The Anaconda Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center will close, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday. 

Anaconda-Deer Lodge Chief Executive Officer Bill Everett said the center, which accepted its first enrollee in 1966, is set to shutter at the end of August and that the loss will be devastating. 

The corps provides training to students in a number of fields. Many of those are in manufacturing, in areas like heavy-equipment operation, diesel mechanics, carpentry, masonry, welding and more.

According to Everett, the Jobs Corps is also one of the biggest employers in Anaconda. And while a federal entity doesn’t pay taxes the way a private corporation does, it still means job losses for residents who pay property taxes.

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