Sending Office: Honorable Marcia L. Fudge
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Dear Colleague:

We are asking you to join us in an important letter to the Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and Related Services (Labor-HHS) that prioritizes funding for Job Corps in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020
Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations spending bill.

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 4.5 million young Americans who are neither employed nor in school. At the same time, there are over 7.3 million
jobs that remain unfilled because employers cannot find workers that possess the skills they need, costing our economy billions.1 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 50 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 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% and their likelihood of employment by at least 7.2% while decreasing reliance on public benefits
by 10%.2 Over its history, Job Corps has also been at the forefront of innovative industry partnerships including pioneering pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, work-based learning models, and other employer-led models with Toyota, CVS, Hilton, Fluor Corporation
and many more.

Below you will find a draft of the aforementioned letter. If you are willing to sign, please have your staff contact Jonathan Briggs in Representative Marcia L. Fudge’s office (Jonathan.Briggs@mail.house.gov), Alex Mackey in Representative David “Phil” Roe’s,
M.D. office (Alex.Mackey@mail.house.gov), Jonathan Halpern in Representative Sanford D. Bishop’s office (jonathan.halpern@mail.house.gov), Hart Thompson in Representative Earl L. “Buddy” Carter’s office (Hart.Thompson@mail.house.gov) or Paul Johnson in Representative
Rob Bishop’s office (Paul.Johnson@mail.house.gov). We look forward to your support and efforts to ensure that the Job Corps program continues its much needed work to both the employers in seeking to fill positions, as well as with our students in receiving
purposeful training.

Sincerely,

 

Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH)                Sanford D. Bishop (D-GA)         

Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA)      David P. Roe, M.D. (R-TN)

Rob Bishop (R-UT)

 

Dear Chairwomen Lowey and DeLauro and Ranking Members Granger and Cole:

As you continue your work in preparing the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, we urge you to include funding to allow our nation’s Job Corps centers to sustain their full operational
capacity and to address critical safety-related facility needs that have led to unexpected center closures and reduced services to students.

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 4.5 million young Americans who are neither employed nor in school. At the same time, there are over
7.3 million jobs that remain unfilled because employers cannot find workers that possess the skills they need, costing our economy billions. 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 50 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% and their likelihood
of employment by 7.2% while decreasing reliance on public benefits by 10%.1 Over its history, Job Corps centers have also been at the forefront of innovative industry partnerships including pioneering pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, work-based learning
models, and other employer-led models with Toyota, CVS, Hilton, Fluor Corporation and many more.

Job Corps centers are capable of serving more than 50,000 out-of-work and out-of-school youth each year and we encourage you to prioritize investments to ensure our Job Corps centers can connect as many youth as possible with careers. Job Corps FY 2020 appropriations
should include resources to address the substantial backlog in Job Corps construction, rehabilitation, and acquisition projects identified by the U.S. Department of Labor.

We appreciate your ongoing support of Job Corps and urge you to prioritize our request to provide sufficient funding for Job Corps to fill its beds and classrooms and ensure its facilities are safe. Your support will allow Job Corps to continue its track-record
of providing effective career and technical education to many of the most vulnerable young Americans in our communities.

Sincerely,

 

Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH)               Sanford D. Bishop (D-GA)

Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA)     David P. Roe, M.D. (R-TN)

Rob Bishop (R-UT)

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