Federal cuts will slash Clearfield Job Corps population in half

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  • Alaska cats Wasilla, AK
    Jan. 22, 2013 11:15 p.m.

    Job Corps is not a program for troubled kids. Check your local "free"public school and find out how much each student costs the taxpayers. We get students who have tried the public school system and not been taught enough to pass state high school graduation qualifying exams. Teachers at Job Corps are paid a lot less and are far better at teaching students with learning difficulties. The staff at all Job Corps centers are held accountable for their performance and the success of the students. The pay for staff is a lot lower than pay in the private sector and the public sector. Before anyone decides Job Corps is just another government program wasting taxpayer money you should learn about the program. It costs a lot less than housing people in prisons. People who are able to work to support their families also pay taxes. We produce new taxpayers.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 12, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    Cuts would hurt less, if we weren't so dependent on the Feds for so many things.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    Is less funding good or bad for the country as a whole? How effective is this Job Corps program?

    What skills are learned (not taught, but actually learned) that were not taught (but perhaps not learned) in free public high schools?

    What is the track record for the Job Corps program in terms of number of graduates getting a paying private sector job upon graduation? How many are still employed in that, or a better job 1, 2 or 3 years later? Is there no method of teaching these skills other than taxpayer funded programs?

    Or, is this the typical federal program which doles out money for make-work projects that helps people avoid getting actual hard work jobs where they would get paid by a private employer?

    My guess is that we have thrown billions of dollars down the Job Corps drain with very limited results. However, it probably has resulted in thousands of loyal Democrat voters with community organizing skills.

    Defund the whole thing, we are broke and too deeply in debt to fund ANY marginal programs.