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Blackwell Job Corps students travel to Florida to gain firefighting experience

Published: March 28, 2016 | 11:12 AM

BLACKWELL, Wisconsin, (March 18, 2016) – Wildland firefighting students from the Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center are helping the Ocala National Forest in Florida complete controlled burns while learning more about wildland firefighting techniques.

The first 8-person Blackwell crew traveled to central Florida from Feb. 28 to March 12, said Lee Jensen, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest assistant fire management officer. A second team will embark in late March. “This is a brand-new idea. A brand-new module configuration,” Jensen explained. “We are combining Blackwell students and staff with other students and staff from around the eastern United States to make 8-man modules for Forest Service’s Region 8.”

The Blackwell team completed its 14-day assignment alongside fellow firefighter-students from the Nebraska-based Pine Ridge Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, Other Job Corps Centers will contribute their firefighting students this spring.

“We have been sent to a fire just about every day. We helped to stop a 140-acre fire yesterday afternoon,” Jensen reported. “The boys are jumping in with the host engine company. They love our guys.”

Jensen said this program enables the Job Corps students to gain valuable experience on prescribed burns and helps them train for real-world wildfires. “This project serves many goals for the Forest Service,” Jensen said. “This project and many others like it are building a legacy for future public servants to better consider our land as a resource worth managing but also our youth as assets worth developing.”

The Forest Service started the wildland firefighter training program at Blackwell in October 2014. Since then, more than 18 students have been certified as wildland firefighters and 60 more are participating in the program.

The Blackwell Job Corps offers training in office automation, carpentry, construction crafts, health occupations, masonry, and welding. Additionally, students can earn their high school diplomas either through a partnership with a local high school, online or through General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency testing.

To learn more about opportunities at the Blackwell Job Corps Center please visit http://blackwell.jobcorps.gov/home.aspx.

Students may take classes in basic reading and math, and participate in groups covering topics like independent living, employability skills, social skills and career success standards. Other opportunities include earning their driver’s license and certifications in Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety standards/regulations and in other skills such as forklift operation and scaffold construction and tear down.

The 25-acre Blackwell Job Corps campus features a wellness center, dining facility, counseling services, a student-run bank, a computer lab and entertainment areas located in its dormitories and campus recreation center where students can work out, play basketball, challenge each other to a game of pool, or just relax.

"The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world."

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Job Corps graduate works hard, finds match in rewarding federal career

Published: December 25, 2015 | 11:25 AM

The U.S. Forest Service is calling attention this month to its "next generation" of federal workers: the Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000. The Forest Service works with Job Corps to recruit Millennials and inspire them to consider careers in conservation and natural and cultural resource management. The Forest Service and the Blackwell Job Corps Center have a millennial "success story" to tell.

In 2010 Arielle Gonzalez, then 19, took a bold step and left her hometown in Minnesota to enroll in Blackwell's construction program. After an injury caused her to switch career paths, she ultimately graduated with a focus on business administration. Gonzalez said she doesn't have any regrets about signing up for Blackwell or switching programs. "I told myself before I got there, I'm not leaving without a job," she explained.

The determination shown by this millennial began with an ultimatum from her mother upon her graduation from high school in Minnesota: get a job or go to college. "I didn't have cash for college and I wasn't interested in the starter jobs I saw where I lived," Gonzalez said. "I was going nowhere fast. I was the person in high school that everyone thought would be homeless."

A friend's mother told the new graduate about Job Corps opportunities and Gonzalez became determined to create change in her life. "I was nervous about moving away from home but the Job Corps offered a nine-month program and I thought I should probably go," she recalled. Gonzalez said her Job Corps education wasn't easy and she saw many students show up for the wrong reasons and not complete their programs. "You've got to be serious and go into the program with goals. The teachers train you as if they were your boss," she said. "I felt confident coming out of the business administration program."

Gonzalez applied for a position on the Ottawa National Forest in 2012. She currently serves the public in the forest headquarters as an office automation clerk. Her current supervisor, Lisa Klaus, recalls interviewing her for the front desk position and being impressed from day one. "Arielle came to her interview with a positive attitude and a determination to succeed that is still present today," she said. Four years later, the Ottawa National Forest knows they made the right choice in hiring Arielle, she added. "It's been such a success for both Arielle and the forest,"

Klaus said. "I enjoy watching her grow in her responsibilities and learn new things. I can't imagine walking into our office and not seeing Arielle's smiling face each day." "I'm so thankful for Job Corps and I feel like I need to give back; that's how much it changed my life. I tell everybody about Job Corps," Gonzales said. "I'm a total supporter. Even my parents didn't see my success coming. They've never been more proud."

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/  

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center: Blackwell Jobs Corps celebrates 50th birthday

Published: November 24, 2015 | 11:59 AM

BLACKWELL, Wisconsin, (Nov. 24, 2015) – Members of the press are invited to join the Blackwell Job Corps Center’s students and staff for a 50th-anniversary celebration Nov. 30, 2015.

A cake cutting ceremony takes place at 3 but members of the press and community are invited to join the students and staff in the recreation hall from 2:30 to 4:30 pm to view pictures and mementos documenting the Center’s rich history. The Blackwell Job Corps Center is located in the town of Blackwell on 4155 County Highway H, Laona. Students will guide visitors to parking spaces.

