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      Ottumwa Job Corps participates in statewide Jobs Corps anniversary celebrations

      The Iowa Job Corps program is celebrating 50 years of service to the state, so the Ottumwa Job Corps held a special celebration to mark the occasion Thursday.

      Mayor Tom Lazio made a proclamation Thursday in Ottumwaâ??s Central Park saying that the Job Corps is a program that helps many people in the state.

      There are 250 students in the Ottumwa Job Corps, and each of those students learn a trade and can then get a GED.

      Although the state wide Job Corps program is celebrating 50 years, the Ottumwa Job Corps is just starting their fourth year. Program leaders say in just that time, the area has seen many positive benefits.

      "Ottumwa has already seen significant benefits to the program because our young people that are going through our program are actually going to work here in the local area and in the state of Iowa," said Ottumwa Job Corps Director Mark Douglas.

      This yearâ??s Ottumwa Job Corps class will have a graduation ceremony on Friday, August 22 at 10 a.m.