MARION, VA (May 30, 2014) — Blue Ridge Job Corps Student Government Association (SGA) President Fiama Alcantara Manznares was recently selected to represent the United States on a trip to China as a part of the second Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Youth Skills Camp.
Ms. Manznares was one of 120 Job Corps students nationwide to be selected for the program. Her dedication and desire to improve her skills and help others made her an excellent candidate for the program.
Since joining the Blue Ridge center in September 2013, Ms. Manznares has completed the Certified Medical Assistant program and has applied for the Licensed Practical Nurse program at Smyth County Technical Center.
Ms. Manznares’ peers and leaders quickly recognized her drive and leadership capabilities and advanced her position in SGA from secretary to president within one semester.
Job Corps has helped Ms. Manznares understand a bigger world outside of her own through other student’s stories and experiences.
“Blue Ridge Job Corps is helping me get closer to my goals because I have the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and different lifestyles,” Ms. Manznares said. “I have met people that help me appreciate what I have and it makes me admire them because they have been through many obstacles in life and that motivates me to do better.”
Ms. Manznares has always wanted to make a big impact on the world, and she believes that helping others in China is the first step in doing so.
“I am passionate about helping others,” Ms. Manznares said. “I want to be someone who makes a difference in other people’s lives either through the medical field or as a social worker for abused children and women. I would like to be someone who encourages people to do better and inspires them to see their brighter tomorrow.”
The APEC Youth Skills Camp will be comprised of ten days of interactive training in a variety of settings including field training, vocational schools, businesses and public training facilities. The goal of the camp is to promote awareness of the importance of career technical training, skilled trades and technology in economies around the world.
Operations Officer Steve Hendricks was happy to learn that Ms. Manznares was selected to represent ResCare, Blue Ridge Job Corps and the United States while in China.
“What an excellent opportunity this is for one of our students,” Mr. Hendricks said. “We truly are so proud of her and very excited for the experience she will have.”
ResCare, with 40 years of experience, is one of the largest providers of in home care to seniors. Our caregivers provide elder care services, including housekeeping, telecare, recovery care for seniors living alone and respite care for families who provide full-time care to loved ones with conditions such as Alzheimer’s. ResCare also offers residential and support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provides education, vocational training and job placement for people of all ages and skill levels.
Author: Moriah Dietrich