The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

June 24, 2011

Job Corps: Help wanted?

Management company lists Ottumwa positions on its website

OTTUMWA — There appear to be dozens of job openings related to the new Job Corps facility in Ottumwa.

As of Thursday, Career Systems Development Corporation had about 70 help-wanted ads on its website. The postings indicated the positions were for the Job Corps Center in Ottumwa and included positions like math instructor, heavy equipment operator instructor, finance director, custodian and more.

The last information from the federal government announced they would name its selection for the management contract of the new Ottumwa facility on July 1. Sources told the Courier that CSD runs multiple Job Corps sites throughout the United States; according to the company’s website, they operate 10 facilities in seven states — California (2), Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine (2), New York (2), Pennsylvania and Texas.

The company’s webpage says it has been in operation since 1964, to help “at-risk youth through the contracted operation of Job Corps Centers.”

Since 2003, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, Indian Hills Community College President Jim Lindenmayer, Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker and other local leaders have been credited with working to establish a center in Ottumwa. Construction began in the summer of 2009.

There were 40 communities across the United States competing for a Job Corps site. But the U.S. Department of Labor said it preferred sites with community college ties. IHCC revved up efforts to attract the project to the area. For example, the federal government received the 27-acre property near the Ottumwa Regional Airport as a donation from the college.

Funded by the Department of Labor, the Job Corps program assists disadvantaged youth by providing education (high school diplomas or GED certificate) as well as vocational training in a residential setting, then placing graduates in jobs that use their newly acquired skills.

Attempts to reach Job Corps, the U.S. Department of Labor and CSD to confirm if CSD had been awarded the contract were unsuccessful by press time Thursday.

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