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Muhlenberg's Heavy Equipment Program

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center has two clusters of training, and the cluster we are highlighting today is Heavy Industry.  As a Job Corps student, you can learn how to perform the essential tasks of a heavy equipment operator, including operating power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, or front-end loaders, in order to excavate, move and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard-surface pavement.

Students earn credentials that help them gain the knowledge and skills to assist their success in heavy equipment operating.  Credentials lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.  Just a few of the credentials a student may earn are:  OSHA, Green Certification, Flagger, Forklift operations, and NCCER (National Center for Construction Education & Research.)  A student who completes this program can expect an average starting salary of $39,000/year. MJCC takes pride in its programs and their hard working, skilled, and talented staff.  Hands on training occurs on center, or at off site locations for community projects. 

If you know of someone who could benefit from this free program, contact Karen Robinson, at (270) 377-3269.


Muhlenberg students Job Shadow at State Capital

On February 2nd, Muhlenberg Job Corps staff and students visited prominent leaders of the Kentucky Commonwealth for Groundhog Job Shadow Day.  Students Rhiana Godfrey and James Diehl had the opportunity share their background stories that led them to the Job Corps program with Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin; State Representative, Brent Yonts; and Kenucky Senator, C.B. Embry.   The students were very glad to be able to personally thank each of them for their continued support of the program.


Muhlenberg Job Corps & Law Enforcement Officers Go for the Net

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center men’s basketball team is currently gearing up for the spring championship tournament.  On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the team was excited to display their talent during a friendly game against the local law enforcement officers.  The police officers took all seriousness to the floor.  They challenged one another during four fifteen minute casual games with MJCC winning overall.

Tommy Nantz, police officer with the Muhlenberg County Police Department stated, “We had a lot of fun playing the students and learned a lot from their schooling they delivered.  We appreciate the opportunity to meet them all and look forward to playing them again soon.” 

As always, MJCC truly appreciates the officers taking time out of their busy schedules for a little casual ball handling.  This is just one of the many ways MJCC builds bridges with the community.  The local law enforcement officers are not rare faces to the Muhlenberg center.  They visit quite frequently for random safety drive through visits, staff training, special events, and as classroom guest speakers.

On February 2, Muhlenberg Job Corps staff and students visited prominent leaders of the Kentucky Commonwealth for Groundhog Job Shadow Day.  Students Rhiana Godfrey and James Diehl had the opportunity to share with Kentucky State Senator, C.B. Embry, their background stories that led them to Job Corps program. They also bragged about their graduation and college successes.  In addition to shadowing with the State Senator, the students also had the opportunity to share the same with State Representative, Brent Yonts and the Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin.  The students were very glad to be able to personally thank each of them for their continued support of the Job Corps program.


MJCC Heavy Equipment Operator

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center has two clusters of training, and the cluster we are highlighting today is Heavy Industry.  As a Job Corps student, you can learn how to perform the essential tasks of a heavy equipment operator, including operating power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, or front-end loaders, in order to excavate, move and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard-surface pavement. 

Students earn credentials that help them gain the knowledge and skills to assist their success in heavy equipment operating.  Credentials lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions. Just a few of the credentials a student may earn are:  OSHA, Green Certification, Flagger, Forklift operations, and NCCER (National Center for Construction Education & Research.)  A student who completes this program can expect an average starting salary of $39,000/year. 

MJCC takes pride in its programs and their hard working, skilled and talented staff.  Hands on training occurs on center, or at off site locations for community projects.  Here you see heavy equipment operator trade instructor Brian Hancock and students clearing some ground on Center to build a road for the heavy truck driving (CDL) course. 

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center serves opportunity youth ages 17-24.  They obtain vocational skill training they need to be successful in their chosen career.  More than 70 percent of Job Corps students earn industry-recognized credentials in one or more than 100 trades in high growth industries.  If you know someone who could benefit from this free program, contact Karen Robinson at (270) 377-3269.

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center has two clusters of training, and the cluster we are highlighting today is Heavy Industry.  As a Job Corps student, you can learn how to perform the essential tasks of a heavy equipment operator, including operating power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, or front-end loaders, in order to excavate, move and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard-surface pavement. 

Students earn credentials that help them gain the knowledge and skills to assist their success in heavy equipment operating.  Credentials lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions. Just a few of the credentials a student may earn are:  OSHA, Green Certification, Flagger, Forklift operations, and NCCER (National Center for Construction Education & Research.)  A student who completes this program can expect an average starting salary of $39,000/year. 

MJCC takes pride in its programs and their hard working, skilled and talented staff.  Hands on training occurs on center, or at off site locations for community projects.    Here you see heavy equipment operator trade instructor Brian Hancock and students clearing some ground on Center to build a road for the heavy truck driving (CDL) course. 

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center serves opportunity youth ages 17-24.  They obtain vocational skill training they need to be successful in their chosen career.  More than 70 percent of Job Corps students earn industry-recognized credentials in one or more than 100 trades in high growth industries.  If you know someone who could benefit from this free program, contact Karen Robinson at (270) 377-3269.

Muhlenberg Students Volunteer at Long Chapel Restoration Project

Two welding students from the Muhlenberg Job Corps are among 11 Job Corps students who are spending two weeks in Virginia completing Phase II of the Long’s Chapel Restoration Project. Other students represent the Charleston and Carl D. Perkins Job Corps centers. The project, which started Oct. 19, will run through Oct. 30.

