WBL student with County Chamber of Commerce staff

Success Stories

Muhlenberg Job Corps Success Story - Kailyn Collins

Kailyn Collins, a 2015 Muhlenberg Job Corps graduate, left the program to further her education at the advanced training program at the Potomac Job Corps Center.  While at MJCC, Collins completed the heavy equipment operator and truck driving courses.  At the recent 2016 NJCA Policy Forum, Muhlenberg Job Corps Business Community Liaison Karen Robinson met up again with Collins, and was excited to learn that she is doing extremely well at Potomac.  Collins attends classes at Potomac to become a rail freight service worker and also stays busy with two part-time jobs.  She is currently completing an internship with Leonard Resource Group/NJCA, receiving a pay of $13/hr, and works in the sky box at the Nationals Baseball Stadium, making $14/hr.  Collins said she is saving, saving, and saving! Her aspirations are to obtain employment with Norfolk Southern, a premier transportation company in the nation.  Collins also had a part in the events of the NJCA Policy Forum when she presented retiring NJCA Chairman of the Board, Dick Schubert, with a token of appreciation for his nearly 20 years of service to NJCA.

Muhlenberg JCC staff and students are proud to have Collins as an MJCC alumni, and wish her all the best with her future career endeavors.



In honor of Patriot Day . . .
Remembering those who have served us, passed on, and those still serving.

Dylan Kalivas, Airman First Class, United States Air Force

Structural Apprentice, Civil Engineering Squadron 

Dylan Kalivas is a 2014 Pharmacy Tech Graduate of the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center.  Kalivas started basic military training December 16, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas where he completed 8.5 weeks of intense, rough training that challenged him not only physically, but also mentally every day.  He is proud to have met the people he trained with, he can only explain it as “it was an experience like no other.” 

 

After completing basic training, Kalivas was sent to Mississippi to learn his job as a structural apprentice for the Air Force Civil Engineering Squadron.  Day in, and day out, he learned all the necessary components to become an efficient airman.  During his training, he was also able to earn college credits while attending tech school.  Tech school taught him how to build a house from the ground up, how to draw and construct air duct systems, and how to weld SMAW, TIG, and MIG.   His days consisted of non-stop studying which is paying off as he is very close to obtaining his associates degree.

 

When he graduated tech school, his brothers voted for him to receive the class wingman award which is presented to the airman for superior leadership, job performance, loyalty, respect, and personal achievements. 

 

Kalivas is currently making us all proud by serving our country on a two year tour at Kadena Ab, in Japan.
 

Robert Harris
United States Army
Airborne Infantryman

Robert Harris is a 2014 Construction Equipment Mechanic graduate of the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center.  On October 19, 2014 he enlisted into the United States Army and conducted his basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia where he graduated in March 2015.    From there he attended airborne school for three weeks where he had the opportunity repeatedly launch himself from C130 and C17 Airplanes.

 

Harris is currently stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.  He is proud to say he’s part of the 82nd Airborne division, 2508 PIR (Parachute Infantry Regiment), where he is training for possible combat operations that could occur in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Thank you for serving our country!




Kailyn Collins, a 2015 Muhlenberg Job Corps graduate, left the program to further her education at the advanced training program at the Potomac Job Corps Center.  While at MJCC, Collins completed the heavy equipment operator and truck driving courses.  At the recent 2016 NJCA Policy Forum, Muhlenberg Job Corps Business Community Liaison Karen Robinson met up again with Collins, and was excited to learn that she is doing extremely well at Potomac.  Collins attends classes at Potomac to become a rail freight service worker and also stays busy with two part-time jobs.  She is currently completing an internship with the Leonard Resource Group/NJCA, receiving a pay of $13/hr, and works in the sky box at the Nationals baseball stadium, making $14/hr.   Collins said she is saving, saving, and saving! Her aspirations are to obtain a job with Norfolk Southern, a premier transportation company in the nation.  Collins also had a part in the vents of the NJCA Policy Forum when she presented retiring NJCA Chairman of the Board Dick Schubert with a token of appreciation for his nearly 20 years of service to NJCA. 

Muhlenberg JCC staff and students are proud to have Collins as an MJCC Alumni, and wish her all the best with her future career endeavors. 

MJCC produces strong Graduate Placements

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center is quite proud to recognize recent outstanding job placements of three former graduates. Hezekiah Potts (Norfolk, VA),  Steven Simpson (Jacksonville, FL), and Kristofer Wirt (Memphis, TN).  When students leave the program, they don’t always have an immediate job placement.  Job Corps Career Transition staff continue to help graduates up to 12 months after completion of the program. 