The center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The center serves about 160 students living and training on its residential campus. Blackwell offers training in office automation, carpentry, construction crafts, health occupations, masonry, and welding. Additionally, students can earn their high school diplomas either through a partnership with a local high school, online or through General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency testing.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Huge gazebo being built at Blackwell Job Corps campus is the largest construction project at the center in the last 14 years

Published: November 12, 2015 | 12:02 PM

A 40-foot wide gazebo under construction near the Blackwell Job Corps student dorms is a legacy that will be shared by classmates many years into the future. A team of carpentry students has been working on the structure since mid-June. According to the class instructor, the project is the largest on-campus project in many years. Most of the work will be completed around October 9th. However, rails and a stamped cement floor will be added in the spring of 2016. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Open House

Published: July 21, 2011 | 12:10 PM

Jul 21 - Laona, WI - Blackwell JCCCC will be hosting an Open House Event on Friday, August 5, 2011 in Laona, WI. The public is invited to attend this annual event and find out what goes on at the Blackwell Job Corps Center. Come out and tour our education and trade training facilities and while you are here have lunch on us.

There will be free door prizes, free lunch, and games for the kids. This will be a wonderful time to highlight the students and all of their achievements while at Job Corps. The tours will begin at 9:00 am running every fifteen minutes with the last tour taking place at 2:30 pm Lunch will be a cookout with burgers, bratwursts, and all the sides and will begin at 11:45 am and run until 12:45 pm Question and Answers sessions will take place at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for any questions you might have about our educational and trade training programs. No need to call ahead, just come out and join us for some good family fun. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Land stewardship training by Job Corps lauded by US Forest Service

Published: June 23, 2011 | 12:34 PM

Agency Job Corps Centers graduated over 4,000 students nationwide

JUN 21 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The new green curriculum of the Forest Service’s Job Corps will expand employment opportunities for its graduates, help revitalize local economies in rural communities and enhance the mission of the agency, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said today.

“The Forest Service congratulates high school and college students far and wide who are graduating this month, and we are especially proud of our own graduates of the Forest Service Job Corps centers,” said Tidwell. “Our students have completed valuable, hands-on projects giving them excellent tools to pursue career paths in green jobs while also creating lifelong connections with America’s great outdoors.”

Recognizing the program’s efforts in green jobs training, President Obama has endorsed them as America’s Green Job Corps.

At present, the Forest Service is awaiting final authorization from the Department of Agriculture for the go-ahead to directly hire Job Corps graduates to perform on land stewardship projects -- a process which is expected to put hundreds of the program’s graduates to work before fall.

Locally, the Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Laona, WI graduated a total of 153 students in the 2010 program year and will graduate 12 students in June of 2011.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 205 students at the Laona, WI Center. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. Forest Service employees operate 28 co-educational centers in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor.

In the last 12 months, the centers have graduated 4,263 students, better preparing them to enter the job market. Historically, approximately 80 percent of Job Corps graduates have started new careers, enrolled in higher education programs or have enlisted in the military.

Center enrollees come from low-income communities, both urban and rural. Students aged 16 through 24 who meet the economic criteria may obtain a high school or a general equivalency diploma and vocational training, primarily in a residential setting.

“Forest Service Job Corps centers provide the education, vocational instruction, and job skills training necessary to obtain gainful employment and earn a living wage,” explained Tony Dixon, the National Director of Forest Service Job Corps.

“Job Corps students are making Forest Service facilities and operations sustainable, lowering its operating costs, reducing our carbon footprint, and restoring terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems,” Dixon emphasized.

The centers directly contribute to the agency’s mission of conserving the nation’s national forests and grasslands. Job Corps students have fought forest fires, planted trees, improved wildlife habitat and built or maintained recreation facilities and miles of hiking trails.

The Forest Service Job Corps program maintains a cadre of young people with skills and abilities who can be quickly mobilized to address national emergencies including wildfires, floods, and hurricanes. Students assisted during the Columbia space shuttle recovery and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita disaster relief efforts.

Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers offer hands-on training in over 30 vocational trades including cement masonry, welding, business technology, painting, carpentry, bricklaying, wildland firefighting, food service, culinary arts and forestry.

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Students Donate to Local Community

Published: May 21, 2011 | 12:59 PM

Laona, Wis. (May 20, 2011)– The Student Government Association along with students at the Blackwell Job Corps Center donated funds to the Northeast Wisconsin Community Action Program or NEWCAP in Crandon, WI. Students at Blackwell wanted to make a difference in the community and felt that NEWCAP did a wonderful job of serving low-income individuals in the local community.

On May 20, 2011, Blackwell SGA Officers took food donations along with a check to present to the members of NEWCAP in Crandon, WI. This was an exciting time for the students and the NEWCAP staff were very appreciative of the donations made by the Blackwell JCCCC SGA and student body.

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Blackwell Job Corps Helps Local Community

Published: May 02, 2011 | 1:05 PM

Blackwell JCCCC had the great fortune of building a boat ramp for the City of Crandon. The ramp will be assembled out of 12 interlocking steel sections that the welding students at Blackwell constructed. Ten new 2’ x 12’ sections were constructed along with the repair of two existing pieces, which will be installed in Lake Metonga located in Forest County.

