Job Corps Fraud Blog

Nationwide mismanagement of Job Corps calls for action!

Readers Comments from a Job Corps Student

-from TC in RE: Chicopee Residents Complain About Westover Job Corps Center (2009)

I’ve brought this story up between Pittsburgh Job Corps students, along with various stories from this site as conversations of the program. There are a lot of students who know this program is badly managed and doesn’t set examples of the way a Nation should run. We see how Job Corps is run, and we see how the Government is run. There are students, most probably who would never guess the amount of corruption this program has.

Most of the students who are 18-over would agree that they shouldn’t place a curfew on those students who are adult age. Why would they need to treat us like children? At Pittsburgh, a curfew is 11:00pm for Sun-Thur & 2:00am for Fri-Sat, but then again the MAC sheet doesn’t get displayed until 6:00AM and you wouldn’t be AWOL until the training day starts.

I understand a curfew for certain students, such as all minors, students on CSIO probation, & perhaps C-Prep Kids. I believe that Job Corps doesn’t live up to the “Independant Living” it says it does. Not only would I support lifting a curfew for adult students, I wouldn’t be angry if they didn’t have an RA wake us up to make sure we’re not AWOL/late for class. Tell these kids to wake themselves up at their own responsibility, even if it means buying an alarm clock or going to bed early.

To all those staff/Pro Job Corps people who would oppose a curfew lift: How can you have “maturity” ever be a reason? Would these staff members think it’s fair a 24 year old Job Corps student gets to party on Friday but has to stop drinking just in time to be back and sober (possible?) at 2:00am but have a 18-year old Pitt University student party all Friday night even though he’s underage but has no curfew time to be back on center?

-from TC RE: Readers Comments About Roy Adams and Shriver Job Corps Center

As I’ve been at Pittsburgh Job Corps’ Centre for six months I have had disputes with about six different staff members. One RA, which I figured was a smaller issue, 3 OCT staff members (Pre-Co instructor, My Pre-Co counselor, & OCT Supervisor) & I have issues with the centre director & his accomplice 2nd in charge admin.

It seems like that when a student has an issue with a staff member, the student’s complaint is immediately shut down and the staff member who is being accused of something is automatically defended.

For instance, I had a case brought up to HR about the OCT supervisor who tried to get me have a hospital fax a documentation stating information about my grandmother in the ICU. The info he wanted was info such as the hospital’s phone number, my grandmother’s condition & her potential duration at the ICU. ALL of that particular information is ILLEGAL. I reported this all to HR and the Admins did nothing but defend OCT. I had three incidents THIS WEEK ALONE occur over OCT’s staff trying to make me feel outcasted/shunned so I would in their hopes, self-term. I reported this all to the CD & he defends OCT and their “strong, 2 year dedication to Job Corps”.

I’d go to the Regional Office but why bother? Are they any different and less ignorant to student’s complaints?

-from TC RE: Disorderly Conduct at  Keystone Job Corps Center

This seems like an unfair act for the girl who was possibly assaulted. What are students doing at 4:30 in the MORNING rioting and causing a racket. When is their curfew time?

In the Pittsburgh Centre I attend now, you wouldn’t get very far even making yourself visible at this time of the morning. It seems that certian centres are following certain rules more enforcibly than other rules depending on what problems occur within just a particular centre?

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Filed under: Adams and Associates, Contractors, Job Corps, Keystone Job Corps Center, Pittsburg Job Corps Center, Reader's Comments, Shriver Job Corps Center, Westover Job Corps Center, , , , , , ,

Chicopee Residents Complain Aboout Westover Job Corps Center (2009)

Read the story from Mass Live.com here:

In response to Chicopee resident complaints Mayor Michael D. Bissonette requested the center impose an 8:00 PM curfew.

Some of the complaints about the students are:

“Reports by residents of vandalism and harassment in the Fairview neighborhood by some Job Corps students were aired earlier this week at a neighborhood meeting.”

“We can’t have them being out at all hours disrupting the neighborhood and causing vandalism in the park,”

“They’re (the Chicopee residents) being intimidated and harassed and sometimes threatened,”

“There have been reports of car break-ins in the neighborhoods. Broken bottles, graffiti, and drug paraphernalia have been found at Preston Park, located on Access Road off James Street. Residents have complained of being harassed by Job Corps students there.”