In today’s society an employer will not hire you unless you have a G.E.D., high school diploma, college degree, a trade certification or strong skill of some sort. Those who train at the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center will have all these opportunities and more!  The job placements highlighted below are phenomenal - check them out!

 Graduate    

  Trade Completion    

Placement  

Earnings  

 Hezekiah Potts       Welding      Pittsburg Tank & Tower  

    $18.50     

 Steven Simpson      Welding Graduate   BNSF Railway Co.

$25.64

 Kristofer Wirt  Heavy Equipment Operator
 and Heavy Truck Driving
Payne & Son Grading

$28.24

 

Hannah Hamilton came to the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center in January, 2013 from Crestview, Florida. During her enrollment, she has excelled at every personal goal set. Hamilton is a full completer of not one, but two trades:  Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Office Support. Hamilton is a former Student Government Association officer and Work-Based Learning achiever. 

At this time, Hamilton is taking full advantage of the college programs offered through Job Corps at the Madisonville Community College. On May 26, 2015, the Madisonville Community College Scholarship Committee awarded Hannah the Owen Badgett Scholarship which is a projected amount of $1,000. Hannah is the first Job Corps student within the last two years to be accepted into the MCC nursing program. In Spring 2015, she also landed her name on the MCC Deans List. 

Robbie McGehee, College Coordinator, states “Hannah continues to prove herself as an excellent role model for all students on campus. She has great communication and leadership skills and has repeatedly proven to be a very hard worker, which is one of the reasons why she was awarded this scholarship. I’m very proud of her as I’m proud of all the Job Corps students moving on to higher education at MCC.”

Hamilton’s future plans are to continue her education at a University to obtain her BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Staff of the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center and Horizons Youth Services are very proud of all Hannah’s accomplishments!

MJCC staff and students had a pleasant surprise on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 when former graduate, Michael Ford, stopped by the center for a visit. Ford, a 1983 graduate of the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center proudly walked the grounds and reminisced of the days and place he once called home. Ford graduated from Ferris High School in Jersey City, NJ in 1980. He attended one year of college and then enrolled into Job Corps program to take up the Heavy Equipment Operator trade. During his enrollment at MJCC, he came President of the honor dorm, President of security, Captain of the basketball team, and Co-Captain of the football team.  One week after graduating from the program, Ford became employed with Dext, Inc., as a front-in loader operator. After that, he was employed as a diesel mechanic for fourteen years at Bender Machinery Company. During that time is when he started his own business, We Care Housing, which he has been running for the past fifteen years and consists of thirteen properties.

Ford spoke to the students during an assembly and shared with the current students that he came to Job Corps with one goal in mind, to become successful, to take care of himself and his life-long love without the help of anyone else.  He repeatedly shared how Job Corps was a major part of his success and the students should be proud of the many certifications and nice amenities the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center has to offer. 

Ford, along with his wife Denise of 31 years, now lives in the Poconos Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. When leaving from his visit, Ford said “Thank you, Mrs. Robinson, this visit made my year. I would not be where I am today without the help of the instructors and guidance counselors of the Job Corps program. The Center looks great and the staff and students should be proud of the work being done here for today’s youth.  Amazing.”

Kentucky Job Corps Graduation – Honoring Job Corps 50th Anniversary

On Thursday, March 26th, 2015 the Kentucky Job Corps Consortium in conjunction with Kentucky Outreach & Admissions hosted graduation ceremonies at the Kentucky State Capitol in honor of Job Corps 50th Anniversary. Participating centers were the Muhlenberg, Carl D. Perkins, Earle C. Clements, Whitney M. Young, and Great Onyx Job Corps Centers.  

The Opening Ceremony was conducted by the Earle C. Clements Pre-Military Cadet Color Guard, followed by a pledge to the American flag, and then a beautiful solo of the National Anthem, performed by Reann Gibbons, also a student of Earle C. Clements Job Corps Academy.

Karen Robinson, Business Community Liaison of the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center served as the master of ceremonies and welcomed Kentucky’s 56th Lieutenant Governor, Crit Luallen as the first honorary guest speaker.  Luallen is known as one of Kentucky’s most experienced and respected public leaders with her tenure of serving with six Governors and being elected twice to statewide office.  The words she delivered were not only powerful, but conveyed with strong emotion and intent.  Luallen expressed that “everything you have accomplished thus far is very meaningful for your future, but more importantly so are your morals and how you conduct yourself by giving back to your communities, is most important.”

The second honorary guest speaker was House Speaker of Kentucky, Gregory D. Stumbo, who has twenty-four years of legislative leadership holding a record in Kentucky’s history.  He has won forty-five races in his district, including leadership and statewide races.  Stumbo shared his knowledge and history of the program recalling when Sergeant Shriver began the early developments of the Job Corps program.  Stumbo said “the Kentucky Commonwealth is very lucky to have so many centers serving such a great program, improving the lives of so many young adults.  Congratulations to each of you for your many accomplishments.” 