The ramp took 10 students a total of six weeks to construct while attending the Job Corps welding program. The ramp will be placed in the water to aid boaters and those fishing to put their boats in the water. Blackwell JCCCC students were happy to help out the community and the project gave them some good hands‐on experience while they earn their welding certification.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is the nation’s oldest and largest residential job training program for economically disadvantaged youth. This program is free for eligible students and includes benefits such as career, technical, academic and life skills training, housing, and health care.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Center Hires Local Residents

Published: April 12, 2011 | 1:20 PM

Laona, WI – April 12, 2011 - Blackwell JCCCC had the great fortune of recently hiring individuals from the local community. The following people were hired for full time, temporary, and call-when-needed positions: From Crandon, WI – Holly Kulinski, Bill Krause, Jayne Weber; From Townsend, WI – Amy Townsend; From Wabeno, WI – Dave Renkas, Wendy Bath, Marilyn Tarlton, Tim & Connie Friesen; From Lily, WI – Ellen Weber; From Laona, WI – Barton Sparks, Lloyd Terry, Shannon Martinson; From Goodman, WI – Bob Cutchins.

Blackwell JCCCC is pleased to welcome these individuals to our Center. The new employees will join other long time staff members, who are from the immediate area. Blackwell JCCCC will continue its’ mission of educating and training young people and hiring exceptional individuals from the neighboring communities to fulfill that mission. If interested in any of our current openings please feel free to contact Kathryn Hull at 715‐674‐7651.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is the nation’s oldest and largest residential job training program for economically disadvantaged youth. This program is free for eligible students and includes benefits such as career, technical, academic and life skills training, housing, and health care.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Center Introduces New Center Director Jacob C. Benes

Published: March 11, 2011 | 1:22 PM

Jake began his career with the Forest Service working as a Human Resources Specialist on the Olympic National Forest, Rogue River‐Siskiyou National Forest, and at the Northern Region’s Regional Office. In Early 2005, he accepted a counseling position at the Anaconda Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center.

While serving in this position, he developed a strong personal and professional appreciation for the Job Corps program and, ultimately, sought greater opportunities to contribute. From this position, he accepted a promotion to the Center’s Residential Living Manager and served for a period of time as Anaconda’s Acting Center Director. Jake intends to continue Blackwell Job Corps Center’s tradition of excellence.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Montana and a Master’s of Science in Management through Minot State University’s Job Corps Executive Management Program.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATED AT BLACKWELL JOB CORPS CENTER

Published: March 01, 2011 | 1:51 PM

Laona, WI – March 1, 2011 During the month of February Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center celebrated Black History Month. Black History Month is a celebration of important people and events in the history of the peoples of African descent. Students were encouraged to participate in the different events that took place like the poetry and essay contests and the soul food dinner that took place.

Aaron Hadley, TEAP Specialist, at Blackwell JCCCC was asked what Black History Month meant to him and this is what he had to say:

I have had people approach me from time to time and ask me why is there a ‘Black History Month’? Why the special designation? One has to understand the history of African American people…they did not immigrate to America as other ethnic groups did. When the immigrant ethnic groups migrated to America; they came with their culture, norms, and mores intact.

Africans were brought to America for one purpose and that was for what is known as chattel slavery. In America, Black families were broken up, destroyed. They were commodities; they were sold like one would sell a horse or a cow. Children were separated from parents, sons from mothers and daughters from fathers. It was illegal for a person of African descent to read or even learn how to read. The people of African descent were not allowed to speak in their native tongue. Their culture was stripped from them such as their native religion. An attitude had developed over the years that people of African descent did not contribute anything to society. So much so, that the people of African descent believed it too.

Emphasis was placed upon negative aspects of people from African descent and stereotypes were perpetuated about them. On some slave ships, mothers jumped into the sea and drowned with their infants in their arms rather than expose their infants to an unknown fate.

There is so much to say excluding some things does not give justice to the wealth of knowledge and information that African Americans have contributed not only to America; but to the world. From Dr. Charles Drew inventing blood plasma and devising ways to categorize blood types to Dr. Daniel Hale Williams who performed the first successful open heart surgery to Louis Latimer who invented the light bulb filament.

There have been great civilizations on this earth and the history of African Americans had been historically excluded from the history books.

I feel that recognizing and honoring Black History Month is truly the ultimate in practicing diversity and it can be a tremendous learning experience to know a person who once was not even considered a person.

Aaron provides assessment, intervention, counseling, relapse prevention and education related to drug and alcohol testing and intervention. Aaron is originally from Indianapolis, IN and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology along with a certification as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor for the State of Wisconsin.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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BLACKWELL JOB CORPS CENTER PARTICIPATES IN ANNUAL GROUNDHOG JOB SHADOW DAY

Published: February 22, 2011 | 1:58 PM

Laona, WI – February 22, 2011  On February 2, 2011, Punxsutawney Phil, the wise and famous rodent, emerged from his hole and declared that Spring would come early this year. With all the crazy winter weather the nation has experienced in the last few months, this was good news to hear. During the same time, Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center students were receiving a positive forecast on their careers and their lives.

Blackwell JCCCC participated in the annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day, that has taken place across the nation for the past 15 years. This initiative has been to engage students in the world of work by pairing student “shadows” with workplace “mentors” to introduce students to the workplace and demonstrate the connection between academics and careers.

