Del-Jen loses Gainesville Job Corps contract

Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.

Del-Jen lost its bid to continue operating the Gainesville Job Corps Center but will stay on through at least Nov. 30 after filing a protest to the bid award.

The Department of Labor on June 29 awarded a $17.5 million contract to ResCare of Louisville, Ky., and Del-Jen filed a protest on July 3. A decision is due Oct. 11.

The Gainesville Job Corps Center opened in 1979, and Del-Jen, based in Clarksville, Tenn., has operated it since 2002. Del-Jen also operates five other Job Corps centers.

The current contract was awarded in 2007 for two years followed by three one-year options. The third year expired May 31, and the contract was extended to July 31.

The Labor Department contracting officer did not return a call for comment, but ResCare spokeswoman Nel [a]Taylor said the bids are awarded based on performance at other centers.

ResCare’s Youth Services division operates 15 Job Corps centers, including Florida centers in Homestead, Miami and Pinellas.

Taylor said ResCare has operated Job Corps centers since 1976 and that their centers traditionally rank in the top 50 out of 123.

According to performance measures for the program year ending June 30, 2011, the Gainesville center under Del-Jen had an overall rating of 105.2, above the national average of 101.4 and the Atlanta region average of 99.2. The center exceeded most goals for students completing education and training, but fell short in career placement.

Job Corps provides career development education and training to low-income youths ages 16-24. The Gainesville center has 350 students at a time and about 135 employees.

Del-Jen officials did not return calls for comment.

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