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May 21, 2021

Tester Pushes Administration to Reopen Job Corps Centers for In-Person Activities

Senator has been Montana’s leading defender of Job Corps Centers, passing legislation to prevent their closure in 2019

As an increasing number of Montanans are vaccinated and Montana's economy reopens thanks to the recently passed American Rescue Plan, U.S. Senator Jon Tester pushed Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to issue guidance on resuming in-person activities at Job Corps Centers. Montana's two Job Corps Centers in Darby and Anaconda awaiting that guidance, leaving hundreds of young Montanans in limbo.

"Job Corps centers are critical components to communities across the nation, and the two centers in Montana are no different," wrote Tester. "Last year, the outbreak of the public health emergency in March forced nearly all on-campus activities to shut down abruptly and the ongoing pandemic continues to drastically impact the operation of Job Corps. While I am encouraged that the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a phased reopening in October, I am alarmed that Job Corps centers are still awaiting guidance from the Department about moving ahead with resumption of in-person activities."

Tester continued: "The Trapper Creek Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center and the Anaconda Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (CCC) provide hundreds of Montana youth with practical skills, service learning opportunities, and career and technical education...I urge DOL to issue updated guidance for Job Corps operations in order to expedite students' return to these important programs and to ensure that another class of participants does not miss out on the opportunities that impacted so many students last year."

Job Corps Civilian Conservation Corps Centers operate in 17 national forests and grasslands across 16 states-including Montana-and train over 4,000 young adults a year, many of whom are at-risk youth from low-income, rural communities, providing critical skills to help them succeed in a 21st century economy.

Tester has been Montana's leading champion defending the Trapper Creek and Anaconda Job Corps Centers. In 2019, when the Trump Administration attempted to close or privatize the centers, Tester led the fight to reverse the decision. After sustained pressure from Tester, the Administration caved and kept the centers open, but Tester pushed legislation through Congress and into law to protect the centers moving forward.

Read Tester's full letter to Secretaries Walsh and Vilsack HERE.

 

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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