Long’s Chapel is a historic site located just outside Harrisonburg, VA, that served as a center for worship, education and community for newly freed slaves living in the rural community of Zenda. The simple wooden structure was purchased in 1869 and became a focal point for Zenda residents before eventually falling into disrepair.

Phase I of the Long’s Chapel Restoration Project was completed in August 2009 by students from the Whitney M. Young, Muhlenberg, North Texas and Sacramento Job Corps centers.

The two-week Phase II project will give students the opportunity to put their job training to use and earn up to 80 hours of work-based learning. The project will include site preparation, a fresh look to the chapel’s exterior, a new ramp to provide easier and safety access to the chapel along with a new landing for a new entrance to the building, improved walkways, fresh landscaping and additional seating inside the chapel.

Muhlenberg Job Corps students participating in the Long’s Chapel Restoration Project are Chester Epperson and Cordarious Fountain.

Epperson, from Humbolt, TN, serves as a dorm president at the center, and has been active in the welding program’s work-based learning project to build 40 air conditioning unit covers for the Charleston, WV, Job Corps Center. He has obtained certifications in forklift and Green Environment and plans to further his education by pursuing advanced training for pipe welding. Epperson’s career counselor, Christy Shemwell, noted that “Chester is a great mentor and leader to his peers, and he excels at all of the Career Success Standards. He is highly respected by staff and by his peers.” Johnny Mefford, Eppeson’s welding instructor at Muhlenberg Job Corps, said Epperson “is very motivated, hard-working and always willing to learn.”

Fountain, from Brewton, AL, plans to complete the CDL and Heavy Equipment Operator career technical training programs at Muhlenberg in addition to the welding program. He has obtained certifications in forklift and Green Environment, in addition to obtaining his high school diploma. He serves as a dorm vice president on center, and has been named “Most Improved Student in the HEO Foundations Course and Most Improved Student in Welding. After completing the programs at Muhlenberg Job Corps, Fountain plans to enlist in the military and use his welding skills there. His Career Technical Training Instructor Keith Austin, noted that Fountain “has excellent social skills and job training skills,” which make him an excellent candidate for the Long’s Chapel Project.

Happy Feet 5K Glow Run

It is that time of year again when the MJCC staff and students slip on their tennis shoes to get motivated for a purpose!

On Friday, September 18, 2015, twenty students and eight staff participated in the Happy Feet 5K Glow Run/Walk event. The team donated $706 to the Happy Feet Foundation that benefits family resource centers in schools within Muhlenberg County. The foundations buys children in need a new pair of shoes. This donation led to a sponsorship of twenty three students!

This is just one of the many ways the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center gives back to their community.

Muhlenberg Students "BLOCK THE HATE"

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, the Y2Y student ambassadors,  S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Club and staff participated in a day of “BLOCK THE HATE!” Staff and students were given colorful ‘hate blockers’ aka sunglasses with peace signs covering the lenses. BLOCK THE HATE is just one of the many anti-bullying campaigns sponsored by the Y2Y and S.A.V.E. ambassadors. Y2Y Partners 4 Peace is an initiative that empowers students to promote peace within their Job Corps communities.    

Open campus environments present unique challenges as it pertains to keeping staff and students safe. Safety education and awareness remains top priority for everyone at the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. The center has developed a quality Active Shooter Plan with a focus of preparation and prevention. Recently, Active Shooter Response training and drill was conducted with all employees at the Center by multiple officers from the Greenville Police Department and Patrolman, Wesley Miller. Miller not only covered active shooter response techniques but also shared how easy products are to obtain to make small self-made bombs and weapons.

This type training along with other safety programs and Youth2Youth campaigns are taking place at the Muhlenberg Campus to ensure a safe learning, living and working environment for all staff and students. The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center Student Government leaders joined with local agencies, community members, servicemen, and educators to honor Patriot Day by participating in activities that promoted education on the 9/11 events, outstanding character, and drug/alcohol prevention.   

Throughout the week of 9/11, MJCC Student Government Leaders held an all staff and student Patriot Day assembly on Center with two special guests from the local community. The ceremony was kicked-off by an amazing vocal performance by student Cody Pardue singing the National Anthem. Then the first guest speaker took the podium, Major Curtis Persinger, Range Operations Officer of the Wendell H. Ford Training Center.  Major Persinger gave a very moving speech about his time in the military and the 9/11 events.  Persinger took everyone back to where they were that very moment when tragedy struck our great nation.

The second guest speaker, Muhlenberg County Sheriff, Curtis McGehee, shared an experience he once had at an airport when his wife and he were sending his son off to basic training. They received poor customer service by one agent, and yet an airport volunteer showed them more compassion and recognition of his son being a serviceman. The students could clearly tell the difference of the positive and negative character traits between the two examples mentioned above. Sheriff McGehee stated “it doesn’t matter where you are, who you live with, who you are in the presence of, you should always have good character at all times.” He closed by encouraging the students to continue their path at Job Corps, to live a clean drug/free life and become successful citizens of society. The ceremony closed by having a reception outside the cafeteria serving a patriotic ice-cream treat. 

MJCC Student Government Educates Muhlenberg South
Elementary School Students

On Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 the Student Government Association leaders of the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center reached out to educate young children about Patriot Day at the Muhlenberg South Elementary School. The five student leaders of MJCC developed a Patriot Day booklet for the eighty one kindergarten students and shared with them the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. The leaders did not focus too much on the tragedy, but mostly on how important first responders such as firefighters, police officers, ambulance personnel, and doctors and nurses are to events such as the 911 attack. The children were asked who they considered to be their hero and the responses received were “my Dad, my Mom, Superman, and Superwoman.” 

