Meet some of the numerous students who have graduated from Job Corps and read their stories. These stories are just a few examples of how Job Corps helps our graduates make success last a lifetime.
Upon enrolling in Job Corps, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I just knew at that moment I wanted to further my education. I wanted to make more money and most of all, I wanted something I could start a career with. I had grown tired of living pay check to pay check and something just had to give. My brother suggested Job Corps to me having had prior experience at the Paul Simon Job Corps center. I was made aware that I had to live on campus away from my family, which was almost a deal breaker for me but I made up my mind that I was going to do it. I needed to be challenged so I contacted Ms. April Maley to assist and further inform me of what all I needed to do to become enrolled in the program.
The experience I gained was beyond fulfilling. The 8 career success standards they instill in their student body at Atterbury Job Corps center are standards that I will take with me everywhere I go. I feel as though they better prepare students who have little to no work experience on how to not only get but keep great jobs, not only with the helpful tips they give but by networking with the staff members there. Having built such a great rapport with the staff on center, I know there isn't one person I can't call and ask to use as a reference on an application.
After about 6 months I felt an overwhelming sense of pride come over me because I had finally completed my trade in security. I chose security because I wanted it to set me up on the right path toward the military. The military was my initial goal. Once I became 100% complete in my trade I spoke with various different staff members about advanced training because I knew I wasn't done quite yet. Although I could land a job, I didn't want to make a career with a security trade. I wanted a job that deals with human service work and counseling and I finally found an advanced training center that was suitable for me. Once all my paperwork was submitted, the only thing I had left to do to officiate my completion at Atterbury was graduation.
On the day of graduation all I could remember was having bad nerves mixed with excitement! Everyone in the graduating class was so pumped that we had finally made it to this step! I was asked to sing the national anthem for the graduating class before me, so being asked to sing it again for the graduation I was actually participating in meant all the more. I was so excited at graduation because not only had I accomplished everything I set out to at Atterbury but I was excited to be moving on to the next step in life, and that next step for me was advanced training.
I’m currently enrolled in advanced training at Gadsden Job Corps center in Gadsden, Alabama. I had my worries about it but overall I’m glad I came. I’ve been here since February 16th, 2016 and I’ve met so many new people and experienced things I wasn't able to in Indiana. I thank Ms. Maley for helping me and supporting me every step of the way as her encouragement has meant the most to me. My Job Corps experience as a whole has been one to remember and I’ll always recommend Job Corps to people who want more. Job Corps is a great way to lay a strong foundation for your future. I’m happy I gave Job Corps a try.
Criston M., Atterbury Job Corps, 2016 Graduate, Advanced Training, Gadsden Job Corps, Alabama
Cameron is a security trade student and is working for as a Security Guard for a company that supports Indianapolis CVS stores. One day when he was near the back of the store, watching over their pharmacy, when the store manager called for security over the intercom. He needed assistant with an unruly customer in the checkout line. She was upset because her outdated photo card did not work on the photo machines in the store. The manager fully explained that he would help her as best as he could once he finished with the other customers. The customer kept talking, became increasingly belligerent and was then asked to leave the store. Cameron warned the woman that the police would be called if she did not leave the store. The customer left and the manager thanked Cameron for remaining calm, for making a good effort to deescalate the situation and for providing enough support to keep the store secure. Cameron stated that he enjoys his job and really thanks Job Corps for providing him with the kind of training needed to do a job like this.
I started with Job Corps in September of 2014. My original plan was to go into the military but my Dad passed away and my Mom needed my help at home. My brother, who went to Job Corps, knew I had goals and knew I wanted to do more with my life. He suggested that Job Corps was an effective program and could help with improving Army ASVAB scores.
