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The Job Corps ARRA Journey

The ARRA Electronic Report (E-Report) was created to provide a detailed overview of how Job Corps used its $250 million in Recovery Act funds at various centers across the country. The report is broken down into five sections – Economic Impact, Green Training, Center Construction, Green Culture, and Outreach – and each section contains text and photos and/or videos that explain how ARRA funds impacted all aspects of the Job Corps program.

For many months, our staff, students, and contractors have worked together to collect stories, pictures, and video testimonials that portray the countless ARRA initiatives and projects taking place at our centers. This report is a compilation of those stories, and every center that received funding is represented in this report.

The entire report can be found at http://arrareport.jobcorps.gov, but a brief description of each section and what it includes is provided below in order to help you navigate the site.

Economic Impact

The Economic Impact section of the E-Report shows how Job Corps construction projects funded by the Recovery Act had a positive impact on several local economies and helped create and maintain jobs for many local businesses. Some of the projects highlighted here are the new dorm at the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the brand-new Ottumwa Job Corps Center in Iowa.

Green Training

The Green Training section of the E-Report gives an overview of the four new advanced training areas that were launched, as well as the green elements that were added to existing career technical training programs in three initial industries: Construction, Advanced Manufacturing, and Automotive and Machine Repair. Through numerous photos and videos, Job Corps students showcase how their additional green training is preparing them for the workforce, and in some cases, how their training led to full-time jobs.

Center Construction

More than $211 million in Recovery Act funds was allocated to centers for construction projects, including renovations and new buildings, such as dorms, training facilities, and cafeterias. This section of the E-Report highlights some of these construction projects and provides examples of how our campuses are becoming more sustainable.

Green Culture

This section represents how Recovery Act funds allowed our students and staff members to change the way they do things on center. From installing energy-efficient light bulbs to purchasing driver’s education simulators, our centers are reinforcing a more energy-efficient culture on campuses throughout the country. Here, our students and staff discuss the different ways in which we are implementing energy-efficient practices in our day-to-day lives.

Outreach

This section demonstrates how Job Corps communicated the progress of ARRA-funded projects to both internal and external audiences through e-newsletters, materials, presentations, and television spots. The section contains thumbnail examples of e-newsletters, informative one-pagers, PowerPoint presentations, and logos. It also includes examples of the TV spots created specifically to promote Job Corps’ ARRA training programs, media clips, and numerous pictures and videos of the program’s Earth Day Every Day initiative. Each page in this section illustrates Job Corps' commitment to being transparent in how every ARRA dollar was used to meet the goals of the Administration.