Job Corps Students Shadow Lawmakers
Byline: Melissa Brosk, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
More than 30 Job Corps students from across the country spent yesterday on Capitol Hill, shadowing members of Congress as part of the program's 40th anniversary celebration.
Latoya Logan, a 24-year-old student at the Potomac Job Corps Center in Southwest, shadowed Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican.
"I'm very excited," Miss Logan said. "I grew up in Memphis, so I like him."
Miss Logan was given a tour of Mr. Alexander's office before meeting privately with him and key members of his staff.
In return, Miss Logan gave Mr. Alexander a Job Corps T-shirt and hat, which he promised to wear when fishing.
"When I was 17, a U.S. congressman paid attention to me," Mr. Alexander said. "It reminds me that I shouldn't be too busy for young people."
Miss Logan said she enrolled in the job-training program for at-risk youths after seeing a television commercial for the program. She attended Job Corps classes in Kentucky before moving to the District for an advanced clerical program.
"I'm learning word processing, data entry and typing," she said. "I'd like to go into the health care field as an administrative assistant when I graduate."
Most students complete their training in nine months, but are allowed two years to get through their choice of more than 100 vocational training programs.
The federally funded program was founded in 1964 by Sargent Shriver as an education and job-training program for people 16 to 24. …