Mr. C., The Skills Sergeant

A prime reason for the labor shortage is that legions of young job applicants are rejected for lack of skills. Not everywhere, however: when businesses in El Paso need trained workers, they know they can find them in an unlikely- looking place. Ringed with a barbed-wire fence and patrolled by guards, the white stucco compound alongside Interstate 10 could pass for a correctional institution. But the 440 blue-uniformed trainees at the El Paso Job Corps Center are being nurtured, not punished. Since 1970 the center has taken in 8,000 barrio youths and returned them to the community a few months later...

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