Job Corps Fraud Blog

Nationwide mismanagement of Job Corps calls for action!

Albuquerque, Iroquois and Gainsville Job Corps Center comments

-“When the CD at Iroquois was interviewing for her admin asst. she wasnt looking for someone that was properly trained for that postition. She wanted someone who she could be buddies with and control. The one she hired just completed Job Corps with just a completion in Bus. Tech. Wow if I thought that that is all you had to do to get a position like that and get paid what she is getting paid I should have gone through JC. I worked there for almost 6 years and was cross trained in numerous positions to cover for anyone who was not there and my pay was pathetically way lower than the admin asst.

There are several students that have photos and videos of the CD having inappropriate interactions (if you know what I mean) with female students. And when they are questioned about said evidence mysteriously they are termed. HUH What a coincidence.

The CD went to NYC and went on a shopping spree on JC’s bill. She called corporate and told them because her center is doing so good she was gonna treat herself to some very name brand high prices purses and shoes. Who the hell does this bi*ch think she is. There are staff on that center barely making ends meet and this bi*ch is spending the tax payers money left and right on herself. She makes over 100,000.00/yr and just sits in her office play games with female students who should be in class.


-“I hate to say it but maybe we could let the right wing Republican groups know that their tax dollars are going to support Job Corps centers where students and staff are doing drugs and having sex, along with all the graft that is going on. These right wing groups are some of the most organized political groups in the country and the Republicans want Job Corps shut down. One thing that I got from reading the 1995 congressional hearings was that Congress knew about the problems at Job Corps for years yet they continue to support the program. Congress used poor and minority youth as pawns for throwing money at the program when we all know that the students at Job Corps are only cash cows.

It costs $35,000 to send a student to Job Corps, when a college tution at a state school is around $16,000 per year, plus around $6,000 for room and board. At UNM it costs $7,000 per year for in state tuition, room and board is about $6,000 per year, and all New Mexico students can get their tution paid through out college by a lottery scholarship if they maintain a 2.5. The local Albuquerque community college provides the same services as Job Corps and more programs at $40 fee for vocational training and around $450 per semester for full time college. There are more trades covered at this school than Job Crops and these trades geared to the 21st century technology.

Most colleges have changed since 1960 to supporting students in getting their degrees. There is help for students that have learning disabilities. Even the public schools have changed with the times and met the 21st digital generation’s needs. My opinion on Job Corps is that the program is outdated and it hasn’t changed very much since 1964. The new discipline program that was introduced at Job Corps dates back to 1960 and there is only one school in the U.S. that uses it. Putting people in a diamond and labeling them doesn’t work. The only reason why this program is in place is becasue it’s cheap and you don’t have to hire qualified people with Master’s degrees to use it.

At my Job Corps I was shocked to see how many people in the administration had less education than me and some of them were ex Job Corps students with no real world experience. I am a junior in college and I have twenty years of experience in working at different departments at UNM, public high school (special education), day care, and children’s mental health. The person in charge of student discipline at the Alb. Job Corps has never set foot in a college classroom. She is a Job Corps grad who brown nosed her way up, and she has no idea of behavior modification theory. Yet she is paid more than the starting teacher’s salary which is $12.00 per hour.”   KN

“I will never forget an all staff meeting at Iroquois when the Center Director informed everyone that there was no money for staff raises in the coming year. Even she would not receive a raise.

About two weeks following this meeting, the CD and the members of her “clique” received huge bonuses. These were apparently the reward for the great job they did manipulating the numbers. After all, the center rose 100 places in the rankings in one year due to their efforts!

These bonuses were kept a secret from the rest of the staff, they did not come to the Finance Office with the rest of the checks by UPS. They were sent by Fed Ex after all of the other staff had left for the day.

This was the year that their was no Christmas Party because they could not afford it. Oh we did have a little get-together in the cafeteria with cookies and pop to substitute for it.

Needless to say the rest of us lowly staff did not receive any raises or bonuses. We did get a cost of living raise which amounted to about $10 per pay period for me.”    B

-“Youth Today had an article on this Job Corps and the result of an OIG audit.  It also included the Albuquerque Job Corps results from the June audit.  OIG went back to the Albuquerque Job Corps in January for more investigating.  There is also an article that Youth Today had on the head of Job Corps resinging last year.  Just type in “Job Corps” at the Youth Today web site and you can pull up the articles.  This isn’t the first riot at Gainsville Job Corps.”  KN

-“I don’t mean to seem impatient, I repeat we need National Coverage in order to let everyone know we are  looking at them.  Also to encourage other JC centers to come forward.  Again, we want national information and coverage.  I’ve got nothing but time, will help in any way I’m asked.”  J


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