Del-Jen still running Job Corps Center after award canceled


Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 5:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 5:29 p.m.

Del-Jen continues to operate the Gainesville Job Corps Center as the U.S. Department of Labor reconsiders bids before awarding a new contract.

The Labor Department on June 29 awarded a $17.5 million contract to ResCare of Louisville, Ky., to take over operations. Del-Jen then filed a protest on July 3.

The Government Accountability Office dismissed the protest Aug. 3.

Del-Jen President Dave Stout said the Labor Department canceled the award and is rereading the proposals. He said he had no idea when the department would make a decision on the contract.

Labor spokesman Michael D’Aquino said officials are continuing an internal review of the procurement process.

Phoenix, Ariz.-based Del-Jen operates five Job Corps centers and has operated the Gainesville Job Corps since 2002. Its contract originally expired May 31.

ResCare operates 15 Job Corps centers.

In the meantime, the center has a new director. Stout said former Director Samuel Kolapo requested a transfer to Albuquerque, N.M. Steven Belk started Monday as Gainesville director after serving as director of the Potomac Center in Washington, D.C.

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.

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