CLEARFIELD -- When the Department of Labor imposed a mandatory enrollment freeze on 125 Job Corps campuses, Clearfield's Job Corps program complied with a four-month admissions suspension.
Now, campus officials have announced in a news release that since April the freeze has been lifted, allowing them to take in new students.
The program, which provides disadvantaged people ages 16-24 with career training and job placements, was forced to cease enrollment because of a national office budget shortfall, something center director Jessica Joiner is glad to see end.
"We are tremendously proud of the 1,600 graduates who leave our program with jobs or choose to further their education. Our employers provide us with positive feedback, and we are happy to be a workforce resource for them, contributing to the success of Utah's economy," Joiner said in the news release.
January also heralded the announcement that 534 job slots had been cut from the center, reducing the 1,057 student population by half.
The center offers training in such areas as automotive, welding, machining, culinary arts, office administration, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, tile setting, material handling and health care.
People accepted into the program are given access to a fully operational gymnasium and are provided with a campus life similar to what they will experience in the professional world and in college.
Clearfield Job Corps was one of several centers affected around the country, many of which were forced to reduce their enrollment numbers.