Job Corps Center dedicated at former Air Force base
On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated the Gary Job Corps Training Center. Following the passage of the Federal Economic Opportunity Act on August 20, 1964, the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity began awarding contracts to establish centers for vocational training. On December 16, 1964, the Texas Educational Foundation, a private, nonprofit, Texas corporation, was awarded a contract to establish the Gary Center near San Marcos at the former site of Gary Air Force Base. Between 1965 and 1967 it became the largest such training center in the nation, having approximately 3,000 trainees in 1967. It continues to offer vocational training to young people, who receive sufficient technical knowledge and supervised practice to enable them to get paying jobs when they finish. The Gary Job Corps Center is one of more than a hundred such centers in the country.