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Example of Job Corps Manipulation of Numbers in Order to Increase Performance Results

When I worked at Shriver Job Corps Center I was required to attend twice-weekly OMS meetings.  I’m still not quite sure what the “official” purpose of these meetings were but, the discussions narrowly focussed on all the different ways numbers could be manipulated in order to increase our performance results.

One of the ways performance results were changed to reflect Shriver in a much better light was in the practice of keeping the number of students on center around the ‘300’ mark.  Shriver received $75 per day for each “on center” student. Graduations, students going AWOL and terminations for excessive behavior violations adversely affected our “score.”  Low numbers also affected our ranking (a center was “ranked” according to their performance for example, Shriver Job Corps was once ranked number “10” out of 122 centers).  High rankings also meant bonuses for upper-level management and kudos for the center.  

Graduation dates were based upon the needs of the numbers.  Student graduation dates were changed based upon how many students were going out in a particular month. Sixteen was the required number of graduating students in a one month period.

Students with infractions had to beware in case they received too many serious infractions which would lead to their termination.  In an effort to keep our score high we sometimes retained students who should have been terminated. (This is one of the complaints I made to the OIG which was found to have merit).

“The allegation that Shriver students were allowed to remain at the center, even though they should have been separated for disciplinary reasons, had merit. Similar to Atterbury, Adams and Shriver management did not always convene FFBs and BRPs when necessary for students suspected of misconduct; and did not report significant incidents to Job Corps when required.” Read the rest of the OIG report here:

I don’t remember the number of infractions allowed to avoid termination but, we had one student who had 72 infractions in a six-month period.  Some of these infractions included allegations of  threatening to kill a teacher, attempted assault on a student with crow-bar, smashing a window in an instructor’s office and urinating in a teacher’s wastepaper basket.

Each time this student’s name came up at OMS meetings with the recommendation to terminate, upper level management refused. We kept this student because his termination would have had a negative effect on our numbers.

This particular student continued to terrorize students and teachers until he proudly walked across the stage with the rest of his graduating class in his cap and gown. He also received a $1,000 bonus from the Federal Government for successfully completing Job Corps.

My question: What do you think of  the performance numbers being touted as proof of Job Corps success?  Are these numbers based on realities?  I fear that those of us who worked in the Job Corps trenches look askance at these performance victories and still shake our heads in disbelief.

If you have specific examples of number manipulations at your Job Corps Center please feel free to post.  (Shriver Job Corps is managed by Adams and Associates)

From Matilda-

“I have also seen the manipulation of numbers (and students) to make a center “rise in the rankings” at the center I was at. I believe the majority of the staff don’t know how this works, they are there to help the students achieve their goals and learn social and employ-ability skills. Unfortunately, the staff that does all the hard work, never get a bonus or even a “job well done”. They are constantly asked to perform the impossible and quite amazingly, the instructors at our center did just that, but got nothing for all their hard work and dedication, only more demands from management. I can remember when we used to keep a student as long as we could.

The way the centers are ranked and how the “numbers” are calculated should be changed to reflect exactly how a center is implementing the program per the PRH. I believe the amount of students that leave the program other than completion of the program needs to be included. If this were done it would soon become evident that the program is broken. A successfully run program would not have a high number of students that AWOL out of the program or resign. A successfully run program would not have a high number of disciplinary terminations. A successfully run program WOULD have a high number of successful graduates. By “successful”, I am referring to students that continue their education, join the armed forces, or acquire and stay employed in a job in their chosen profession.

Whether a student is in job corps or not the majority of vocational training courses take an average of 2 years to complete. It is evident the program is not being implemented the way it was designed with the “numbers” being manipulated on a monthly basis. There shouldn’t be students completing the program every month. Can you imagine trying to teach 15+ students all at different learning levels and have the success these center claim they do? And the stress these instructors endure bringing new students in on a weekly basis?

The system is broken and either needs a major overhaul or to be thrown away.”

From Bruno-

“During the last few years I worked at Iroquois, it was definitely all about the numbers. The OMS meetings were the big event of the week. Sometimes they were three and a half hours long and secretive in nature. The staff that was responsible for number manipulation attended these meetings. They were the ones who received the large quarterly bonuses. The center rose in the rankings from #115 to #6 in a little over a year. Anyone with half a brain would realize this type of increase is impossible under normal circumstances. Any center with this type of increase should be investigated fully and not just receive a slap on the wrist from OIG.”

