Audit: State job training centers inflating stats

Audit: State job training centers inflating stats

April 15th, 2013 by The Tennessean in Local Regional News

U.S. Rep. Diane Black said she was concerned about the state audit.

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NASHVILLE - The effectiveness of Tennessee's $52 million job training program has been called into question after auditors found regional job training centers across the state were inflating their numbers to hit strict performance measures and keep their federal funding.

Since the recession began in 2008, the state's 13 work force training centers have been faced with a major challenge: Federal performance measures continue to rise, but high unemployment has led many dispirited workers to give up on job searches and drop out of training programs.

State auditors say the training centers -- which provide training and other assistance to out-of-work adults, displaced workers and youths looking for jobs -- responded by padding their statistics.

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