Chambliss Visits Job Corps Students; It Coincided with President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 Creation of the Corps

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON

BRUNSWICK - The Brunswick Job Corps Center showed U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss how it comes by its name as the Georgia Republican toured the facility Friday.

Chambliss saw students training for jobs in patient care, medical records, security, construction and other fields.

But some of the crafts formerly associated with Job Corps are falling by the wayside, center Director Mel Gaines told Chambliss.

The center and others nationwide are dropping welding, a skill that once provided skills that landed graduates in good paying jobs, Gaines said.

With less than 10 percent of its welding graduates getting jobs, instruction has stopped at the center and those who want to take the course are being trained at Altamaha Tech across the road, he said.

The Brunswick Job Corps Center is divided into two fields, construction and health care, he said. Describing the latter as a "growing field,'' Gaines said the center has formed partnerships with Southeast Georgia Health System and area nursing homes. …