Westover Job Corps Center is managed by Management and Training Corporation

Filed under: Contractors, Job Corps, Job Corps Centers, Management and Training Corporation, Newspaper Reports, Westover Job Corps Center, , , , ,

Management and Training Corporation and its Prison Cash Cow

Management and Training Corporation (MTC) really knows how to squeeze a buck and stretch a dollar on the backs of human misery.  Read about this Job Corps corporate conglomerate “Pig at the Trough” and how it runs its fee for service prisons.  While reading, remember, it operates the following Job Corps Centers where it’s supposed to provide a quality education to students and provide at least a decent wage to its employees:

Westover, Delaware Valley, Keystone, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Brunswick, Atlanta, Charleston, Cincinnati, Dayton, Earle C. Clements, Paul Simon Chicago, Denison, Flint Hills, Gary, Clearfield, Inland Empire, Sierra Nevada, Springdale Tongue Point, Cascades, Hawaii, Red Rock

Read MTC’s shameful prison history here:

Filed under: Atlanta Job Corps, Cascades Job Corps, Charleston Job Corps Center, Cincinnati Job Corps Center, Clearfield Utah Job Corps Center, Contractors, Dayton Job Corps, Deleware Valley Job corps, Dennison Job Corps, Earle C. Clements Job Corps, Employees, Flint Hills Job Corps, Gary Job Corps Center, Hawaii Job Corps, Inland Empire Job corps, Job Corps, Job Corps Centers, Keystone Job Corps Center, Management and Training Corporation, Maui Job Corps, Paul Simon Chicago Job corps, Philadelphia Job Corps, Pigs at the Trough... by Arianna Huffington, Red Rock Job Corps, Tulsa Job Corps Center, Westover Job Corps Center, Wilmington Job Corps Center, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Chicopee Residents Complain About Westover Job Corps (2009)

“Complaints from Chicopee residents prompt Westover Job Corps Center to impose earlier curfew for students…”

Read the article here from MassLive.com:

“…there have been reports of car break-ins in the neighborhoods. Broken bottles, graffiti, and drug paraphernalia have been found at Preston Park, located on Access Road off James Street. Residents have complained of being harassed by Job Corps students there.”

“…the police have responded to 55 calls at the center in the past year. This does not include calls in the community involving Job Corps students.”

Westover Job Corps Center is operated by Management and Training Corporation

Filed under: complaints, crime, Job Corps, Job Corps Centers, Management and Training Corporation, Newspaper Reports, Westover Job Corps Center, , , , ,

More Federal Contractor fraudulent practices

In addition to overseeing Job Corps Centers, Management and Training Corporation (MTC) also has contracts with the Federal Government to run “fee for service” prisons.

The following is a link to a copy of a letter Project on Government Oversight (POGO) sent to MTC’s corporate office in order to verify the amount of money MTC  has had to pay for legal settlements.  Read letter here:

This amount is only the tip of the iceberg and does not include the massive fines MTC has had to repay the government for manipulation of its Job Corps numbers in order to inflate center performance.  All of that information is contained in yearly Office of the Inspector General reports.

I worked at Kittrell Job Center when it was owned by MTC and experienced numbers inflation first-hand. I was required to attend two-hour daily “retention meetings”  this is where management moved students around like pieces on a chess board in order to enhance the numbers and reflect the center in the best light.

The government continues to award MTC contracts year after year. Right now MTC operates:

Brunswick Job Corps Center,

Clearfield Job Corps Center

Gary Job Corps Center

Cincinnati Job Corps Center

Dayton Job Corps Center

Dennison Job Corps Center

Flint Hills Job Corps Center

Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center

Cascades Job Corps Center

Hawaii Job Corps Center

Inland Empire Job Corps Center

Maui Job Corps Center

Sierra Nevada Job Corps Center

Tongue Point Job Corps Center

Deleware Valley Job Corps Center

Westover Job Corps Center.

