Business as usual at Job Corps Center despite shutdown
POSTED: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 6:18pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 6:22pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Many federal offices were in flux on Wednesday as the shutdown continued. But the David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center remained open. The center in East El Paso remained open because they work under a private contractor.
The organization continued to provide training to enrolled students 16 to 24 years old. The private contractor had to assure the organization they would have funding available if a shutdown were to happen when they placed their bid.
That's why the organization, even though it's a federally funded one, remained open. It was business as usual for the teens who live and work there -- but job corps is very aware of the fact that there were thousands of federal employees have been affected.
"The only thing that we can hope for is that there's an end to this soon and that everybody else can get back to business as usual. And we feel that we're very fortunate that we're still able to provide that training to the youth of El Paso and not have to shut our doors,” Lana Kite, the Center Director of Job Corps said.
Job Corps employees are not federal employees. They are within the private sector.
They are still taking applications for young people between the ages of 16 through 24. You can apply at their facility on the East Side at 11155 Gateway West.
The passport office in Downtown El Paso was also open despite the shutdown.