The U.S. government plans to close Oconaluftee Civilian Conservation Corp in Cherokee, one of nine facilities nationwide targeted for “deactivation.”
CCC job centers provide low-income, at-risk students between 16 to 24 years in age vocational skills, such as forestry and carpentry. Students will be allowed to complete their training.
Oconaluftee CCC is inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee.
The Labor Department reported it “reviewed the CCC’s performance and outcome measurements, internal controls, capacity and proximity, costs and ongoing needs of each CCC against the overall Job Corps program to determine the best path forward.”
Sixteen centers staying open will transfer from the U.S. Forest Service to the Labor Department, according to a news release.
Lyndon B. Johnson CCC in Franklin and Schenck CCC in Pisgah Forest will continue to operate.
The Trump administration says it expects to make the changes by the end of September. As many as 1,000 jobs nationwide could be cut.
Job Corps started in 1964 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.