After the education segment, the children enjoyed cooling off with a red-white-blue popsicles!

Muhlenberg SGA Recognizes Hometown Heroes

On Friday, September 11, 2015, the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center’s Student Government Association leaders held a Patriot Day ceremony at the county Veterans Memorial Center in Greenville, Kentucky.  Student Cody Pardue kicked off the event by singing The National Anthem in front of the great turn out of military, first responders, and community representatives.

Karen Robinson, the Business Community Liaison asked all in attendance to stand for a moment of silence to honor the fallen heroes of the 911 tragedy and for those who still grieve. 

After, Robinson continued by stating, “Student Government would like to thank all of those who serve and protect us in Muhlenberg County.  Unfortunately it seems that the community only recognizes the brave and generous acts of our First Responders when tragedy occurs. We shouldn’t need something terrible to happen for us to realize how fortunate we are to have such well-trained men and women here for us every single moment. We all have a purpose and a duty to fulfill and while doing so we need to always keep in mind that integrity matters, responsibility matters, and service matters.” 

SGA leaders presented sixteen Hometown Hero plaques to all of the following servicemen and first responders: 

  • Owensboro Health – Muhlenberg Community Hospital
  • Muhlenberg County 911
  • Muhlenberg Emergency Management Services
  • Muhlenberg County Sheriff
  • Wendell H. Ford Military Training Center
  • Greenville Police Department
  • Central City Police Department
  • Powderly Police Department
  • Drakesboro Fire Department
  • Greenville Fire Department
  • Graham Fire Department
  • Central City Fire Department
  • Bremen Fire Department
  • Beechmont Fire Department
  • Nelson Creek Fire Department
  • Dunmor Fire Department

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Bulldog Step Team closed out the ceremony with a step performance in honor of Patriot Day.

Muhlenberg JCC celebrates Job Corps Commencement Day!

On Friday, July 31, 2015, Muhlenberg Job Corps celebrated National Job Corps Commencement Day.  A total of thirty three students proudly walked the stage to receive their well-earned trade diplomas. 

The ceremony began with Student Government President, Jessica Tyler who conducted the ceremony welcome.  Following, very talented students Marquan Daniel and Jasmine Foster performed a beautiful duet singing, “Can’t give up now.”  The words rang true with everyone present, who in unison sang along filling the gymnasium with spirit and much hope for successful futures

Mrs. Jan Yonts, Mayor of the City of Greenville, was the honored guest speaker who encouraged the students to continually work hard towards their vision of ‘their’ future.  Yonts stated, “be what you see, set your vision and enjoy what you do, and do your very best while you do it.  Open your eyes, have a vision by an act of power of what is come to be.” 

Mr. Eric Jones, Center Director performed the closing tassel ceremony on behalf of the Muhlenberg Job Corps, Horizons Youth Services and the U.S. Department of Labor.


U.S. Representative - Congressman Whitfield Shows MJCC Support

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center was honored to host United States Representative, Ed Whitfield on Monday, August 3, 2015.  The Congressman is no stranger to the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center, the Center considers him family.  He is a friend and neighbor within the First District of Kentucky where he proudly serves 30 or more counties.  He is also a great friend and advocate of fireman, policeman, farmers, the coal industry, and the military forces.  He was welcomed by a wide variety of local officials, Job Corps staff, students, and military.

Whitfield addressed all who were present by saying, "Obviously, we’re all fans of the students of the Job Corps program. There is a lot of young people around our country with talent, a lot of ability, and because of circumstances they find themselves in, they never had the opportunity to utilize their full potential.  Job Corps does provide that opportunity. He believes it is a very effective program for America’s disadvantaged youth.  Every dollar that is spent on Job Corps really does provide a greater economic benefit because of the additional jobs that are created because of the training that the young people receive at Job Corps. The reason the program is so successful, in addition to the students, is because of the staff. The staff makes it work.

Thank you for the continued leadership and I look forward to working with all of you to make Job Corps a stronger component of our education program in America."

Congressman Whitfield is the Founder of the Job Corps Caucus. The friends of Job Corps Caucus brings together a diverse and bipartisan group of U.S. House members to serves as a unified voice for the thousands of economically disadvantaged youth Job Corps serves annually. The Caucus draws attention to the integral role Job Corps plays in the economic well-being of local communities, youth, and U.S. taxpayers.


MJCC Walks for a Cure

On Friday, June 26, 2015, staff and students of the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center were proud to participate in the Muhlenberg County Relay for Life event to benefit cancer research.  The Bulldog Angels fundraising club sponsored Friday Jean Days for monetary donations and the Center was also able to add in a corporate match donation.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life event is a life-changing experience that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remembered loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.  Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.

From 6pm until midnight the teams recognized survivors, watched hair donor shave her head for “Bald for Becca” and participated in the Mr. Relay Pageant.  Student, Matthew Rutherford, took one for the team in honor of his friend Dustin who passed away from Cancer.  He was a participant in the Mr. Relay pageant and walked away with winning prettiest smile, softest hands, and prettiest feet!  Matthew is a Certified Nursing Assistant trade completer and is currently enrolled at the Madisonville Community College.   Before the night closed they announced the winner of the Best Campsite, with Muhlenberg Job Corps Center as the proud recipients!

