SHAHEEN: JOB CORPS CENTER WILL CREATE LOCAL JOBS, PROVIDE CRITICAL TRAINING TO YOUNG NEW HAMPSHIRE WORKERS

February 14, 2013

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today applauded the news that the construction of the Manchester Job Corps Center has taken a step forward with the selection of an apparent winning bid for the construction of the center. Shaheen voiced her hope that construction will begin shortly and create new jobs for New Hampshire workers.

“The Manchester Job Corps Center is all about giving young American workers the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to compete for quality work,” said Shaheen. “I have been working for over a decade, since my time as Governor, to bring a Job Corps Center to New Hampshire and I am encouraged to see that we are taking a step in the right direction. At a time when too many New Hampshire citizens struggle to find work, the Job Corps Center will spur hiring in the local construction industry and provide critical training to young workers looking to enter high-growth industries.”

The Department of Labor identified Bedford-based Eckman Construction as the apparent winning bidder pending technical review. Once completed, the Job Corps Center will provide academic and career training to economically disadvantaged youth aged 16-24 years. The residential education and job training facility will be focused on the fast-growing industries of homeland security, healthcare and hospitality. New Hampshire is one of only two states that does not currently have a Job Corps Center and Shaheen has been a long-time, vocal advocate of bringing the program to the state.

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