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Job Corps Administrator

Grace Kilbane is the National Director for the Office of Job Corps, under the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA). As the National Director, she has the responsibility for leading the program and its 125 Job Corps centers throughout the country. The Job Corps program serves over 60,000 youth, ages 16-24, each year. The largely residential program offers participants opportunities to secure academic and vocational credentials and assists them with securing placement in education, employment, or the military upon graduation from the program.

Grace Kilbane
Job Corps National Director
Grace Kilbane

Previously, Ms. Kilbane has served as Administrator of most of ETA's programs including: the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) training programs for adults, youth and dislocated workers; the unemployment insurance program; the employment service; the trade act; labor market information; electronic tools; and foreign labor programs. A few highlights of her many accomplishments include: leading the implementation of the One-Stop Career Center system as its first National Director; leading the development of a new youth vision; enabling the innovation for states to take unemployment claims over the internet; implementing temporary extended unemployment compensation and the $8 billion Reed Act distribution to states in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; and, leading the rulemaking and implementation of new temporary worker programs including the H-1B visa for high-skilled workers. Ms. Kilbane began her career with the Department in 1988 as the Regional Administrator for ETA in Kansas City.

Prior to joining ETA, she served as Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services for almost six years. She also has more than eight years of experience directing programs at the city and county levels of government.

A native of Cleveland, she possesses a law degree and a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies.

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