Filed under: Brunswick Job Corps, Cascades Job Corps, Cincinnati Job Corps Center, Clearfield Utah Job Corps Center, Contractors, Dayton Job Corps, Deleware Valley Job corps, Dennison Job Corps, Flint Hills Job Corps, Gary Job Corps Center, Hawaii Job Corps, Inland Empire Job corps, Job Corps, Job Corps Centers, Kittrell Job Corps Center, Management and Training Corporation, Maui Job Corps Center, OIG Reports, Paul Simon Chicago Job corps, Performance, Sierra Nevada Job corps, Tongue Point Job Corps Center, Westover Job Corps Center, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Westover Job Corps students arrested after disturbance at Chicopee campus (2008)

Read about this disturbance from Mass Live.com here:

Filed under: Arrests, Job Corps, Westover Job Corps Center, ,

Westover Job Corps Center Complaints

The following story is from the “Massachusetts Local News”

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/02/complaints_from_chicopee_resid.html

“Complaints from Chicopee residents prompt Westover Job Corps Center to impose earlier curfew for students”

By Dwight B. Shepard

February 05, 2009, 8:30PM

By HOLLY ANGELO

hangelo@repub.com


CHICOPEE – Reacting to concerns from city officials and residents, the Westover Job Corps Center has instituted an earlier curfew and instructed its 555 students to behave themselves while out in the community or suffer the consequences.


Reports by residents of vandalism and harassment in the Fairview neighborhood by some Job Corps students were aired earlier this week at a neighborhood meeting.


On Thursday, Westover Job Corps Director Michael T. Riley sent a memorandum to students and staff members, instructing them to attend a school assembly Friday at which the new rules and expectations will be announced.


“We have to step it up,” said Riley this week. “I understand the community’s concerns. I want to support them in every possible way.”


The 10 p.m. curfew has been changed to 8 p.m., except for supervised trips. Students have been told that nearby Preston Park, side streets, and housing areas near the Johnson Road center are off-limits.


They have also been reminded that bad language and drinking are also prohibited. Failure to obey these expectations and rules could mean expulsion from the federal job training program.


“We’re taking it very, very seriously,” Riley said. “We’re going to make sure the standards are raised.”


Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette suggested the 8 p.m. curfew.


“We can’t have them being out at all hours disrupting the neighborhood and causing vandalism in the park,” he said. “It’s not going to be tolerated.”


At the same time, the mayor said the city and the center have had a good relationship, and that only a percentage of students are causing problems. The center frequently organizes community service projects for its students, who range in age from 16 to 24.


Riley is scheduled to meet on Feb. 17 with the mayor, Police Chief John R. Ferraro Jr., and Ward 9 Alderman Ronald R. Belair to discuss the problems reported by Fairview residents and police.


On March 23 at 6 p.m., the mayor and the Aldermanic Public Safety Committee will host a public hearing on the matter at the Castle of Knights on Memorial Drive.


“They’re being intimidated and harassed and sometimes threatened,” said Belair, who is chairman of the Public Safety Committee and the alderman who represents Fairview. “It’s unacceptable. They need to control their students better.”


He said there have been reports of car break-ins in the neighborhoods. Broken bottles, graffiti, and drug paraphernalia have been found at Preston Park, located on Access Road off James Street. Residents have complained of being harassed by Job Corps students there.


Ferraro said the police have responded to 55 calls at the center in the past year. This does not include calls in the community involving Job Corps students.


“It’s a problem,” Ferraro said. “If the kids are going to come off the campus and into the city, they have to act appropriately. We’re spending too much time dealing with them.”


Riley said the center is increasing its security staff and making hourly patrols of Preston Park and the surrounding area. He said anyone who has concerns should call (413) 593-4000.


“Nobody should have to live with that type of nonsense,” Riley said.


However, he said the majority of students arrive at the Job Corps Center to change their behavior and develop skills they can take to the job market.


“It’s one bad apple spoils the whole bushel,” Riley said.


The Job Corps program is funded by the U.S. Labor Department.


Of the 555 male and female students, 500 live on the campus. Most are from outside Western Massachusetts.


During the 2007 program year, the Westover center was ranked 116 out of 120 overall nationally.

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