The team’s total donation was $2,089 and Muhlenberg County raised approximately $64,500 for the American Cancer Society. 


MJCC NOH8 Campaign

On June 24, 2015, the S.A.V.E. Club (Students Against Violence Everywhere) chose to participate in the All Love, NOH8 campaign to stand against discrimination and bullying of all kinds.  Those who volunteered to participate in the full day campaign wore jeans and white t-shirts, placed duck-tape over their mouth, and painted NOH8 on their face.  The S.A.V.E. Club wanted to spread the message of ‘All LOVE, No Hate’ and that it can be interpreted and applied broadly, and speaks to each person in their own way! 


MJCC Celebrates #27 Ranking!

The staff and students of the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center are extremely proud to announce that as of April, 2015, the Center is now  ranked #27, out of 126 Job Corps centers in the nation! 

The center’s overall ranking has continuously improved over the last several months. This is the best the center has ever performed!  It’s the strong performance of the center’s placements that is primarily driving the center’s current success.  The overall trade performance is ranked #1 within the Philadelphia Region and ranked #11 nationally.  The center has trades that are in high demand and they strongly promote Job Corps Advanced Training programs, college enrollment, and military enlistments.  As a result, their graduates are landing some of the best wages in the entire Job Corps system! 

More students are leaving with great paying jobs.  More students are attending college.  More students are taking advantage of Job Corps’ Advance Training programs.  End result?  Successful Students = Successful Center.


MJCC Takes the Icy Plunge!

On February 28th, staff and students of the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center participated in the Penguin Plunge which is a fund raising event for the Muhlenberg County Food for Kids Backpack Program.  The funds raised helps feed approximately 731 youth in the county.  Foods to supply a weekly backpack for one student for the school year costs $100. Their goal was to reach $73,000 and they are still taking donations. Through dollar jean days and a bake sales, MJCC raised $350 enough to feed three students!   Representing MJCC to take the icy plunge are Academic Instructor, Jon McCay and Student Government students Jeffrey Scohera and Kassie Hartman. 

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2014


MJCC Builds Softball Park for the Rochester Community

Muhlenberg Job Corps Center was called upon by the Rochester City Council to construct a community softball park. Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Instructor John Austin quickly accepted the task. He and several students have worked on the field since the beginning of May 2014.

The students have worked diligently to level the inner and outer fields, dig drainage trenches and holes for power poles, and install fencing. The students are proud of their work and proud to be able to give back to the Rochester community.

Rochester Council Member Sue Hammers stated that the council was so grateful for MJCC because the students' work is free. Otherwise, the council could not afford to complete this project.

Muhlenberg Job Corps thrives on opportunities such as this because they allow our students to obtain hands-on experience in their trades.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Center's 34th Annual Eggstravaganza

Muhlenberg Job Corps Center hosted its 34th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on April 12, 2014. The staff of our Recreation Department and the student recreation leaders were excited to entertain 124 hunters at this year's event.

Depending upon their age, children were able to hunt eggs in two different fields that had eggs hidden with prize numbers. Every child walked away with a prize basket filled with candy treats and more. The center also had a bounce house, face painting, and games for the children.

The community egg hunt is an annual event that the center looks forward to hosting every year. This event allows the local community to see a different side of Muhlenberg Job Corps students. This event is only one of many outreach activities our Recreation Department sponsors to build strong relationships with the people of our community.

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State Police Officer Speaks to Commercial Truck Driving Class

On April 8, 2014, Kentucky State Police Officer Beau Mosley was a guest speaker for the Commercial Truck Driving class at Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. Officer Mosley spoke of the commercial safety driving rules and regulations that commercial truck drivers must comply with while operating regular vehicles and big rigs.

Officer Mosley covered the driving hour limit for over-the-road truck drivers; under this limit, drivers are allowed a maximum of eleven hours' driving time before taking a mandatory 10-hour break. He also conducted a thorough presentation of a mock pre-trip inspection on a vehicle and stressed the importance of the law which requires completion of this inspection.

Officer Mosley also showed a video about illegal drugs being transported in trucks and the consequences for drivers caught transporting such drugs. This last subject caught the attention of the entire class.

Officer Mosley is one of the many community members who takes time out of his busy schedule to educate our students.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Has Support on Capitol Hill

Karen Robinson, Business Community Liaison of Muhlenberg Job Corps Center, recently met with U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield on Capitol Hill. Robinson provided Whitfield with an update of the many successes of Muhlenberg Job Corps Center and thanked him for being the number one advocate of the Muhlenberg Job Corps program.

Whitfield was recognized by the National Job Corps Association on April 2, 2014, for his efforts on behalf of Job Corps. The award read: "Representative Whitfield fought to restart youth admissions, and he championed funding, allowing Job Corps to serve as many youth as possible. As a result, tens of thousands of formerly disconnected youth are safe, learning and starting careers in our nation's fastest growing occupations."

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Helps 4-H Food for Kids Backpack Program

The Student Government Association and Peer Counselors of Muhlenberg Job Corps hosted a pizza sale to raise funds for the 4-H Teen Club's Food for Kids Backpack Program. The program sends backpacks of food home on Fridays with students who need food over the weekend.

The Food for Kids Backpack Program also has an annual fundraiser called "The Penguin Plunge" where each donation of $100 feeds one child for a year and gives the donator an opportunity to plunge a "penguin" into 34 F° water. The penguin who took the plunge from Muhlenberg Job Corps Center was Student Personnel Manager James Sharp.

