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An educational center in Minot is once again accepting applications from new students after a pause ordered by its national sponsor.

The Burdick Job Corps Center was hit by a national order for all Job Corps Centers to stop taking in new students.

But, as Kelli Volk reports, things are getting back to normal now - and that's great news for a couple of the newly enrolled students.

At the start of 2013, students like Ashley Husenga and Leon Kleina didn't see enrollment at Burdick Job Corps as a reality.

(Leon Kleina, Burdick Job Corps Welding Student)"I had to wait. I consistently called and called I had to fight to get in, but the day came when they did lift the suspension and I was selected to go.

(Ashley Huisenga, Burdick Job Corps Culinary Arts Student)"Well, I called in February of this year and asked about enrolling and they told me there is an enrollment freeze until June.

The delay resulted from a job corps suspension--one that Center Director, Rae Schobinger says affected the entire nation.

(Rae Schobinger, Burdick Job Corps Center Director)"In January of this year, all across the nation there are 125 center, there was an enrollment freeze for every center across the country. We could not bring any students in at that time and we could not do any outreach, we could not do any recruiting or anything like that."

But the suspension lifted in April and the center started accepting students in May.

(Rae Schobinger, Burdick Job Corps Center Director)"We've been bringing them in every week since then, so we were really happy that it did not last until the end of June, so we're back on track.

And the students see their life goals taking shape.

(Ashley Huisenga, Burdick Job Corps Culinary Arts Student)"I want to work in a kitchen somewhere."

(Leon Kleina, Burdick Job Corps Welding Student)"First thing will be to start a family, but also to make money. North Dakota's a great region for this industry and this trade, so I'm looking to really take advantage of that opportunity."

Students graduate every week from Job Corps, and Husenga and Kliena will eventually do the same, but they will take more than specialized skills away from the Center.

In Minot, Kelli Volk, KX News."

Burdick Job Corps is now allowed to accept 197 students.

Before the suspension, enrollment was limited to 250 students.

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