U.S. Department Of Labor Seeking Public Comment

CASSADAGA – The Job Corps is a national residential training and employment program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). It was created during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 as part of Johnson’s War on Poverty and Great Society initiatives that sought to expand economic and social opportunities for Americans, especially minorities and the poor. Job Corps was originally established by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964; authorization for the program continued under the Comprehensive Employment Training Act, then Title IV-B of the Job Training Partnership Act; and is currently provided for under Title I-C of the Workforce Investment Act, 1998. The Job Corps’ mission is to attract eligible young adults, teach them the skills they need to become employable and independent, and develop careers or prepare them for further education. The Job Corps addresses the multiple barriers to employment faced by disadvantaged youth throughout the United States.

In conjunction with this national strategy, the DOL proposes improvements to the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy located in Cassadaga. This project would support and enhance the Job Corps’ educational and training mission and ensure the facilities continue to provide an optimal environment for students and Job Corps personnel.

The DOL is preparing an environmental assessment in support of improvements to the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy. This EA will be conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations. The EA will consider any potential impacts to natural or cultural resources, as well as to land use and socioeconomics, that may result from the proposed project. The DOL is gathering input from regulatory agencies and the public to consider any potential effects. Comments may be submitted to the following address:

Adam Dolce, Business and Community Liaison

ATTN: Cassadaga Job Corps Academy EA Comments

8115 Glasgow Road

Cassadaga, New York 14718

Comments submitted by mail are welcome at any time; however, they should be received no later than comment closing date, Aug. 7.