Over 200 people attended this year's event which raised over $45,000 of total donations.

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Retired Seniors Volunteer at Muhlenberg Job Corps

Members of the Retired and Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP) of Muhlenberg County recently visited Muhlenberg Job Corps Center to file student tax returns. This is the eighth consecutive year that the volunteers have come to the center to file tax returns free of charge for our students. Many of our students do not get a large refund, so not having a filing fee means a great deal to them.

The RSVP tax filing program has existed for the past 19 years in Muhlenberg County. RSVP is one of the many community partners who volunteer their time to support Muhlenberg Job Corps students. The volunteers had a very busy day filing over twenty Job Corps student tax returns.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Participates in Groundhog Job Shadow Day

Thousands of employers and students around the country took part in Groundhog Job Shadow Day, held during the week of February 2, 2014. Since 1999, this initiative which engages students in employment settings has paired student "shadows" with "workplace mentors" to demonstrate connections between academic and technical skills to careers. Groundhog Job Shadow Day provides a unique opportunity to make the workplace come alive for young people, and that is what Job Corps is all about.

Each year, Job Corps trains approximately 60,000 young adults for the skills they need to become employable and successful on the job. Job Corps understands the importance of making the connections between center-based classrooms and employer workplaces, and Groundhog Job Shadow Day offers students another opportunity to do just that. For almost 50 years, Job Corps has provided opportunities to more than 2 million young people. Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, this voluntary, residential training program offers educational, career technical, and social skills training to youth ages 16 to 24 at 125 centers nationwide.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Center had students shadowing several staff on center and at multiple businesses throughout the county. Specifically, the Health Career students had the opportunity to shadow Muhlenberg County Circuit Court Clerk Cameron Laycock at the Kentucky Court of Justice. He covered the overall operations of the Circuit Court Clerk's office and the roles of his staff. Laycock also shared that nearly 1.2 million court cases flow through Kentucky courtrooms each year. The students truly enjoyed their job shadowing experience with Mr. Laycock.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps CNA Pinning Ceremony

On January 27, 2014, Muhlenberg Job Corps Center held a pinning ceremony for thirteen students who completed the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course. The pinning ceremony is a rite of passage for anyone entering into an area of the nursing profession, with Certified Nursing Assistant being the stepping stone to a higher degree of nursing. The pin is awarded as a symbol of identification that dates back to 1855 when Queen Victoria of England presented Florence Nightingale with a specially made broach to commend her for her work in the Crimean War.

A candle was lit as a tribute to Florence Nightingale. The lit candle symbolizes the nursing rounds that she made at night tending to wounded soldiers, with only the light of her lamp to light her way.

With all of their candles lit, the students recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge: "I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care."

All thirteen Certified Nursing Assistant students completed their sixteen clinical hours at the Maple Manor Nursing Home.

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Health Careers Students Learn from Hospice

On January 28, 2014, Don Duncan of the Muhlenberg County Hospice spoke to our health careers students at Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. Hospice is an organization that provides support and care for those who are in the final phase of a life-limiting illness so they can live as fully and comfortably as possible. They help patients and families prepare for a death satisfactory to them.

Duncan covered the following topics with the group: admission criteria; levels of care; a dying person's bill of rights; home care; nursing home care; different stages of death and dying; and grief education and bereavement support. Duncan also mentioned a camp that Hospice sponsors every year for adults and children who have lost family members. This camp helps those individuals with the grieving process and how to cope with losing a loved one.

In closing, he discussed employment opportunities. To gain employment with Hospice, individuals are required to have a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate with long term or acute health care experience.

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Muhlenberg County EMS Visits Muhlenberg Job Corps

On January 29, 2014, Johnny Hocker of Muhlenberg County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) visited Muhlenberg Job Corps Center to speak with our health career students.

Hocker explained to the students that EMS maintains and enhances the local community's health and safety. Although EMS is most often recognized as emergency vehicles responding to an incident, EMS is always ready everyday at any time to respond to every kind of emergency.

The students were allowed to go through the ambulance, and they asked many questions about the medical equipment.

Muhlenberg Job Corps works closely with local emergency responders for special informational sessions such as this and participation in the annual Safety & Health Fair.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Seeks Non-Residential Students

Have you considered training at Muhlenberg Job Corps Center but didn't want to live on campus? If so, now is the time for you to enroll. Muhlenberg Job Corps Center has available positions for non-residential students who are allowed to commute to the center daily instead of living on campus.

If you need to complete your education, we can place you either in the GED program or high school diploma classes. The Muhlenberg County Career High School at the Muhlenberg Job Corps is operated by the Muhlenberg County Board of Education and is fully accredited by the Kentucky State Department of Education. Our high school teachers are certified by the State of Kentucky and provide intensive one-on-one assistance to our students. The GED program is staffed by dedicated teachers who are also certified and provide excellent instruction leading towards the GED certificate.

Students also have the opportunity to choose one of the following career pathways: Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aid, Construction Equipment Mechanic, Class B Licensed Commercial Driver, Clinical Medical Assistant, Heavy Equipment Operator, Medical Office Support/Insurance Claims Processing, Pharmacy Technician, or Welding.

Non-residential students have the same benefits as students who lives on campus. You would attend classes daily from 8:00am to 3:30pm. You would also receive bi-weekly pay; trade uniforms; basic medical, vision, dental, and mental health services; free meals; and job placement services

As a student, you can attend all of our recreational activities and events. We have an enthusiastic recreational staff that will keep you busy during leisure time in the recreation hall and gymnasium. The recreation hall houses billiards tables, a gamers' lounge, a theater, and a library. Our gymnasium houses a barber shop, an arts & crafts classroom, ping-pong tables, a music room, and a fitness room with treadmills, elliptical machines, and free weights.

