- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says the Labor Department has given a $42 million contract to a Job Corps center in Memphis for career technical and academic training.

Cohen’s office said in a statement Tuesday that the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center is receiving the five-year federal contract to give no-cost training to nearly 300 participants each year.

Cohen, a Memphis Democrat, says the funding will be used to support 232 students who live at the center and 55 non-residential students.

The Hooks center first opened in 1998 as the Memphis Job Corps Center. It was renamed in honor of the civil rights leader in 2006.

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