But, for years, the center has struggled to give those students what Job Corps is supposed to: a new start on a career. In recent years, only about half of its students completed their job training — and only about 55 percent of those got jobs in the fields they trained for. Those results had consistently ranked Treasure Lake close to last among the 125 centers nationwide.
In recent months, the department had been studying all centers, with an eye to closing one or more. So far, the Treasure Lake center is the only one that’s been recommended for closure.
“We also can no longer continue to make investments in centers that have consistently failed to serve students well,” said Stephen G. Barr, a Labor Department spokesman, in an e-mailed statement.
This is the first time that Job Corps has closed a center because of performance problems, Barr said.
The department will now wait 30 days for public comments about the proposal to close Treasure Lake. On Wednesday, the plan was applauded by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who had criticized the center in the past.
“This is a first step in the right direction and I encourage the Department to continue closing Job Corps centers that are obsolete, duplicative or wasting taxpayer dollars,” Coburn said in a statement.