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Nationwide mismanagement of Job Corps calls for action!

After 20 years, mom now knows what happened to son

From the Associated Press:

(AP) – 2 days ago

“TACOMA, Wash. — Karen Hull has been waiting 20 years to find out what happened to her son Walter in 1990. She finally knows.”

“Walter Thomas Ackerson Jr. was born in 1973 and grew up in Eastern Washington’s tiny Kettle Falls. He was beaten to death, or close to it, 16 years later, 200 miles from home, when he was a student at a federal Job Corps center on the Oregon Coast.”

“In 1990, federal workers at the Angell Job Corps in Yachats, Ore., dismissed Ackerson as a runaway, despite rumors surrounding his disappearance. They waited weeks to tell his mother he was missing and gave her conflicting stories.”

Angell Job Corps Center is managed by the USDA Forest Service

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  1. Nancy says:

    Harold, you are right. BUT when the people in washington or DOL adminstrators LOOK THE OTHER WAY. What can the average person do about it? It appears that both you and I, have FIRST HAND seen the procedures that are not followed , and mis appropriated funds or JUST PLAIN WASTE OF AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS. THIS HAS BEEN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE JOB CORPS I AM FAMILIAR WITH. AND I AM SURE THE GREATEST % OF THE BALANCE OF THEM. What do you think people should do????

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    • Harold says:

      Nancy, we may be fighting a losing battle. Perhaps one should work in a Job Corps, if you really like working with this population, in an area that focuses more on the students as opposed to admin – that way you don’t get to see as much of the fraud.

      Or one can petition Federal level reps who appear to actually care about this country like: Alan Grayson, Al Franken, and Bernie Sanders, to investigate and do something about the doings of these corporations. The conservatives have been trying for years to get rid of the Job Corps program, but progressives would like to get rid of the contractors and introduce some accountability to the system, but with OIG the way it is currently structured and administrated that would be impossible.

      Face it – our government is corrupt. OIG may investigate but nobody knows what happens re follow-up and accountability. Obviously, not much – MTC, Res-Care, Adams, ETR, Career Systems, Horizon, – all have about the same number of contracts they’ve had for yrs, and ETR is growing even with tons of complaints lodged against it and its Center Directors and other favored admin staff. Try talking to Joe Semanski, Director of Boston Region Job Corps who has awarded two more centers to ETR- he won’t even return a phone call.

      Right now we are at a time in history where the monied aristocracy has all the power and is financing Job Corps at the expense of middle class tax payers, who have no idea what is really going on. The middle class is supporting these people, some of whom have become very wealthy at our expense. The government doesn’t care because they are one and the same people. These contractors take our money,overwork and underpay the staff at these centers, subject them to all kinds of humiliation, and then get away with firing them because the labor laws are written in their favor. All the while they are getting richer and richer. Job Corps is just a microcosm of what is going on elsewhere in our country and the rest of the world.

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  2. Harold says:

    I can pretty much guarantee that the staff at the Job Corps were covering up for themselves for not having followed procedures properly. I’ve seen this go on over and over again at Job Corps. Staff lie to the Dept of Labor, and then when there is an investigation by the OIG months and months later, they respond with ” It was an administrative oversight.” This is absolutely not true. All staff are trained in the required procedures to follow, all outlined in the PRH. I have personally witnessed administrative staff lying to their corporation and the Dept of Labor to cover a botched investigation and handling of a situation. Happens all the time. They don’t want to be held accountable, because they might: lose a contract, they might get fired, the public might find out, or they might be sued by someone.

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