From OJ-

This manipulation seems to run rampant in this program and at a large number of the centers. Once again I feel this is attributed to privatization. As Matilda stated, management gets the bonus for the work the rest of the employees do. That is wrong no matter how you slice it. It also defines the lack of team effort. The training needed to preform a job trade takes more than 10 months. The students pushed through sometimes do get jobs, but, not in the trade they are trained for. It takes time and work to produce a finely finished student. Obviously most of us are not in it for the money, but,  for the love of the students. Management should also want the best for the students not just their pockets. Take a chapter from what you preach. This program has been in trouble since 1965 and privatization has only added more pain and misery to the students and employees. I hope and pray we are the begining to true reform!!! Keep posting and praying!!

From Meldenna-

I know all these statements to be true I really appreciate the posting of all these complaints. My son is a victim of Job Corps and I will never ever be able to uderstand why they are allowed to continue to operate like this. What will it take to close this corrupt business down? My son is forever changed by this program and I only hope we get the justice he deserves……FOREVER CHANGED    Meldenna

From A Reader-

Here is another report I came across:

http://www.ripoffreport.com/Federal-Government/Job-Corps/job-corps-deceptive-advertisin-d3mpc.htm

(Thank you for revising your blog format. It’s much easier to read now. Keep up the good work.)

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6 Responses - Comments are closed.

  1. reader says:

    Here is another report I came across:

    http://www.ripoffreport.com/Federal-Government/Job-Corps/job-corps-deceptive-advertisin-d3mpc.htm

    (Thank you for revising your blog format. It’s much easier to read now. Keep up the good work.)

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  2. Meldenna Thomas says:

    I know all these statements to be true I really appreciate the posting of all these complaints. My son is a victim of Job Corps and I will never ever be able to uderstand why they are allowed to continue to operate like this. What will it take to close this corrupt business down? My son is forever changed by this program and I only hope we get the justice he deserves……FOREVER CHANGED Meldenna

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  3. OJ says:

    This manipulation seems to run rampid in this program and at a large number of the centers. Once again I feel this is attributed to privatization. As Matilda stated, management gets the bonus for the work the rest of the employees do. That is wrong no matter how you slice it. It also defines the lack of team effort.
    The training needed to preform a job trade takes more than 10 monthes. The students pushed through sometimes do get jobs, but, not in the trade they are trained for. It takes time and work to produce a finely finished student. Obviously most of us are not in it for the money, but, for the love of the students. Management should also want the best for the students not just their pockets. Take a chapter from what you preach.
    This program has been in trouble since 1965 and privatization has only added more pain and misery to the students and employees. I hope and pray we are the begining to true reform!!!
    Keep posting and praying!!

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  4. Bruno says:

    During the last few years I worked at Iroquois, it was definitely all about the numbers. The OMS meetings were the big event of the week. Sometimes they were three and a half hours long and secretive in nature. The staff that was responsible for number manipulation attended these meetings. They were the ones who received the large quarterly bonuses. The center rose in the rankings from #115 to #6 in a little over a year.
    Anyone with half a brain would realize this type of increase is impossible under normal circumstances. Any center with this type of increase should be investigated fully and not just receive a slap on the wrist from OIG.

    Like

  5. Matilda says:

    I have also seen the manipulation of numbers (and students) to make a center “rise in the rankings” at the center I was at. I believe the majority of the staff don’t know how this works, they are there to help the students achieve their goals and learn social and employ-ability skills. Unfortunately, the staff that does all the hard work, never get a bonus or even a “job well done”. They are constantly asked to perform the impossible and quite amazingly, the instructors at our center did just that, but got nothing for all their hard work and dedication, only more demands from management. I can remember when we used to keep a student as long as we could.

    The way the centers are ranked and how the “numbers” are calculated should be changed to reflect exactly how a center is implementing the program per the PRH. I believe the amount of students that leave the program other than completion of the program needs to be included. If this were done it would soon become evident that the program is broken. A successfully run program would not have a high number of students that AWOL out of the program or resign. A successfully run program would not have a high number of disciplinary terminations. A successfully run program WOULD have a high number of successful graduates. By “successful”, I am referring to students that continue their education, join the armed forces, or acquire and stay employed in a job in their chosen profession.

    Whether a student is in job corps or not the majority of vocational training courses take an average of 2 years to complete. It is evident the program is not being implemented the way it was designed with the “numbers” being manipulated on a monthly basis. There shouldn’t be students completing the program every month. Can you imagine trying to teach 15+ students all at different learning levels and have the success these center claim they do? And the stress these instructors endure bringing new students in on a weekly basis?

    The system is broken and either needs a major overhaul or to be thrown away.

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