This year 115 students and 13 staff members from Blackwell JCCCC participated along with community partners in Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2011. The local community opened their arms and allowed Job Corps students to come into their places of work and learn about real life experiences. The electrical trade visited Wabeno, WI high school to examine their auditorium to get some good ideas for the auditorium being built on campus. Students were also able to shadow the American Red Cross during their blood drive at Blackwell JCCCC. Nu‐Roc Community Healthcare in Blackwell, WI sponsored students at their facility, which allowed for some good experience for the Health Occupations students. Other trades visited advanced training sites in their perspective areas, while others participated in job shadowing on the Blackwell JCCCC campus. The event was a success and we look forward to working with the local community for next year’s Groundhog Job Shadow Day.

Blackwell JCCCC has partnered with businesses and organizations in the community for this event. If your business or organization would like to be part of this event next year, please contact Dax Allcorn, Business Community Liaison at 715‐674‐7675. For information about Groundhog Job Shadow Day, please go to www.jobshadow.org.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Center Announces Another Successful Blood Drive

Published: January 31, 2011 | 2:01 PM

Laona, WI – January 31, 2011

Part of the mission of Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is to encourage students to participate in community service projects such as the American Red Cross Blood Drive.  This allows students to better understand giving and the importance of donating blood that will save the lives of others in the community.

On January 25, 2011, Blackwell JCCCC sponsored a blood drive, in which 65 students and 6 staff members donated a total of 61 units of blood with a goal of 50 units.  Students and staff answered the call again and donated blood to help the shortage of blood both in the local community and nationwide.

The Blackwell Job Corps is the nation’s oldest and largest residential job training program for economically disadvantaged youth. This program is free for eligible students and includes benefits such as career, technical, academic and life skills training, housing, and health care.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Center Students Hit the Slopes at Ski Brule

Published: January 03, 2011 | 2:06 PM

Laona, WI – January 3, 2011

This year heavy snow came early for the Northwoods in Wisconsin and for bordering Michigan. This allowed for more than normal depth of snow at a local ski hill in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Blackwell Job Corps Students that were in a positive standing were chosen to be part of a winter retreat that took place on December 15, 2010, the day before they left on Winter Break. This event was kept a secret until the day before, so this trip was a complete surprise for the students that were chosen for the trip. Several staff members were also chosen to attend with the students and were able to ski with the students and assist them in navigating the slopes.

Before the students departed for the trip, they were able to choose whether they wanted to ski or snowboard at Ski Brule. Only a few of students had done either, so this was an exciting and new adventure for the students to embark on. The majority of the students chose to snowboard as The Flying Tomato. Shaun White is more known to them than Picabo Street.

As the students arrived at Ski Brule, they were greeted by Ski Brule staff who were very excited the students were there for the day's activities. Their staff helped each individual student in fitting for their equipment and got the students on the slopes in a very short period of time. Students had to go through training with Ski Brule staff before they were allowed on the slopes. There were so many staff members on hand that the students had all the help they needed to learn how to snowboard or ski and have fun on the hills. The staff at Ski Brule went out of their way and spent even more time with the students both on the bunny slope and on the slopes, even when their shift was over.

Once the students graduated, they were able to take the chair lift up the hill and ski and snowboard as much as they wanted. Job Corps staff had to make the students take a break to eat lunch because the students were having so much fun. The weather was perfect, the sun was out and there was no wind, which made for a beautiful day. By the end of the day the students had so much fun, they took a group picture and most of them fell asleep on the bus ride home. The students had a great time as did the staff and this created memories for both to remember the rest of their lives.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Center Students Assist at New Hope Shelter

Published: December 07, 2010 | 2:11 PM

Laona, WI – December 7, 2010

On November 26, 2010, students from the Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center helped serve Thanksgiving Dinner at New Hope Shelter and Transitional Living in Crandon, WI.  The shelter decided to have their meal the day after Thanksgiving, which gave those who were not able to volunteer or attend to come to the shelter.  Job Corps students performed many tasks from serving the food to cleaning up after the meal.  The students were given a tour of the facility after the meal and were able to learn about New Hope and their mission to help the community.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Center Participates in Great American Smokeout

Published: November 23, 2010 | 2:13 PM

Laona, WI – November 23, 2010

The Blackwell Job Corps is the nation’s oldest and largest residential job training program for economically disadvantaged youth. This program is free for eligible students and includes benefits such as career, technical, academic and life skills training, housing, and health care.

Part of the mission of Job Corps is to encourage students to participate in events to improve their health and show their support for their peers and the community. On Thursday, November 18th students and staff at the Blackwell Job Corps Center took part in the Great American Smokeout.

This is an annual event held by the American Cancer Society to help people quit smoking or get them on their way. Aaron Hadley, TEAP Specialist at the Blackwell Job Corps Center, was in charge of the event and encouraged students and staff to kick the habit. Mr. Hadley organized many great events for the day and even provided candy and bubble gum for the students and staff, in lieu of cigarettes, so they could be on their way to a healthier lifestyle.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Center Students Help Rebuild Camino Real Ranger Station

Published: November 17, 2010 | 2:19 PM

Laona, WI – November 17, 2010

Students from Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center were able to participate in rebuilding the Camino Real Ranger Station in the Carsen National Forest. The project began on March 22, 2010 and entailed demolishing the old structure (approximately 2000 sq. ft.) and building a new energy efficient structure (approximately 6,500 sq. ft.) that well represents the Forest Service principles of sustainable operation.

