Job Corps

by Terry Watson | November 13th, 2013
Shanequa Chesson graduated from Job Corps with industry recognized certifications in culinary arts (Photo Courtesy of Job Corps)

Shanequa Chesson graduated from Job Corps with industry recognized certifications in culinary arts (Photo Courtesy of Job Corps)

Almost fifty years ago, Job Corps became the premier career training program for young adults who might not have had an opportunity to get a college education or pursue a corporate career. Today, this program is the nation’s largest comprehensive education and career development training program that has impacted millions of lives. Job Corps serves as the catalyst for young adults to channel their potential and explore endless possibilities that lead to rewarding careers. Job Corps still offers this one of a kind program at NO COST to eligible and suitable candidates.

As we move forward in building lives, one success at a time; we have IMMEDIATE OPENINGS. We enroll applicants year round. We are actively recruiting young adults ages 16 through 24 at many of our Job Corps centers for Health Occupations (CNA, Medical Office Support), Automobile Technician, Brick and Cement Masonry, Carpentry, Facilities Maintenance, Painting, Welding, Forestry Conservation and Fire Fighting, Office Administration and Culinary Arts. In North Carolina, there are four training centers available.

The average length of stay is anywhere from eight months to two years of education and training. Student employees engage in a personal career development plan that allows each student to work at their own pace. This process challenges students to develop confidence, concrete skill sets and employability skills that translate into employment, higher education or military. While enrolled, students are provided with a bi-weekly allowance, room and board, two paid vacations home, free basic health care, recreational activities, help with employment opportunities and a bonus allowance upon entering the workforce.

Job Corps provides the resources you need as a potential student employee at one of our local and regional centers. Resources for employers consist of complete access to a pool of quality talent through our career transition services. Whatever the need, Job Corps is designed to make a difference.

Shanequa Chesson (a graduate from Harnett Central High School) was looking for another avenue outside of college to achieve her career and personal goals. She learned about Job Corps from her mother who conducted research online.

Chesson’s Job Corps experience was worthwhile in giving her a chance to learn more about herself and what she could accomplish with determination, motivation and support. According to Chesson, “Job Corps teaches you a lot.” She goes on to say, “the Job Corps staff is caring and give constant encouragement; really nice.” The hands-on training component in Job Corps is what Chesson felt was the best way for her to learn a skill.

Chesson graduated from Job Corps with industry recognized certifications in culinary arts from Kittrell Job Corps Center and Woodland Job Corps Center for advanced certifications. She encourages other youth like herself; “Take full advantage of what Job Corps has to give.” As she prepares to become independent and travel the charted path of success, her plans are to enroll into college for Business Management and ultimately start her own Gift and Pastry shop.

Recently, Chesson was given the opportunity to fulfill her goal of becoming an independent caterer and gift and pastry entrepreneur. She has a business slogan: “Turning your ORDINARY treats into something EXTRAORDINARY.” Shanequa is destined to succeed and we are proud of her accomplishments in and beyond Job Corps.

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