Turner Job Corp Students Give Back and Get Ready for Future Careers
Turner Job Corp students are using their newly acquired skills to give back to their community. Landscaping trade students restored in the “Welcome to Albany” sign in Albany, Georgia on the Albany and Lee county border. They removed trash and cut back the overgrown grass, weeds, and bushes. The transformation was stunning, turning an area once an eyesore into something Albany is proud to show its visitors.
This project was beneficial for students in professional development, honing skills such as punching in and out on time, taking lunch breaks, and how to properly wear their work uniforms. It helps landscaping students learn to manage and prepare for specific projects. The students appreciate the structure of the classes and projects.
“We know what questions to ask about the job so that when we show up, we have the right equipment,” Demar Walker, 21, told the Albany Herald.
Melvin Drake, a longtime Albany resident and current business community liaison and work-based learning coordinator at Turner Job Corp, is looking to get job corp students and the community more connected.
This community service helps diminish the stigma that sometimes surrounds students in these types of programs. Many people assume students are enrolled in job corp programs because they couldn’t handle being in a traditional schooling environment. These misconceptions could be nothing further from the truth. Students in job corp programs such as Turner Job Corp are there because of a strong drive to learn and be active, employed members of their community.
E-Hired has provided a crucial role in getting these students into the workforce. E-Hired sends Turner Job Corp students daily job leads through text and email. During August 2018, 473 Turner Job Corp students were sent 20,8184 jobs through E-Hired. Landscaping students alone were sent 6,200 jobs.
After seeing what a beautiful job the landscaping students did around the “Welcome to Albany” sign, we are excited to see what these students will do in the workforce.
The Job Corps program was created during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 as part of Johnson’s War on Poverty and Great Society initiatives that sought to expand economic and social opportunities for Americans, especially minorities and the poor. Job Corps is one of the oldest social programs in the federal government today. A product of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the Job Corps was first set up by Sargent Shriver, a member of the Kennedy family who ran many of Johnson’s social programs. Shriver modeled the Job Corps on the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, which provided room, board, and employment to thousands of unemployed people.
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