Two groups of students were taken to the Camino Real Ranger Station for the rebuild, the first was led by Eric Martinson, carpentry instructor, in April of 2010 and the second was led by Bob Moore who is also a carpentry instructor at Blackwell JCCCC. Ten students accompanied the instructors for each trip to help with construction. Students and staff were able to stay at a hotel complex in Taos, New Mexico and traveled 25 minutes to the city of Penasco for the project. This project gave students and instructors a wonderful experience and allowed the students to experience first hand what a work day will be like when they graduate the program. UBC Instructor Eric Martinson said of the project, “It (the project) gave the students a ‘real life’ job site situation to work on. When we arrived out there the project was a bit behind schedule. I told the students that when we left we would catch the job back up where it needed to be before we left. After many 12 hour days, the project was back on schedule. It gave the students the opportunity to learn how to meet deadlines, work a full day without having the interruptions of clothing trips, medical appointments and many other things that would cause a student to not work a full day while on center.”

This project demonstrated the ability of JCCCCs’ “mobile corps” or strike teams to travel to remote locations and experience work‐based learning in a real‐time construction setting. Approximately 300 Job Corps students utilized their vocational skills to complete the project. Center vocations utilized on the project included: carpentry, construction craft laborers, block masonry, cement masonry, electrical, plumbing, painting, plastering, facility maintenance, landscaping, floor covering, heavy equipment operators, and tiling.

National Training Contractors (NTCs), including International Masonry Institute, International Union of Operating Engineers, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, National Plastering Industry’s Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund, United Brotherhood of Carpenters National Job Corps Training Fund, Inc., the Construction Craft Laborers, and Home Builders Institute, provided journeyman level instructors to supervise the student crews. Construction materials include energy efficient walls (SIP structurally integrated panels), lighting, water fixtures and traditional New Mexico architectural design. Job Corps students learned the art of ancient technologies such as vigas, latillas, portals, and plaster exteriors that are unique to southwestern construction design and which are highly energy efficient and green. The project involves working with local construction experts on the installation of vigas and latillas supports which are unique to southwestern construction design. The project will expose students to Hispanic and Indian cultures of the southwest which will foster understanding and diversity.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Center Provides Maintenance for Grey Towers Historic Site

Published: November 05, 2010 | 2:26 PM

Laona, WI – November 5, 2010

Students from Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center were able to participate in providing maintenance for Grey Towers National Historic Site. Grey Towers is located in Milford, Pennsylvania and is the historical family home of Gifford Pinchot, the founder and first chief of the National Forest Service for the United States.

In March of 2010, the project at Grey Towers began and was finished in September of 2010. Two crews of IUPAT Painting Programs students worked at Grey Towers painting different areas of the main house and outlying buildings. Students worked traditional eight hour days and were given the opportunity to work with other Job Corps students and for other painting instructors and foremen. This gave the students hands‐on, real world experience in painting as they will receive after graduating the program and working in their local communities. The first group of five student painters worked at Grey Towers in June of 2010 and the second group of five painting students worked in September to finish up the painting project. IUPAT Painting students performed excellent work and made many improvements to the Grey Towers Historical Site.

The Grey Towers project provided excellent training for the students as well as making a positive statement for Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center. Much was learned from their time at Grey Towers, not only for their trade but receiving education about the history of the Forest Service. Because of the quality of work carried out by Blackwell students, they have been asked to return for other projects that will take place at Grey Towers.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Center Introduces New Business Community Liaison, Dax Allcorn

Published: October 19, 2010 | 2:29 PM

Laona, WI – October 19, 2010

Dax Allcorn is the new Business Community Liaison for the Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Laona, WI. As the Business Community Liaison, he is responsible for managing, organizing and monitoring the business/community relations and work‐based learning programs for the Blackwell Job Corps Center. He will also be responsible for building solid relationships within the community and with state and nationally elected officials.

Dax began his career with Job Corps in Missouri working for Dynamic Educational Systems Inc. as an Admissions Counselor for the southwestern Missouri recruiting area. While holding this position, he was able to build many good relationships within the community at many levels to include local employers, colleges, and high schools. After two years as an Admissions Counselor, he was approached for a position as the State Coordinator in Wisconsin for Dynamic Educational Systems Inc. Job Corps. Dax was able to establish good business practices while working for DESI Wisconsin and develop a solid foundation for his staff to build off of and improve their efforts. In October of 2010, he accepted a position working for the USDA States Forest Service as a Business Community Liaison for the Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center where he will be able to foster his relationships in the community and continue to promote Job Corps to the state and at a national level.

He holds a Bachelors of General Studies with emphases in Communication, Military Science and Humanities from the University of Missouri and a Masters of Science in Administration of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Center serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Blackwell Job Corps Center Invites Announces Another Successful Blood Drive

Published: September 30, 2010 | 2:33 PM

Laona, WI – September 30, 2010

The Blackwell Job Corps is the nation’s oldest and largest residential job training program for economically disadvantaged youth. This program is free for eligible students and includes benefits such as career, technical, academic and life skills training, housing, and health care.  

