Job Corps is geared toward 16- to 24-year-olds who are prepared to change their lives. Applicants must meet certain eligibility criteria. Job Corps offers free hands-on career and educational training. The program, known as one of America’s most successful employment training initiatives, has been preparing youth for successful careers since 1964.
All four of the award winners are employed by American Business Corp., one of the premier Job Corps service providers in the county.
Vanus, a career transition specialist, commented, “I love connecting with my students, hearing their stories and creatively figuring out ways I can help them. Big or small, the differences we make in their lives are worth it. I have always enjoyed working with youth, and they seem to have an easy time developing a rapport with me.”
What McCall, an admissions counselor, loves most about her job is when applicants realize that there is still a chance for them to succeed regardless of their past issues. She likes walking through the struggles of the Job Corps journey with them and achieving the goals they aimed for.
Soledad, also an admissions counselor, said she likes to work with youth and help them to have a new start and to be successful in life.
Skirvin, a career transition specialist, said he enjoys providing an opportunity to economically disadvantaged young people so they can become independent and self-sufficient.
More information about the program is available by calling 1-800-733-5627 or visiting www.jobcorps.gov.