If you are interested in enrolling as a non-residential student, please contact Business Community Liaison Karen Robinson at (270) 377-3269 for more information.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Hosts Blood Drive

Hosting a blood drive is one simple way Muhlenberg Job Corps gets involved to help those in need in our local community. The blood drive, held on November 13, 2013, was very successful with one hundred and eight students signed up to donate blood. The American Red Cross collected the maximum of 46 units within the time frame allotted; regretfully, they had to turn many volunteers away.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Center hosts a blood drive four times a year, and student participation is never lacking. This is just one of the many ways the students at Muhlenberg Job Corps give back to the Muhlenberg community.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Prepares for Flu Season

Muhlenberg Job Corps Center wellness staff and health advocates are well aware that even healthy people can get the flu. Throughout the month of November, the wellness staff were proactive with educating our students and staff about how serious the flu can be. Flu education was shared at weekly student assemblies, and informational pamphlets were distributed. Since November 1, over 176 flu vaccinations have been administered to our students and staff.

Our wellness staff and health advocates highly encourage everyone to take the following actions to protect themselves and others from the flu:

  1. Take time to get the flu vaccine;
  2. Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs, and;
  3. Take flu anti-viral drugs, if prescribed.

Yearly flu shots are recommended for anyone older than six months of age.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Hosts Softball Tournament

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Sports Club recently sponsored a softball tournament. Several teams from the local community came to our center to compete against the Muhlenberg Bulldogs, who are coached by Recreation Supervisor Cody Perry The other teams were Team Harper, the Muhlenberg Maniacs, Team Bone, and Team Campbell.

The tournament raised a total of $1,049 for the Muhlenberg Job Corps Sports Club. These funds will be used to purchase additional supplies and sports gear and to sponsor larger tournaments on-center in the future. The Bulldogs compete in numerous local charity tournaments throughout the season and truly enjoy giving back to our local community.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Student Artwork Displayed at Local Gallery

During the month of October 2013, the Duncan Center Museum & Art Gallery is proudly displaying the art created by Muhlenberg Job Corps students.

At Muhlenberg Job Corps, we offer our students the Arts & Crafts program as an extracurricular activity. Many students find great pleasure expressing themselves through art and find that it provides a quiet time to enjoy with others. The students also have found that art relaxes the mind and gives them a sense of well-being.

Arts & Crafts Instructor Barbara Kirk is always amazed at the many talent of her students. The students whose artwork is displayed at the show have graduated from Muhlenberg Job Corps and advanced to new careers or sought higher education through advanced training or college.

Muhlenberg Job Corps is very pleased and honored to have the Duncan Center Museum & Art Gallery display the many talents of our students.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Students Take Advantage of TCU Opportunities

Mr. Oscar Derderian, Regional Coordinator for the Transportation Communications Union (TCU), recently visited Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. The purpose of his visit was to promote TCU's advanced training programs, answer student questions, recruit eligible students, and conduct current applicant interviews. Over the past year, Muhlenberg Job Corps Center has transferred more students to TCU's programs than any other center in the nation.

Mr. Derderian stated there is currently a very high need for welders in their Carman program. Successful graduates of this program will be placed in a variety of maintenance jobs on the railroad and can expect to earn at least $18.00 an hour. Some of Muhlenberg Job Corps recent Carman program graduates are now earning over $20.00 an hour. Mr. Derderian's presentation sparked a lot of interest, and many of our students are starting the application process to transfer to TCU over the next few months.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Students Give Back to Local Community

On September 14, 2013, forty-five Muhlenberg Job Corps students volunteered at local charity and high school events in Muhlenberg County. The students were members of the Muhlenberg Job Corps Student Government Association and Peer Counselors.

Thirty-eight students volunteered to park cars and assist at the Heroes in Mud 5K Run held at the Muhlenberg County Convention Center. The Heroes in Mud 5K Run was sponsored by Muhlenberg County 911, Central City Fitness Center, and Wendell H. Ford Training Site to benefit a local firefighter who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The run included twelve mud-covered obstacles for adults and smaller obstacles for children. The students truly enjoyed their fun-filled day giving back to our community.

Seven students parked cars for the Muhlenberg County High School Cross Country Meet that was held at the high school's East Campus. The students and chaperones directed traffic for over 800 visitors attending the meet.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Hosts Pharmacy Tech Trade Center Industry Council Meeting

Muhlenberg Job Corps Center hosted a Center Industry Council meeting that focused mainly on the Pharmacy Technology trade. The purpose of the meeting was to build additional partnerships and job placement opportunities for Muhlenberg Job Corps graduates.

Mike Romesburg, Workforce Initiatives Lead Manager for CVS Pharmacies from Atlanta, Georgia, attended the meeting and visited the pharmacy technology students in the classroom. He stressed to the students the importance of soft skills, phone etiquette, empathy with resolution, and problem-solving skills to the pharmaceutical field.

