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Billy Cooper, as well as DeAnthony Cummings and Daniel Cox, students from the Potomac Job Corps Center.
discussed our nation's educational crisis and how dropout recovery is too often forgotten in conversations on education reform.
Dionte Brooks, a 21 year-old student from the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center, and Brigadier General (ret.) Billy Cooper, the center's director and an NJCA Board member, testified before the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday, May 12 on behalf of the NJCA.
Labor-HHS Chairman David Obey (D-WI) and Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY), Denny Rehberg (R-MT) and Jo Bonner (R-AL) listened as Brooks and Cooper discussed the unique residential and comprehensive services Job Corps provides to thousands of economically disadvantaged youth.
Subcommittee staff shared that they were impressed with General Cooper
and Mr. Brooks' statements and testimony.
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I had never thought about that before until Bill Cooper, executive director of the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center spoke to the June graduation class at the center June 12.
I was invited to the graduation and enjoyed it as 23 graduates donned their traditional graduation garb and received their certificates. Cooper
gave a forceful talk as he
urged the grads to make something of their lives and to put something into that dash. He
noted that dash stands for all that we accomplish from the time we are born until the tine we die.
"What will it say?Will it say that you helped change the world?"Cooper
asked the grads.
"It's your choice," Cooper
said, noting that what the gradates will accomplish will be based on the decision they make in their lives.
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Brigadier General (Ret.) Billy Cooper will be speaking on Wednesday.Cooper serves as executive director of the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Academy in northwest Kentucky.One of the largest of Job Corps' 122 centers nationwide, the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Academy serves more than 3,500 students each year, offering vocational training in more than 20 trades.Over the last 40 years, Job Corps has built its reputation as the nation's largest and most successful residential and educational workforce training program for economically disadvantaged youth, ages 16 to 24.Funded by Congress and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, this voluntary program serves nearly 65,000 young Americans every year and has trained and educated more than two million young people since the first Job Corps center opened in 1965.Cooper earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education Administration from Cameron University in Oklahoma, and a Master's degree in Education Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
A career Army officer, Gen.Cooper
has served in Vietnam, Germany, the Persian Gulf, and the Horn of Africa.A graduate of the National War College
, Gen.Cooper became a Senior Operations Officer and later Assistant Deputy Director of Operations on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.He
retired from active Army service in 2001 with awards and decorations that include the Defense Superior Service Medal, a Bronze Star, and a Meritorious Service Medal among many others.Immediately following his
retirement, Gen.Cooper served as Director of the Cleveland Job Corps Center before assuming his current position in 2003.
Clements Academy Director Billy ...
Clements Academy Director Billy Cooper and staff learned Thursday that after a year of preparation their current contractor was not chosen by the Department of Labor in this bidding session.
Career Systems Development (CSD) has been managing the Academy for the past five years.CSD won the two-year bid over ResCare in May 2003, and was approved for three additional one-year renewable bids thereafter.Management and Training Corporation
(MTC) will take over for CSD in June under much the same terms.MTC
is the largest operator of Job Corps facilities around the nation, with 22 centers under its jurisdiction including the Gary Academy
in San Marcos, Texas, and the Clearfield Academy
in Utah. Cooper
has no reservations that MTC
will prove worthy of the bid.
"They are a good company.MTC
has a superb reputation for interacting with and supporting the community," Cooper
"For the center, it will be a change in the way it operates.For the staff, it will be a matter of getting familiar with a new policy, a new set of expectations.But for students, it should appear seamless."Cooper
explained that while different managing companies would come in and out of administration, the service has to continue.
"That will continue uninterrupted," Cooper
stated."I will ensure that the transition goes extremely well."The Clements Academy's
large student population was a big draw for MTC
."Anytime a large center comes up for bid, it generates interest," Cooper
said.And the Earle C. Clements Academy
is the second largest center in the nation based on population, next to MTC's
San Marcos center.
But anytime a new administration takes over, it brings a certain amount of "apprehension" for the staff, says Cooper
Much of the staff has been through this before, five years ago.Cooper reassures that 95-98% of staff is typically rehired during a turnover."If you are a bus driver, the requirements are still the same.If you are recreation specialist…an academic/skilled instructor…those positions and people are still needed," Cooper
explained.But each individual amongst the Academy's staff will go through a competitive interview process for his
job under the new operating company.
This is the biggest concern still looming for the more than 500 employees at the Academy.MTC
is due to supply an organizational chart for personnel soon, so employees know which jobs they will be eligible to apply for.
"The anxiety is normal," said Cooper
, "but you have to control the things you can control.At this point we know the center will come under new hands.It will be how well we do our jobs everyday (from here) and the rest will take care of itself."
On a personal note for Cooper
, it is likely that he
will be out of job.
I would love to stay," said Cooper
, "and if an opportunity presents itself, I would stay."