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Manpower program ran from 1962-74

POSTED: April 5, 2014 12:10 a.m.

In the 1960s, there was a program called the Manpower Development and Training Act that had an office in Gainesville. When did the program start and end in our area?

The first Manpower Development and Training programs, which were created because of the Manpower Development and Training Act of 1962, in Georgia were started in June 1964, according to The Times’ archives. It is unclear when the first program began in Hall County, but the program held its first graduation ceremony Dec. 23, 1965, at which 109 students were awarded certificates in the fields of business education, sheet-metalwork, machine tool operations and automobile mechanics.

A 1970 MDTA pamphlet described the purpose of the law as “to provide education and training to help unemployed and underemployed persons fully participate in productive employment.” Though anyone who was unemployed or underemployed was eligible, the highest priority was given to the disadvantaged, which included the poor, minority group members, school dropouts, people who were handicapped, welfare clients and low-income farmers. The programs typically lasted for about one year, during which participants received an allowance to keep up with the costs of living.

Hall County’s MDT program was relatively successful. Between 1964 and 1968, the program had about 900 graduates, 94 percent of which found full-time employment after graduating.

In July 1974, the MDT program was combined with a multitude of other similar programs and came under the jurisdiction of the Area Manpower Planning Council that was created by the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973. At this time, MDT effectively disappeared into the mixture of various employment development programs.

CETA was eventually replaced by the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, which was in turn replaced by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, according to the U.S Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration website www.doleta.gov.

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