10 Sep 2014

Marion’s Blue Ridge Job Corps celebrates program’s 50th anniversary

Editor’s note: The original version of this article contained incorrect dates and a name error.

Half a century of service to students through the Job Corps program is being celebrated this summer at Blue Ridge Job Corps Center in Marion.

The national Job Corps program was created during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 as part of the Economic Opportunity Act and signed into law on Aug. 20, 1964 by President Johnson. The first Job Corps center opened in January 1965 in Catoctin, Md.

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