Picturing The Past: Job Corps Program Helped Build The County – Transylvania County, NC


July 22, 2019

In the early 1960s, unemployment of young people in the U.S. was twice that of older adults. In response, the Kennedy Administration designed a program, known as Job Corps, offering free education and vocational training to young men and women ages 16 to 24 to improve their lives.

After Kennedy’s death, President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty taskforce was able to quickly implement the Job Corps program. Sargent Shriver, brother-in-law of the former president and director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, is credited as the founder of the program, which operated under hi...

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