Elected Official & Community Support
Although Republicans and Democrats in Congress have found little to agree upon in recent years, their endorsement of Job Corps is a strong exception. On both sides of the aisle, the successful Job Corps training program enjoys widespread support. Here are just a few of these endorsements:
"Education is a tool that enables people to improve their lives and market their abilities. When people have marketable skills, they are more productive citizens who help improve the nation. Job Corps offers an education that fills a need not addressed by other educational options."
U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)
"Job Corps has been successful where many other federal programs have failed. As the premier federal dropout recovery program, Job Corps finds kids who fall between the cracks for one reason or another and transforms them into confident, independent, taxpaying members of our communities."
U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
"Job Corps is a great program that not only uses its resources effectively, but also enhances the quality of life for the nation's young people. The Job Corps program helps young adults broaden their minds, learn skills and better prepare for the future so they may provide for themselves and their families."
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
"Job Corps is one of the most important programs we have for young people."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
"Job Corps centers all across our nation, and in the state of Ohio, have helped jump-start careers and put students’ aspirations within reach. The work done by Job Corps benefits not only its students but the entire state."
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
"The Job Corps program provides young Kentuckians with the tools and training they need to succeed in today’s tough job market. During difficult economic times this program is perhaps more important than ever. I look forward to continuing to do all I can to support the Job Corps program."
U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
"The job market is ever evolving. The skill set students need to get ahead is constantly changing. Job Corps know this. Job Corps changes along with the world around us. And it makes sure students are ready to succeed in that world."
U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
"I’m a big believer in second chances because I often feel I was given a second chance. That’s what Job Corps is. It isn’t a hand out. It’s a hand up. I’m excited when young people tell me they are developing new skills so they can change their careers."
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis
"I am very impressed by the students at the Brunswick Job Corps Center and their desire to improve their education and reach their career goals."
U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
"Job Corps actively works with local employers to ensure the skills they are teaching students correspond with the needs of the local economy. In fact, 75 percent of Job Corps graduates secure employment, enter the military, or pursue higher education. This program has a proven record of training out-of-school, out-of-work, at-risk youth, and gives them the opportunity to succeed. An investment in Job Corps will produce astonishing returns."
U.S. Representative Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY)