew, Washington; Great Onyx CCC in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky; Harpers Ferry CCC in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; Lyndon Johnson CCC in Franklin, North Carolina; Jacobs Creek CCC in Bristol, Tennessee; Mingo CCC in Puxico, Missouri; Pine Ridge CCC in Chadron, Nebraska; Schenck CCC in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina; Trapper Creek CCC in Darby, Montana; Weber Basin CCC in Ogden, Utah; and Wolf Creek CCC in Glide, Oregon.
A Federal Register Notice will propose nine CCCs for deactivation: Anaconda CCC in Anaconda, Montana; Blackwell CCC in Laona, Wisconsin; Cass CCC in Ozark, Arkansas; Flatwoods CCC in Coeburn, Virginia; Fort Simcoe CCC in White Swan, Washington; Frenchburg CCC in Frenchburg, Kentucky; Oconaluftee CCC in Cherokee, North Carolina; Pine Knot CCC in Pine Knot, Kentucky; and Timber Lake CCC in Estacada, Oregon.
Focusing on the best possible outcome for students now and in the future, the Department will increase student access to Job Corps centers with the highest sustained student performance outcomes. The Department will continue to ensure student access to the program through a commitment to maintain at least one Job Corps center in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
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