WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jerry Ingersoll, deputy regional forester for the Alaska Region, will serve as the Acting National Director of the Job Corps Program beginning Feb. 10.
The next few months is a pivotal time for the program, requiring that we work cooperatively to fully integrate the Job Corps program as one of the many tools to assist the agency’s mission and workforce needs. Since last year, we have been working closely with USDA to ensure we answer Secretary Perdue’s call to action and renew our commitment to our Job Corps program.
After significant public feedback related to the initial decision to transfer the program to the Department of Labor, the agency and department reassessed and reset. By engaging with Job Corps leadership and the department, we were able to find common ground around the importance of ensuring young people have high education and employment rates. As a result, our Job Corps program is refocusing on creating a pipeline to employment with the Forest Service upon graduation.
Ingersoll brings extensive experience to the position. He has been with the agency over 30 years and has held positions in forestry, timber and planning. While forest supervisor for the Siuslaw National Forest, he built partnerships with the Angell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center. He brings that familiarity to this position.
The Forest Service has proudly operated the Job Corps Program in partnership with the Department of Labor since the program’s founding in 1963, building on our even earlier work with the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today, the Forest Service’s 24 centers carry on that legacy, setting young people on a path to successful careers.