Romesburg also shared that CVS has several medical call centers in need of skilled employees. The call centers offer full-time positions with benefits and start out with a hourly wage of $12.50, with a salary increase after training is complete. After reviewing the Medical Office Support eTAR, Romesburg stated that the call center jobs would be a great fit for our students.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps "Swings for Sadie"

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Bulldogs competed in the 2nd Annual Swingin' for Sadie softball scholarship tournament on Saturday, July 27, 2013. The Bulldog team was defeated early, but Coach Cody Perry stated, "Regardless of the defeat, the Job Corps students had a great time competing because they enjoy giving back to the community."

The annual tournament is held to raise money to benefit Muhlenberg County graduates with college expenses. Hundreds of softball players and spectators from surrounding counties spent the weekend taking part in the tournament.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Hosts Annual Safety Fair

Muhlenberg Job Corps teamed up with the local community to hold its Annual Health & Safety Fair. Many supporters of the Job Corps program came prepared to teach a hands-on important health or safety points at their booths. Various departments of Muhlenberg Job Corps also hosted informational booths pertaining to their area of expertise. The students participated in the hands-on demonstrations and learned from the agencies about healthy eating and exercise, fire safety, emergency care, blood borne pathogens, drug & alcohol abuse, smoking cessation, prescription education, first aid, and dental hygiene.

Muhlenberg Job Corps would like to thank the following agencies for making this event a huge success:

  • American Red Cross
  • Baptist Health Hospice
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • Greenville Fire Department
  • HR Ministries
  • Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Mahr Cancer Center
  • Muhlenberg Ambulance service
  • Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Department
  • Muhlenberg Health Department
  • Muhlenberg Hospital Sports Medicine, Risk Management, Home Health, Sleep Study Program
  • Muhlenberg Medical Center
  • Muhlenberg Multi-Care
  • Narcotic Task Force
  • PR Zone
  • Wendell H. Ford National Guard Training Center
  • Western State Hospital

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MJCC Donates to Pathway of Hope Foundation

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center is more than an educational program, it’s more than a training program, and it’s a program that enjoys giving back to their community. The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center has a club called the Bulldog Angels which was developed for the sole purpose to give back. The club hosts Friday jean days and other type fundraisers for a small monetary donation from those staff who choose to participate. The monetary donations will be shared with Muhlenberg County charities in need.

The Bulldog Angels were proud to recently present a $300 check to the Pathway of Hope Foundation located in Greenville, Kentucky. The foundation is a Christ-centered, pro-life facility designed to counsel girls and young women on the devastating effects of abortion. The facility offers counseling sessions and access to numerous infant supplies for free. The foundation has been organized by Diana Anderson, executive director since 2005. Anderson has help from a large number of volunteers and has served over 1,100 families. The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center staff and students were more than proud to choose Pathway of Hope as the recipient of this donation.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Embraces Financial Literacy

During the past four weeks, students of the Muhlenberg Job Corps have been learning and navigating banking basics from Woodforest Bank representatives. Woodforest and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recognize the importance of financial education, particularly for those with little or no banking experience. Jamie Braem, Lindsay Williams and Nicholas Pear are teaching an eight week financial literacy curriculum to the students so they can obtain the knowledge needed when making future financial choices.

Woodforests' mission is to promote economic growth through community development lending and financial literacy programs. Through lending, investing, and volunteering between 2012 and 2014, Woodforest employees have volunteered over 28,000 hours of financial literacy education. Muhlenberg Job Corps students are completing curriculum on borrowing basics, checking accounts, keeping their money safe, how to loan to own, why money matters, how to own their own home, and credit score importance. Upon completion of the course, each student will obtain a certificate of achievement on financial literacy education. Woodforest Bank is just one of the many business partners that come to the center and educate on their field of expertise.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Hosts Senior Citizens Prom

On October 23, 2014, the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center recreation department, with the assistance of the health careers students and military club, had the opportunity to host the 2014 Senior Citizens Prom. The prom is an annual event that has out-grown their facility and the Muhlenberg Job Corps was more than glad to host their event. One hundred and fifteen Seniors purchased a prom ticket for $10 each that benefited the Pennyrile Allied Community Services (PACS) Hot Delivered Meal Program at the Senior Citizens Center. Everyone enjoyed a nice meal catered by the Snack Shack ran by Sherrie Hornsby, and music was provided by the Benny Pryor Band. Students directed traffic and assisted with parking, escorted seniors to their tables, served their meal, and delivered hot plates to their tables. The Benny Pryor band provided hours of country tunes that the seniors and students lined danced to until the end of the night. All enjoyed the delight on each of the Senior’s faces when they were asked to dance by one of our students. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all, so much so that they now want to hold a New Years Eve Dance at the end of the year.

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center, located in Greenville, Kentucky serves disadvantaged youth ages 17-24. They obtain vocational skill training they need to be successful in their chosen career. Year in and year out, for the past 50 years, the Job Corps program has been a beacon of hope and opportunity for over 2.7 million young people. Muhlenberg offers training and certifications in heavy equipment operating, welding, class B CDL, construction equipment mechanics, certified nursing assistant, clinical medical assistant, pharmacy technology and medical office support.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Celebrates National Commencement Day

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center celebrated National Job Corps Commencement Day along with 125 other Job Corps Centers in the nation. The national day of celebration, sponsored by the National Job Corps Association was held August 22, 2014 to coincide with the 1963 signing of the Economic Opportunity Act by former president Lyndon B. Johnson.

Coleman Elridge, Senior Advisor and Executive Assistant to Kentucky’s 61st Governor Steve Beshear, was the guest speaker for the special commencement day. Elridge stated “it is left up to you to have the dignity to move forward in your life, the dignity to make a difference, you’re worth the dignity you’ve earned. Please remember that you are the faces of hope and opportunity. We are blessed as a commonwealth and nation for your journey.”

