The federal government is stepping in and halting all new enrollments at the North Texas Job Corps center just one week after a FOX 4 investigation.
Students will not be allowed to enroll at the center until at least Oct. 31.
The hundreds of students who are now living at the McKinney facility can stay, but that's not stopping some families from leaving.
“It has been a complete nightmare…it's one situation after another,” said Plechette Allen.
Allen says enough is enough. Her 20-year-old son, Brandyn Lowe, walked out of the Job Corps Sunday night and didn't go back, and she supports him 100 percent.
Last week, FOX 4 aired two stories about the North Texas Job Corps center. Our investigation uncovered allegations of serious assaults and violence on campus, along with alleged drug use and allegations of cheating.
Sources tell FOX 4 that the U.S. Department of Labor showed up on campus last week and was interviewing staff and students.
No one would talk to FOX 4 on camera, but we did get a statement.
Officials with the U.S. Department of Labor will only say that they are examining the policies, operations and management at the North Texas Job Corps Center, and they are hoping they will end their assessment soon.
The statement goes on to say, "Student safety is our top priority at the Department of Labor and at Job Corps, and we are committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to earn job credentials and prepare for successful careers without concerns about security and safety.”
The 90-acre McKinney facility houses hundreds of students. They get free education and job training.
The program costs taxpayers about $45,000 for each student, which is about the same as 4 years of tuition at the University of Texas.
The facility sits in Congressman Sam Johnson's district. He sent FOX 4 a statement, saying, “These reports are of great concern. If true, the alleged mismanagement, fraud and cheating is then not only failing students but wasting hard-earned taxpayer dollars as well. That's just wrong!”
Lowe says he is just relieved to be out of the program.
“I feel like it was a waste of time,” said Lowe. “That's just me.”
His mother says she believes North Texas Job Corps is just broken. She says there's no structure, no support and no compassion.
“It is disappointing because this is our youth,” said Allen. “This is our future, and I expected more out of the program. The basis of it sounds great, but the delivery is horrific.”
Congressman Johnson says the department of labor needs to find out what is happening, and if wrongdoing occurred, hold those responsible accountable.
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