(Photo courtesy of Job Corps) (Photo courtesy of Job Corps)

The Department of Labor on Monday lifted its three-month hold on new Job Corps enrollments, according to Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.), who chairs the committee that oversees the federal job-training program.

Casey’s office announced the move in a statement on Monday afternoon.

“This is good news for students in Pennsylvania and around the country as they seek skills needed to successfully enter the workforce,” the senator said.

By stopping the enrollment freeze, Labor ended a controversial part of its plan to deal with Job Corps’s cost overruns, which critics have blamed on mismanagement. The program’s deficit this year was estimated at $60 million.

Casey called for an inspector general’s investigation into how Job Corps ended up with severe cost overruns for two consecutive years. He also called for a Senate hearing on the matter in March.

“It is disturbing that financial mismanagement led to a three-month enrollment freeze that prevented students from attending Job Corps and led to job loss at local Job Corps centers,” Casey said in his statement on Monday.

The Job Corps enrollment freeze will end immediately, according to the senator’s office.

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