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OPA News Release: [05/05/2008]
Contact Name: Jennifer Coxe
Phone Number: (202) 693-4676
Release Number: 08-0592-NAT

U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao delivers keynote address at new Cleveland Job Corps Center open house

WASHINGTONU.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today delivered keynote remarks and took part in a tour and open house ceremonies for the new Cleveland Job Corps Center. She noted the Bush Administration’s continuing commitment to providing young people in Ohio with the education and training needed to compete in the 21st century workforce.

"The new Cleveland Job Corps Center furthers our mission to provide students with education and training upon which they can build a career and a brighter future," Secretary Chao told an audience of students, teachers and dignitaries. "The center's academic and training programs are rigorous, effective, and accredited so students' skills are recognized by the state's top employers when they graduate."

Dr. Esther Johnson, Job Corps national director added, "The $35 million Cleveland Job Corps Center includes nine buildings on a 25 acre campus, which has the capacity to serve about 440 students who will receive education and training in fields such as health care, construction, computers and tax preparation." The center is located at 13421 Coit Road in Cleveland, Ohio.

Job Corps is the nation's largest and oldest federally funded job training and education program for "at promise" youth ages 16 through 24. At 122 centers nationwide, the program trains approximately 62,000 youth each year in more than 100 career areas. For more information about Job Corps, call (800) 733-JOBS or visit


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