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Blackwell Job Corps future still uncertain following employer open houseSubmitted: 07/10/2019
Stephen Goin
Stephen Goin
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Blackwell Job Corps future still uncertain following employer open house
LAONA - Students at Blackwell Job Corps talked about what comes next with the more than 70 potential employers who toured their facility Wednesday.

After the Trump Administration reversed its decision to close Blackwell and eight other civil conversation centers in June, staff said Wednesday's open house doesn't bring them any closer to knowing their future.

Newswatch 12 was not allowed to film inside the open house, but we're told carpentry, masonry, welding, construction and nursing students networked with Wisconsin companies in need of skilled tradespeople.

A Blackwell counselor who spoke to us said some students would even be interviewed for future roles at the event.

"I think most of our students are up for any challenge, I think they plan to go where the work is," said Blackwell guidance counselor, Lorie Alamazan. "They are now meeting with their employers with resumes in hand today and by next week we could have several job offers." 

If graduating students don't find jobs through Wednesday's event, counselors said they provide placement services up to one year after graduation.

However, Blackwell's counselors don't know if the center will stay open that long.

"We are open, we are grateful, we are ready and able to take on new students, unfortunately, there's still a lot of uncertainty," said Alamazan.

Blackwell employees said they have not yet received official notice from the Job Corps National Office regarding the future of the civilian conversation centers. 

"I am hoping that we get the support that we need to continue to provide services to the students who come to Blackwell Job Corps," said Alamazan.


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