I wanted to be a nurse in the army but my ASVAB score was 58 and it needed to be at 78. I qualified for the Army Dental training but really wanted to do nursing. That’s when I chose to go to Job Corps. Several trades sounded worthwhile and I settled on Homeland Security training. The program was similar to my goals, the content was thorough and the instructors were interesting. I finished the trade rather quickly, so I decided to take up a second trade and enrolled into the C.N.A program. Shortly after beginning the C.N.A. program, one of the Job Corps staff members helped me with an application for a local prison. About a week later I was called for an interview and in September 2015 I left Job Corps and started at the prison as a Correctional Officer.
As a Correctional Officer, I work with inmates to ensure their safety and the safety of the facility. One of the hardest things about my job, believe it or not, is the paperwork. There are a LOT of chains of command to pass along information properly. I am learning how to work within a team and complete technical paperwork. The best part of the job is learning about the inmates and their lives. Helping the residents think about their future and establishing life goals is something they enjoy.
I have been tested repeatedly in my new role and have learned to overcome challenges by focusing on the work at hand and what I was hired there to do. As a result, I have continued to grow and improve and have been asked to apply for a Sergeant position. While I am in a dangerous job, my safety depends on how I treat inmates and others. I look forward to a great career with the Prison.
For students thinking about attending Job Corps I have some advice. When things get difficult, remember what you want in life and go for it! Stick with the plan and keep on pushing. For students who have left or finished with Job Corps, my advice is to MAKE AN EFFORT and NEVER GIVE UP. Strive to reach your goals. If you don’t have goals, get some. I plan to go to college to further my career. Thank you Job Corps for your help with MY future!
Unsure of what direction to take after struggling through a few legal charges and court appearances, he decided that his life was worth something. He wanted to do something MORE and wanted more from life. That’s when he enrolled in Job Corps in the electrical trade program.
After 9 months, Nick completed his trade training, returned home and began his job search. Initially, Nick wasn’t sure if he wanted to join the Army Reserves or pursue work related to his trade. A few things Nick had to learn during his job search was how to be discrete on Facebook, how to speak with employers both over the phone and in person and how to build cover letters and resumes. After following a few job leads that took him to Maryland then to Miami, Nick returned to Indiana to get serious about his job search.
ABC helped Nick secure an interview with a steel fabricating company in his hometown. After a long and grueling process of interviews, background checks and drug screens, Nick became part of the workforce as a “warehouse associate”.
Nick did all that his employer asked. He worked hard, arrived to work on-time, proved that he could be counted on to get the job done and demonstrated a level of commitment that led to a promotion. Nick is now a team lead of his warehouse team and he received a pay increase for his efforts. Today, he has his own truck and has much to show for his hard work and dedication.
Thank you Nick, for persevering through difficult circumstances for proving that your life is worth living.
“Do what you gotta do, until you can do what you wanna do.” ~ Keith
Keith went to Job Corps to attain his GED and get training in security for his future career in the military. He left Job Corps early and did not complete either one. He was able to find employment at a tire shop on the south side of Indianapolis. He did not accept this has his final attempt. One year later Keith, more determined, returned to Job Corps.
He became involved in the SGA, and set his sights on completing his trade and GED certifications. Keith became a leader on campus and then completed his GED and his trade. His goals never changed.
Keith did graduate from Job Corps and quickly went after his goal of employment. He found a job within one week of his separation. He is currently employed by Securatex and is working as a Security Guard at a work release home on the near east side of town.
Keith still kept the same goals for his life, but reworked the steps it takes to get there. I thought his quote, was a great example of a student who is determined to complete his goals.
My student success story is Orlando. Orlando was a high school dropout, working dead-end warehouse jobs. He relied on public transportation to get back and forth to work because he didn’t have a Driver’s License. He had been helping his grandfather out with his auto repair business but did not have any formal training. So, Orlando heard that Job Corps offered him an opportunity to finish his education, obtain training in his field of interest, auto repair, and also offered Driver Education. He attended Cincinnati Job Corps where he completed his high school education, obtained his certification in auto mechanics with a specialization in brake systems, and also obtained his Driver’s License. After graduating from the program, he bought a car, secured a job as a Parts Salesman for O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, and continues to work with his grandfather’s auto repair business.