Part of the mission of Job Corps is to encourage students to participate in community service projects such as the American Red Cross Blood Drive together and to help them better understand the importance of donating blood to save lives of others.   On September 30, 2010, the Center sponsored a blood drive, in which 63 students and 8 staff members donated a total of 55 units of blood.

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BLACKWELL JOB CORPS CENTER CASTS JOB CORPS’ SHADOW ON ANNUAL GROUNDHOG JOB SHADOW DAY

Published: January 18, 2011 | 2:36 PM

Laona, WI – January 18, 2011

As the groundhog gets ready to look for his shadow, Blackwell JCCCC will join thousands of employers and students around the country who are taking part in Groundhog Job Shadow Day on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Since 1996, this initiative to engage students in the world of work has paired student “shadows” with “workplace mentors” to introduce students to the workplace and demonstrate the connection between academics and careers. The goal of Groundhog Job Shadow Day is to match more than one million young people with workplace mentors. On behalf of Job Corps, Blackwell JCCCC will join national event sponsors and students, businesses, and community members in the Laona, WI area during the weeks leading to Wednesday, February 2, in providing valuable workplace experience to students.

“Groundhog Job Shadow Day provides a unique opportunity to make the world of work come alive for our young people‐‐and that’s what Job Corps is all about. Each year, Job Corps teaches approximately 63,000 students the skills they need to become employable. Job Corps understands the importance of making the connection between center classrooms and employer workplaces, and Groundhog Job Shadow Day offers our students another opportunity to do just that.” For information about Groundhog Job Shadow Day, please go to www.jobshadow.org.     

Blackwell JCCCC has already partnered with businesses and organizations in the community for events during January up through February 6th, 2011.  If your business or organization would like to be part of this event, please contact Dax Allcorn, Business Community Liaison at (715) 674‐7675.

The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation serves 160 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit: https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, aids State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Lylenel Harris

Published: June 29, 2011 | 12:49 PM

Lylenel Harris from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, came to Blackwell in 2008. He quickly completed Constructions Craft Laborer career technical training in under a year and moved on to Business Technology training which he finished in 2009. Lylenel came to Blackwell in pursuit of higher education and "wanted something that was more than just a job."

Job Corps was just one of the chapters of this young man’s life. He was the youngest in a family of five being raised by a single mother. When he was eight years old, his mother was unable to continue caring for the children, and for about 9 years afterward, Lylenel and his siblings lived in ten different foster homes. "Living with many different families gave me the gift of understanding and welcoming diversity. I found it difficult to cope with going from one home to another, not knowing where I would end up next. I believe that was the very thing that allowed me not only to accept change but also gives me the ability to mentor others," he said.

Lylenel was not a stranger to Job Corps as his brother Wayman Harris graduated from a Job Corps center in Indiana as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Lylenel decided to choose the Blackwell campus for his training because it was smaller, offered more one-on-one educational opportunities, and was closer to home.

Lylenel’s Business Technology instructor, Linda Kau, speaks highly of him. "He has a very professional demeanor and has what it takes to take advantage of what Job Corps has to offer. Being hired by the Forest Service under SCEP is an opportunity he probably wouldn’t have anywhere else."

His skills in communicating and connecting with others were also noticed by the residential advisors in his dormitory. Within two months of his stay at Blackwell, he was placed in a leadership role and eventually became the dormitory vice president. He is also an active volunteer for blood drives and highway clean-ups and helped to build a play set for a local children’s park.

After he completed the Business Technology training, Lylenel didn't waste time and immediately hit the ground running. In November of 2009 he landed a great job in Indianapolis as an Assistant Property Manager and has worked that position now for over six years (and counting). As he continues to build his resume and working experience, we have no doubt that even better things are in store for him in the future. We are very proud of how far Lyenel has come in building a future for himself, and can't wait to see what he does next.

"Getting here was scary," he said, upon arriving at Blackwell, "but now it really feels like home. I’m glad I won’t have to look back five to ten years from now and wish I had been more successful. Job Corps gave me that wish."

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Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:12 PMSTORIES

Job Corps' motto is "Success Lasts a Lifetime" and nowhere is this more evident than in the story of Idaho Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sergio Gutierrez, who received his GED and studied carpentry at the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in the early 1970s.

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Sergio crossed the border with his family and settled in Stockton, California. His father struggled to make ends meet for his six children on field workers’ wages and his mother suffered from crippling mental illness. To ease their burden, Sergio, then four years old, and one of his sisters moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, to live with their loving grandmother in a leaky, hole-covered house that he remembers as barely habitable. Despite this poverty and hardship, Sergio was inspired by his grandmother’s wisdom and promised her that he would make something of himself.

When Gutierrez was 12, his beloved grandmother died, and he moved back to Stockton with his mother, his farm worker stepfather, and 12 other siblings. Scraping by in these conditions proved to be too much for the young man. He dropped out of high school after finishing 9th grade and fell in with a crowd of older boys that he admits were hoodlums.

Often homeless and frustrated with barely getting by on menial jobs, Sergio went to an employment office where he met a woman who recommended the Job Corps program to him. Resolving to fulfill his promise to his grandmother, he enrolled that day. This was when his new life began.

