Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jobs Corps: It's a Way Up for Young Persons

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jobs Corps: It's a Way Up for Young Persons

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Dear Ann Landers: Almost two years ago, you wrote about Job Corps in your column. As a result, thousands of people called and wrote seeking information and assistance. Today, many young people are furthering their education, training for their careers and becoming self-reliant, all because of that column.

Job Corps is America's premier work-readiness program, offered free to qualifying low-income young adults ages 16 to 24. I am sending you letters from students, alumni, staff and community agencies about Job Corps. Their stories are inspiring and important, and I hope you will print them.

ELIZABETH CAHILL, REGIONAL DIRECTOR, WOMEN IN COMMUNITY SERVICE Thank you for giving me the opportunity to mention Job Corps once again. It performs an outstanding service. Here are the letters: From Drums, Pa.: At 17, I dropped out of school and started doing drugs. I had no education and no skills and was unemployed. I had a child when I was 18, went on welfare and worked minimum-wage jobs, but I wasn't making ends meet. Since I have been at Job Corps, I have passed my GED, have obtained my driver's permit and am learning how to be a medical assistant. Job Corps gave me a second chance. Denise in Miss.: Besides academic and vocational training, Job Corps offers lifestyle skills - learning how to complete resumes, good manners, proper grooming and social skills. Job Corps has to be one of the best-kept secrets around. Carey: I was 18 and in trouble when I first heard of Job Corps. I got my GED and was offered technical training while they fed and housed me and also paid a modest allowance. They even included medical care in the deal. Francisco: I came to Job Corps without speaking a word of English. Thanks to Job Corps, I was able to purchase a home, get married and am now preparing to enter a master's program in International Business Law. Celia: Sixteen years ago, I passed by the Job Corps Center while riding the bus. …

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