An Ogden job training company has won an $8 million contract to operate a Job Corps Center in Iowa.

The Management Training Corp. of Ogden has been awarded a two-year contract to operate the Denison (Iowa) Job Corps Center, which has a training capacity of 300 students.The Job Corps program is operated by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide training programs for disadvantaged youth.

The contract also contains provisions for three additional years of operation at the option of the government. The center will train students from the state of Iowa in various skill areas, including culinary arts, health occupations, clerical occupations, building trades and others.

The corporation currently operates 14 other Job Corps centers throughout the country. It provides facility management and operations for General Services Administration facilities, state correctional services, and owns Meridian Publishing Inc., in Ogden.

R.L. Marquardt, president and chairman of the corporation, said "We are especially pleased with this new contract because it expands our business in the Midwestern part of the country. The contract was heavily competed and the selection of MTC further attests to the confidence of the government in our company to operate quality programs for our nation's disadvantaged youth."