MONROE, VA (December 9, 2013) — Since 1964, Job Corps centers across the nation have provided education and opportunities for at-risk youth. Through the development of critical thinking and workforce skills, students leave ready to positively impact the economy and become leaders in an ever evolving society.
To celebrate Job Corps’ rich history, Old Dominion Job Corps Center held a community breakfast in celebration of the 49th Anniversary of the National Job Corps program. Over 70 guests, including political representatives and leaders within the community, attended the event, allowing students to demonstrate their abilities and desire to give back to Virginia.
Demonstration of the student’s skills began in the kitchen as the culinary trade students prepared breakfast and refreshments for their guests. While participants enjoyed the students’ culinary creations, Student Government Representative Walter Powell thanked the community for their continued support of Job Corps and assured the audience that, “Our missions and goals as students have remained constant. We came here to earn the certifications required in today’s working world. We persevere because we know that the assignments, the work and the changes are an investment in our futures.”
As breakfast concluded, guests were invited to an expo-style display in the gymnasium. Students demonstrated their skills by changing brake pads, fixing electrical panels, taking blood pressure readings and even installing a kitchen sink.
Delegate Ben Cline was particularly impressed with the students “knowledgeable and professional” attitudes throughout their presentations.
Central Virginia Community College President John Capps reflected on the day and was very pleased with the breakfast and the impact Job Corps has on its students.
“What an impressive program!” Mr. Capps said. “Lives are being changed as a result of the educational opportunities and workforce development activities that Job Corps provides.”
Author: Moriah Dietrich