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WaPo: DC isn’t spending enough on “job training”–um, what exactly is “job training”?

December 14, 2015

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Job trainee Karen Privado and son: Holding a job doesn’t count as job training.


The Washington Post reports that the city of Washington, D.C. has failed to spend “tens of millions of dollars” in available federal and city funding for “job training” for the unemployed.

My question is: What, exactly, is “job training”?

And why, if, as the article says, Washington has 25,000 unemployed people, why does it cost nearly $10,000 apiece to “train” them for jobs? Yes, you read that right: The federal “job training” pot earmarked for the District of Columbia is a whopping $24 million, according to WashPost reporter Robert McCartney.

But you won’t find the answer to either question in McCartney’s story. Instead, you’ll find two poster children supposedly deprived of “job training” because of apparent bureaucratic ineptitude on the part of the D.C. “Workforce Investment Council” that has caused it to be unable to spend this huge wad of taxpayer money.

Here’s one of the poster children:

“One person affected was Karen Privado, 20, of Columbia Heights in Northwest Washington. She was close to getting her high-school equivalency degree, known as the GED, until her course at the Latin American Youth Center lost its funding in September. Now she hopes the course will resume next year, as District officials promise.

“’It’s sad to me, because my goal this year was to get my GED,’ Privado said.”

Privado, photographed with her son who appears to be age 2, is currently living with her parents. What she has has been doing with herself for the past three months and plans to do with herself for the next nine months is unknown.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen


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