EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSJob Corps In Charleston Remains Open During Shutdown
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Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 3, 2013 4:27 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 3, 2013 8:26 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
While many federal programs and agencies are all but closed down by the budget fight, the Charleston Job Corps has dodged the shutdown bullet.
The center is privately operated on a five-year contract with a yearly budget already approved until the end of June 2014.
The center's 250 students are still in class. 145 employees are on the job, even though the parent labor department is cutting back on mine inspections and laying off hundreds of people. A protracted closure could create problems for operator Horizons Youth Services, but the shutdown has no impact yet locally.
Some students were concerned when the budget shutdown took place, but school officials have assured them everything is OK. Horizons Youth Services operates the Job Corps classes on federal property.
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