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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.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Center
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Is Still Thriving on Green Culture

Last April, eight students from the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center, in Greenville, Ky., traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the National Green Center Recognition Award. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis recognized these students and other Muhlenberg representatives for the center's outstanding efforts in energy and water conservation, installation of energy-efficient materials, and green student training projects.

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Construction Projects Improve Efficiency
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at Job Corps Centers Across the Country

The Cassadaga Job Corps Center, in Cassadaga, N.Y., completed a major renovation of its Culinary Arts building, refurbishing features from the ground up that improve its appearance and its functionality. Building improvements include new brickwork, drywall, and ceilings, as well as energy-saving features such as high-efficiency HVAC systems, windows, and lighting fixtures. The new design will also help the center withstand the harsh winter weather conditions in the area.

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ARRA Technological and Equipment Upgrades

While the majority of ARRA funds were dedicated to large construction projects like new dorms, new vocational buildings, and countless energy-efficient renovations to many Job Corps centers, sustainability was also achieved behind the scenes with the purchase of electric vehicles, training simulators, and new computers.

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Job Corps' Green Gadgets
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Training simulators and electric vehicles

To some, heavy equipment or a driving simulator might appear to be just another everyday training tool. However, these machines impact students and center life by saving energy and money, while keeping students' safety a priority.

For example, students from the Alaska Job Corps Center were able to learn to operate heavy machinery despite Alaska's challenging weather conditions. Simulators allow students to practice their skills in a variety of environments and weather conditions before they train on the real equipment on center.

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Cassadaga Job Corps Center
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Students Go Local and Organic

Students at the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy are exploring healthier lifestyles by adding fresh, locally grown options to their center cafeteria. They are also getting involved with a group that raises awareness of the importance of buying locally.

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Oneonta Job Corps Center
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Greenhouse Complex Educates Students and Saves Energy

A greenhouse complex at the Oneonta Job Corps Academy is making the campus more sustainable and will soon contribute to the well-being of the surrounding community.

Solar energy is collected to provide hot water to the greenhouse, and photovoltaic panels generate electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct-current electricity. The system generates enough electricity to power the entire complex.

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New Training Programs Offer Job Corps Students a Bright Future

In 2010, Job Corps added new advanced training programs to take advantage of growing green technology industries. Four of these programs, Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Thermal System Installer, Smart Meter Technician, Overhead Line Construction, and Underground Residential Distribution, began enrolling students late last year, and the first graduates should complete their training later this year.

Research into growing industries and future employment opportunities shows that these new programs will make Job Corps graduates even more attractive to employers in the coming years.

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Treasure Island Job Corps Center
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Urban Farm Wins Local Award

Treasure Island's 1-acre urban farm project won the 2010 Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) Award for Best Green Community Project, an award given by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services.

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Turner Job Corps Center
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Renovates A Former Chapel

A newly renovated 4,000square-foot former chapel on the Turner Job Corps Center campus will serve as a gathering place on center and allow the center to host community events.

ARRA funds enabled a complete renovation of a nearly abandoned structure that had not been usable for students. The center, which was formerly an Army and Air Force base, has many outdated buildings, including the former chapel. Staff and students at the Turner Center are proud to see significant improvements happening on campus due to ARRA funding.

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