At 16, Sergio began attending the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in Oregon. The structure, support, and serenity of the center "gave me an affirmation that I could do something with my life." Sergio quickly became a leader among the students and graduated with carpentry skills and a GED.

Transformed by his experiences at Wolf Creek, Sergio went on to earn both an undergraduate and a law degree, practiced law, and was appointed to the Idaho Court of Appeals in 2002.

Judge Gutierrez attributes his success to the Job Corps program. "I was not going down the right path, and the program literally saved my life," he said. “My life turned around when I enrolled in the Wolf Creek Job Corp Center in Glide, Oregon. Job Corps saved my life. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings Law School. But I am most proud of the GED that I attained at Wolf Creek because it represented a new start in my life.”

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Darren Lenore

Published: June 29, 2011 | 12:55 PM

At one time, Blackwell student Darren Lenore had given up on himself. The youngest of six siblings, Darren experienced the unexpected death of his mother at a very young age. The impact of this led Darren down the wrong path. He found himself making poor choices, hanging out with the wrong crowd, and eventually dropped out of a Detroit high school. "I was doing things I wasn’t proud of," he said.

Things started to change for him after he saw a TV commercial about Job Corps. About a month after applying for a Job Corps scholarship, he arrived at Blackwell Job Corps Center. Over the past 11 months, he has earned a GED and will graduate from the Business Technologies trade in another two months. His future plans are to transfer to the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps in Minnesota for advanced training in the Transportation Communications Union Program.

Darren’s life lessons at Blackwell go well beyond vocational and educational gains. Early on, the staff at the Center recognized his ability to be a leader, mentor, and role model for other students at the center. He started working as a Dorm Leader and eventually became a Dorm President. These roles taught him how to work with a diverse group of people and provide guidance and discipline in a team-like atmosphere. Currently, Darren is the President of the Blackwell’s Student Government Association (SGA) where he was elected by a landslide of votes from his fellow students.

Darren would like to eventually return to Blackwell or another Forest Service Job Corps center as a Residential Advisor (RA) in the dormitories. Tom Morgan, Residential Living Supervisor couldn’t be more pleased. "This is the best student I’ve seen pass through our doors in my 15 years at Blackwell. Darren has been highly successful as the SGA president. He would make an excellent RA, and I would be very happy to see him return to Blackwell in that capacity once he finishes his advanced training."

As the SGA President, Darren has led the student Green Team which is taking a hard look at ways to conserve energy, reduce waste, and recycle at Blackwell, particularly in the four dormitories.

Darren also has a real passion for helping others in the community. He has been very involved with volunteer activities and would like to see the students become more involved with helping others in the area. "I learned about helping others from my mother. I think it’s important for students to experience this here so they continue volunteering in their own home towns once they’ve left Blackwell."

His mother would be proud - very proud.

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Holly Moore

Published: June 29, 2011 | 12:43 PM

If you’ve paid a visit to the Lakewood Ranger District office lately, it’s likely you’ve been greeted by Holly Moore, who is working for the Forest Service as a full-time Information Receptionist. She was hired under the Student Temporary Employment Program. She is also a student at the Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center where she enrolled in the Business Technology training program.

"It’s a pleasure to have Holly here," said Dale Harrison, her supervisor, "She’s a smart young woman, a quick learner, and is pleasant and respectable to the many visitors who stop in or call the District office."

Holly came to Blackwell approximately one year ago. She was familiar with Job Corps and was looking to enhance her skills and become more employable, so she first called the Job Corps phone line ((800) 733-JOBS) and indicated an interest in attending a Job Corps center in her home state of Wisconsin. She had been living in Milwaukee and was also a student at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena.

After meeting with a recruiter and supplying qualifying information such as transcripts and letters of recommendation, she was accepted into the program at Blackwell.

"Coming to Blackwell was an excellent way for me to learn structure and discipline and get away from the city and its distractions. I appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given to be a student at Job Corps because it has opened new and exciting doors for my future," she said. According to Center Director Jay Lowe, "Holly is an exemplary example of a student who has truly benefited from all that the Job Corps program has to offer young men and women."

At Blackwell, Holly belongs to the Intergroup Relations Committee, helping to organize events for the Center such as a Veteran’s Day recognition ceremony. She also volunteered for Make a Difference Day which included arts and crafts projects with local schools and daycare centers and raking yards for elderly and disabled citizens. She enjoys reading, playing dominoes, bike riding, and participating in pool tournaments at the center.

"We will continue building our partnership and connection with the Forest Service as we give students the opportunity to develop skills that are a good fit for the agency. Holly’s appointment to a position at the Lakewood office is a great start," said Lowe.

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Troy Carter

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:09 PMSTORIES

Like many Job Corps graduates, Troy Carter began his life in a low-income neighborhood with nothing but a dream of music industry success and a drive to make it happen. After struggling to balance his education with a budding music career, Carter enrolled in the former Chesapeake Job Corps Center in Port Deposit, Maryland in 1990.

Carter quickly graduated from Job Corps with a GED. Saying the program "helped me experience independence for the first time,” Carter applied his new skills and perspective with renewed focus to his music industry ambitions.