Graduate, Zsantiya Murphy, from Stone Mountain, Georgia, was honored to be the student guest speaker who delivered powerful motivational speech to her peers, stating “as we shake hands, as we receive our diplomas, as we leave this center we can say that during the 50th Anniversary of Job Corps, we left accomplished. We will be known as the ones who came, took care of business, and prospered.” Twenty six graduates proudly walked the stage to receive their diplomas.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Serves Community at 2014 Deer Classic

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Military Club had the opportunity to once again control traffic and park cars for the 26th Annual Kentucky Deer Classic. The Kentucky Deer Classic has become known as "the" showcase for Kentucky's avid deer hunter and outdoorsman. Hunters from all over the region look forward to our Kentucky Deer Classic as part of their annual preparation for the upcoming hunting season. The exhibition floor was filled with the latest hunting and outdoor equipment from leading vendors in the hunting industry. The Job Corps students parked cars for over 3,000 visitors who were anxious to shop and participate in a 3-D archery shoot, BB gun shoot, and paintball games. The clubs of the Job Corps are proud to assist the community with events such as this. The Military Club sponsor is Security Officer, Jerry Ford.

Muhlenberg Job Corps 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration

The Muhlenberg Job Corps staff and students came together on Monday, August 18, 2014 to kick-off a full week of celebratory events in honor of Job Corps 50th Anniversary.Job Corps was initiated as the central program of the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration's War on Poverty, part of his domestic agenda known as the Great Society. Established in the 1930s as an emergency relief program, the program provided room, board, and employment to thousands of unemployed young people. Since its inception in 1964 under the Economic Opportunity Act, Job Corps has served more than two million young people. Job Corps serves approximately 60,000 youths annually at Job Corps Centers throughout the country.

Ground broke for the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center in 1973. The center began accepting students in 1974. At that time three buildings were built for less than ½ million dollars. The Center started as an all male center, females were accepted in 1979. Muhlenberg was a heavy equipment operators center only for many years. In 1974, the center educated 82 students and employed 14 staff. Now it’s 2014, 41 years later, the center houses 343 students, and employs 140 staff. The center has served over 16,000 students since 1973, and currently contributes approximately 6 million back to the local economy.

The center has offered training in multiple skill areas over the years such as: heavy equipment operating, brick masonry, painting, plumbing, security officer, culinary arts, facility maintenance, auto repair, business technologies, construction equipment mechanics, welding, CDL License, clinical medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, pharmacy technology, and insurance billing & coding.Celebratory events that took place during the week consisted of a 50th anniversary balloonrelease, time capsule burial, proclamation reception (proclamations for Job Corps 50 Week were received from Governor Steve Beshear and Greenville Mayor, Ed DeArmond), MCDC 50 shape aerial photo, and ending the week with a commencement graduation. Closing the week with twenty six student graduates, the center was honored to have Colmon Elridge, Executive Assistant and Senior Advisor to Kentucky’s 61st Governor Steve Beshear, as guest speaker. Elridge delivered a heart- felt motivational speech that touched everyone present. Elridge stated “it is left up to you to have the dignity to move forward in your life, the dignity to make a difference, you’re worth the dignity you’ve earned. Please remember that you are the faces of hope and opportunity. We are blessed as a commonwealth and nation for your journey.” Job Corps continues to work by providing disadvantaged youth with the social, academic and vocational training they need to be successful in their chosen career. For the past 50 years, the Job Corps program has been a beacon of hope and opportunity for over 2.7 million young people. It’s impact is immense.

Job Corps Military Club Serves Fair Board

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center’s Military Club parked cars during the week long fair held at the Muhlenberg County Ag & Convention Center, June 10-14, 2014. Brent Lear, member of the Muhlenberg County Fair Board, stated "the students did an outstanding job with the organization of parking approximately 4000 cars; their recognition is well deserved." The Job Corps’ military club has parked cars for numerous events in the county including high school track meets, football games, Deer Classic, and Fourth of July Freedom Fests.

Job Corps Hosts Regional Softball Tournament

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center hosted the regional softball conference on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The teams that took the field were from the Carl D. Perkins, Earle C. Clements, and Whitney M. Young Job Corps centers. The Muhlenberg Bulldogs coed team produced a solid defense which resulted in being named victors of the JCAAA North Division Coed Softball Tournament. The Muhlenberg Bulldogs women's team also won their division bringing home the first place trophy. The men's team lost in a heartbreaker in the championship game to Earl C. Clements. The Bulldogs were down by twelve, came back to take the lead, and then lost by 5 runs. Coach Perry of the Muhlenberg Bulldogs, was excited for both teams and looks forward to hosting again next year.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Celebrates Mental Health Month

In May, Muhlenberg Job Corps Center (MJCC) staff and students celebrated Mental Health Month by promoting mental health awareness campus-wide. Mental health is essential to everyone's overall well-being, and all Americans experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives. Prevention is an effective way to reduce the burden of mental health conditions. With effective treatment, those individuals with conditions can recover and lead full, productive lives.

Mayor Eddie DeArmond of Greenville, Kentucky, signed a proclamation designating May 2014 as Mental Health Month. The proclamation called upon citizens, government agencies, businesses, and schools in Muhlenberg County, including Muhlenberg Job Corps Center, to recommit our community by increasing awareness and understanding of mental health.

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