Sending Office: Honorable Marcia L. Fudge
Sent By:
Sarah.Nasta@mail.house.gov

Prioritize Job Corps Funding in FY 2019 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations

Closes COB March 15, 2018

Dear Colleague:

 

We are writing ask you to join us in an important letter to the House Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies that prioritizes funding for Job Corps in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.

 

Job Corps is at the forefront of addressing two of the greatest challenges America faces with respect to economic growth and jobs.  There are over five million young Americans who are neither employed nor in school.  At the same time, there are over five
million jobs that remain unfilled because employers cannot find workers that possess the skills they need, costing our economy billions of dollars each year.  Job Corps bridges this ‘skills gap’ by providing these youth with the career and technical education
they need for in-demand careers.

 

For more than fifty years, Job Corps has served as the premier career and technical education program for out-of-work and out-of-school youth nationwide.  Regardless of whether there is a Job Corps center in your district, youth from your community likely
have enrolled in Job Corps and employers in your community have hired them.  A recent analysis found that Job Corps increases participants’ weekly earnings by at least 11.6 percent and their likelihood of employment by at least 7.2 percent.  It has also decreased
their reliance on public benefits by 10 percent.  In addition, Job Corps has been at the forefront of innovative industry partnerships throughout its history including pioneering pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, work-based learning models, and other employer-led
models with Toyota, CVS, Hilton, Fluor Corporation, and many more.

 

If you are willing to sign the attached, please contact Sarah Nasta in Representative Marcia L. Fudge’s office (Sarah.Nasta@mail.house.gov), Kevin O’Keefe in Representative Lou Barletta’s office (Kevin.Okeefe@mail.house.gov),
Jonathan Halpern in Representative Sanford Bishop’s office (Jonathan.Halpern@mail.house.gov), or Meghan Schmidtlein in Representative Sessions’ office (Meghan.Schmidtlein@mail.house.gov).
 We look forward to your support to ensure that the Job Corps program remains strong in the future and continues to provide valuable training and job experience to our nation’s youth.

 

Sincerely,

 

/s/                                                         /s/

Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH)                   Lou Barletta (R-PA)

 

/s/                                                         /s/

Sanford Bishop (D-GA)                     Pete Session (R-TX)

 

March 19, 2018

 

The Honorable Tom Cole                                                                The Honorable Rosa DeLauro

Chairman                                                                                         Ranking Member

Labor, Health and Human Services,                                                Labor, Health and Human Services,

Education, and Related Agencies                                                    Education, and Related Agencies

House Committee on Appropriations                                             House Committee on Appropriations

Washington, D.C. 20515                                                                    Washington, D.C. 20515

 

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

 

As you continue your work in preparing the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, we urge you to include full funding to allow our nation’s Job Corps centers to sustain at least their
FY2017 operational capacity, expand work-based learning, apprenticeships, and employer-led models, and address critical safety-related facility needs.

 

Job Corps centers are at the forefront of addressing two of the greatest challenges America faces with respect to economic growth and jobs.  There are over five million young Americans who are neither employed nor in school.  At the same time, there are
over five million jobs that remain unfilled because employers cannot find workers that possess the skills they need, costing our economy billions of dollars each year.  Job Corps bridges this ‘skills gap’ by providing these youth with the career and technical
education they need for in-demand careers.

 

For more than fifty years, Job Corps has served as the premier career and technical education program for out-of-work and out-of-school youth nationwide.  A recent analysis found that Job Corps increases participants’ weekly earnings by 11.6 percent and
their likelihood of employment by 7.2 percent. In the same time, it has decreased reliance on public benefits by 10 percent.  Job Corps centers have been at the forefront of innovative industry partnerships including pioneering pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships,
and work-based learning models.

 

Job Corps centers are capable of serving more than 50,000 out-of-work and out-of-school youth each year.  We encourage you to prioritize investments to ensure centers can continue connecting as many youth as possible with careers.  Job Corps’ appropriations
include essential priorities that would expand vocational skills, work-based learning, and apprenticeships, as well as increase resources for mental health and substance abuse counseling.

 

We appreciate your ongoing support and urge you to provide full funding for Job Corps in FY 2019.  Your support will allow Job Corps to continue providing effective career and technical education to the most vulnerable young Americans in our communities.

 

Sincerely,

 

_________________________                                      _________________________

Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH)                                                  Lou Barletta (R-PA)

Member of Congress                                                        Member of Congress

 

_________________________                                      _________________________

Sanford Bishop (D-GA)                                                    Pete Sessions (R-TX)

Member of Congress                                                        Member of Congress

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