06.03.19

Daines Saves Anaconda Job Corps Center from Closing

Decision follows Daines’ call with President Trump urging the Administration keep the Center open, saving Montana jobs

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured President Trump’s decision to keep the Anaconda Job Corps training center open, saving hundreds of Montana jobs. The decision follows Daines’ call with Trump on Saturday, where he stressed that the Anaconda center was one of the top ranked in the country, and must remain open. After speaking with Daines, Trump told him the site would remain open.

The Anaconda Jobs Corps training center employs 250 people in southwest Montana.

“The Anaconda Job Corps Center is one of the top ranked in the country, employing hundreds in southwest Montana.  It provides future generations of young Montanans the tools they need to succeed in the work force,” Daines said. “I greatly appreciate President Trump working with me to save these Montana jobs.”

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Since the announcement, Daines has worked tirelessly to keep the center open.

Over the course of the past week, Daines spoke directly with U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on the importance of the site, and the need to reverse the decision.


Background:

  • The site provides high-paying jobs for Montanans – the average salaries at the Anaconda training site are $37,000 – $97,000 
  • This site spurs $8 million dollars yearly into Anaconda, MT economy
  • Last month, the USDA ranked the Anaconda training site 8th out of 126 sites.
  • The Anaconda site was also ranked #2 of all Forest Service Centers. 
  • In 2017, the site provided 40,000 man-hours of fighting wildfires. 120 of their 170 students were out on the fire lines. 
    • Daines has been a strong advocate for Montana Firefighters 
    • Last month, he introduced The Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act and The Wildland Firefighter Fairness Act 
  • The site also helps provide skilled and trained labor for trade jobs including welders and brick layers
    • Daines has actively fought for Montana trade jobs
    • Last month, he introduced legislation to expand the education savings plans to skilled workers.

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