As Arkansans began the long Memorial Day weekend, the Trump administration quietly announced that it plans to shutter or outsource all of the nation’s rural Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers, including one in Ozark, Arkansas, that offers free-of-charge education and vocational training to young men and women between the ages of 16 to 24.

In a statement posted late Friday on the U.S. Department of Labor website, DOL officials said they accepted a letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stating that the USDA’s Forest Service will withdraw from operating the 28 Job Corps centers across the U.S. Those programs were first established by former President Lyndon Johnson as part of his Great Society plan to help economically disadvantaged youth in selected rural and

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