Today he is the CEO of Coalition Media Group, a successful Beverly Hills, California, artist management and digital marketing company. He has worked closely with superstars like Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Will Smith, Eve, Nelly, and Lady Gaga.

Carter says America needs institutions like Job Corps because building leaders "starts in school" with students who "don’t stop dreaming and work hard.” He is living proof that, if just given the opportunity, tomorrow’s leader could be anyone, even an ambitious young dreamer from West Philadelphia.

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Monique Williams Jordan

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:11 PMSTORIES

With a pinch of passion, a sprinkle of creativity and a generous amount of determination, "Chef Moe," Monique Williams, has turned her culinary aspirations into a recipe for success.

Her journey began as a culinary arts student at Woodstock Job Corps Center in Maryland - the same school where she landed her first job. After several years of teaching and inspiring other young chefs, Williams became the first former Job Corps student to become an advanced instructor at Anne Arundel Community College’s hands-on culinary program.

Chef Moe was recognized during the 45th Anniversary of Job Corps celebration and later joined her Woodland Job Corps Center culinary students to cook with Chef Robert Irvine from the Food Network show Dinner: Impossible. "The opportunity to make a life-changing difference in the lives of other young people is very special to me, and I will forever be grateful to Job Corps for giving me that," said Williams.

Chef Moe’s work in the kitchen is truly inspired, but it’s her gift for inspiring others to achieve independence and success, no matter where they come from, that has the power to change the world. We can’t wait to see what she cooks up next.

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Monique Williams Jordan

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:11 PMSTORIES

With a pinch of passion, a sprinkle of creativity and a generous amount of determination, "Chef Moe," Monique Williams, has turned her culinary aspirations into a recipe for success.

Her journey began as a culinary arts student at Woodstock Job Corps Center in Maryland - the same school where she landed her first job. After several years of teaching and inspiring other young chefs, Williams became the first former Job Corps student to become an advanced instructor at Anne Arundel Community College’s hands-on culinary program.

Chef Moe was recognized during the 45th Anniversary of Job Corps celebration and later joined her Woodland Job Corps Center culinary students to cook with Chef Robert Irvine from the Food Network show Dinner: Impossible. "The opportunity to make a life-changing difference in the lives of other young people is very special to me, and I will forever be grateful to Job Corps for giving me that," said Williams.

Chef Moe’s work in the kitchen is truly inspired, but it’s her gift for inspiring others to achieve independence and success, no matter where they come from, that has the power to change the world. We can’t wait to see what she cooks up next.

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Troy Carter

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:09 PMSTORIES

Like many Job Corps graduates, Troy Carter began his life in a low-income neighborhood with nothing but a dream of music industry success and a drive to make it happen. After struggling to balance his education with a budding music career, Carter enrolled in the former Chesapeake Job Corps Center in Port Deposit, Maryland in 1990.

Carter quickly graduated from Job Corps with a GED. Saying the program "helped me experience independence for the first time,” Carter applied his new skills and perspective with renewed focus to his music industry ambitions.

Today he is the CEO of Coalition Media Group, a successful Beverly Hills, California, artist management and digital marketing company. He has worked closely with superstars like Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Will Smith, Eve, Nelly, and Lady Gaga.

Carter says America needs institutions like Job Corps because building leaders "starts in school" with students who "don’t stop dreaming and work hard.” He is living proof that, if just given the opportunity, tomorrow’s leader could be anyone, even an ambitious young dreamer from West Philadelphia.

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Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:12 PMSTORIES

Job Corps' motto is "Success Lasts a Lifetime" and nowhere is this more evident than in the story of Idaho Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sergio Gutierrez, who received his GED and studied carpentry at the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in the early 1970s.

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Sergio crossed the border with his family and settled in Stockton, California. His father struggled to make ends meet for his six children on field workers’ wages and his mother suffered from crippling mental illness. To ease their burden, Sergio, then four years old, and one of his sisters moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, to live with their loving grandmother in a leaky, hole-covered house that he remembers as barely habitable. Despite this poverty and hardship, Sergio was inspired by his grandmother’s wisdom and promised her that he would make something of himself.

When Gutierrez was 12, his beloved grandmother died, and he moved back to Stockton with his mother, his farm worker stepfather, and 12 other siblings. Scraping by in these conditions proved to be too much for the young man. He dropped out of high school after finishing 9th grade and fell in with a crowd of older boys that he admits were hoodlums.

Often homeless and frustrated with barely getting by on menial jobs, Sergio went to an employment office where he met a woman who recommended the Job Corps program to him. Resolving to fulfill his promise to his grandmother, he enrolled that day. This was when his new life began.

At 16, Sergio began attending the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in Oregon. The structure, support, and serenity of the center "gave me an affirmation that I could do something with my life." Sergio quickly became a leader among the students and graduated with carpentry skills and a GED.

Transformed by his experiences at Wolf Creek, Sergio went on to earn both an undergraduate and a law degree, practiced law, and was appointed to the Idaho Court of Appeals in 2002.

Judge Gutierrez attributes his success to the Job Corps program. "I was not going down the right path, and the program literally saved my life," he said. “My life turned around when I enrolled in the Wolf Creek Job Corp Center in Glide, Oregon. Job Corps saved my life. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings Law School. But I am most proud of the GED that I attained at Wolf Creek because it represented a new start in my life.”

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