Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Courier: Vol. 2, Issue 2 - April 2015

Chairman Rogers Kicks-Off Job Corps' 50th Anniversary Week at the Pine Knot Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center

On August 20, 1964, Congress passed “The Economic Opportunity Act” (EOA), which created the flagship Job Corps program. Across the nation, from Monday August 18 through Friday August 22, 2014, Congressional members, state and local officials, neighbors, and graduates gathered at 28 Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Job Corps program.

The Pine Knot Job Corps Civilian Conversation Center, on the Daniel Boone National Forest, welcomed Hal Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee as the Center’s key-note speaker for its 50th anniversary week kick-off celebration on Monday, August 18th.  The day began with tours of the center.  As their vehicle made its way up the road to Pine Knot’s gymnasium, Chairman Rogers and his staff were welcomed with an array of lawn signs celebrating the success of the program. Pine Knot Job Corps’ entire student body, campus staff, local elected officials, community and employer partners, and graduates and former staff erupted in a round of applause as Rogers walked into Pine Knot's gymnasium.  Highlights of the celebration included a performance by the McCreary Central High School Choir and presentation of the national colors by the McCreary Central High School Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, U.S. Forest Service Job Corps National Director, Tina Terrell recognized Chairman Rogers for his long-time support and advocacy of both protecting America's forest and its at-risk youth.  
Chairman Rogers posted this remark on his Facebook page, “Proud to join the Job Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Pine Knot Job Corps Center in McCreary County. Thank you for all of the community service efforts you provide to our region and the life-changing skills and education you provide to students from across the country. Congratulations!” To view Chairman Rogers' pictures and post, right click the link below:


Started in 1964 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, Job Corps provides career technical training and education for low-income young people ages 16 through 24.  The EOA assigned the U.S. Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers a unique conservation mission to “provide academic education and practical training in work-based learning to conserve, develop and manage, and enhance public natural resources and recreation areas, or to develop community projects in the public interest.” In Program Year 2013, 1,993 Forest Service Job Corps students volunteered 210,549 hours towards restoration and conservation on the nation’s public lands.  These hours have an independent sector volunteer hour value of $4,661,555 million dollars.


Forest Service Job Corps Centers have the capacity to house, educate, and train over 5,200 students, allowing them the opportunity to obtain a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma (GED) and receive vocational training in over 30 vocational trades, including Forestry, Urban Forestry, and Firefighting.  Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers graduate approximately 4,200 students each program year.