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Job Corps Training Program / Lamar, Colorado, Problems #255713

CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 03, 1978
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(Studio) Unemployment figs. for black teenagers stated. Combatting this reported to be one of aims of Job Corps, set up under Johnson administration; other aim of Corps said to be education. Aims of Job Corps' new advanced career training program given and problems noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Lamar, Colorado) Background given on problems encountered by mostly black group of Job Corps participants upon entering classes at mostly white Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colorado. Labor Department's cancellation of program at college in mid-October and Corps students' return to center in Clearfield, UT, reported [Job Corps trainee Greg COCHRAN - describes incident in college cafeteria.] [Lamar College student `John WALKER - says students knew nothing about Job Corps trainees coming to school; was afraid of their appearance when they walked in. ] [Acting college President Billie HENDERSON - says question is one of cultural differences, not of race.] Request of some Lamar residents, school representatives and students that trainees be returned to school noted. [Corps administration Robert SHRAKE - can't believe that Colorado has any area where minorities wouldn't be welcome.] Return of trainees to college in Lamar reported unlikely.
REPORTER: Harold Dow

Cronkite, Walter;
Dow, Harold

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