All participants were also fortunate to hear moving words from former Whitney M. Young Job Corps graduate, DeeDee Perkins.  Perkins left a bad home life at the age of nineteen.  She lived for a short time at the Salvation Army where she heard about Job Corps.   She graduated from the center with her Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Office Support certifications.   She articulated to the graduates to “continue on from Job Corps with what you have learned, be successful, but never forget to thank those who have helped you along the way.  Those individuals may have been a parent, a grandparent, aunt, or Job Corps staff memberthose individuals are priceless.”

The last guest speaker was Patrick McLevaine, an Earle C. Clements Job Corps automotive technician graduate.   He approached the podium with no speech in hand and spoke directly from the heart.  McLevaine shared with the graduates, “I was kicked out of high school at the age of fifteen for drugs.  I entered Job Corps with literally nothing.  I now own two vehicles and a house and I make all my payments the week before they are due. The only place you will find success before work is in the dictionary.  You must always work hard for what you plan to have in life. ” 

Eric Jones, Center Director of the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center Conducted the Tassel and Closing Ceremonial Remarks

Fifty years later Job Corps continues to provide career technical training and education for low-income individuals ages 16 through 24.  Over the years Job Corps has trained more than 2.7 million young adults to become employable tax paying citizens across the United States.  Job Corps is the nation’s largest and oldest federally funded career training and education program.

Job Corps CDL Graduates Makes Headlines

Jonathan Poole, from Munford, Tennessee, enrolled into the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center in January of 2014.Before graduating in October of the same year, he successfully completed the Heavy Equipment Operator and Class B CDL Truck Driving courses.Jonathan now lives in Millington, Tennessee where he landed a wonderful CDL job with great benefits working for Compliance Enviro Systems, LLC (CES) where he drives a jet-vacuum truck. CES provides all services required for comprehensive storm drain and sanitary sewer system evaluations.CES works for many municipalities following natural disasters.

Poole is 20 years of age and his hiring is unique because companies are not usually able to take on someone so young.  He aced his interview and his supervisors’ state he is doing very well for the company.  While speaking with Jonathan, he shared “I would like to thank everyone who encouraged me to enroll into Job Corps, it was the best decision I ever made.I also want to thank my trade instructors for believing in me every step of the way. To future students, if you go out and work for it, success will come to you.” The Job Corps Heavy Truck Driving Instructor, Scottie Brooks stated “ I knew Jonathan would do well after he left the program, he was a great student, I wish him all the best.”

For Hannah, Job Corps and College. . .

While working at fast food restaurants in Crestview, Florida, Hannah Hamilton realized the low wage income she was earning was just not enough. She thrived for a better life for herself. This is when she heard of the Job Corps program and immediately enrolled. In January of 2013, Hannah arrived at the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. During her enrollment she successfully completed Clinical Medical Assistant where she passed her nationals exam with a certification in phlebotomy. But Hannah didn’t stop there, she also completed a second trade, Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide, also passing the state test with ease. Hannah enjoys reading, music, and playing on the coed MJCC volleyball and softball teams. She has served in several leadership roles such as recreation leader and two terms on the Student Government Association as Sgt. at Arms and Secretary. Hannah also completed 390 hours of Work-Based Learning at the Greater Muhlenberg County Chamber of Commerce and Maple Manor nursing home.

In addition to all this, as if there could be more, Hannah completed her first semester at the Madisonville Community College where she tackled her pre-requisites for nursing and ended the semester with a 4.0 GPA. The MJCC College Coordinator, Sarah Heltsley says, “Hannah is a great student, she is very dedicated and driven to reach her goals to become a registered nurse (RN). I am working closely with Hannah to make sure she has what she needs. For the fall semester she maintained a GPA of a 4.0 and I couldn’t be any prouder of her.” Hannah says, “I am truly grateful for the staff who have supported me throughout my two years in the Job Corps program. Job Corps has helped me further my education; going to college was never in my plans. But I’m very glad that I was encouraged to take this extra step that will only benefit my future in the long run. ” Her future plans are to graduate from college with a nursing degree.

Advanced Training Pays Off for Muhlenberg Job Corps Graduate

On October 31, 2011 Patrice Howard enrolled into Muhlenberg Job Corps program in Greenville, Kentucky. During her enrollment she successfully completed The Pharmacy Tech and Medical Office Support trades. Upon completion of the program in 2013, she decided to enroll into the advanced training Transportation Communications Union (TCU)/IAM program at the Potomac Job Corps Center.

The TCU/IAM Advanced Training Program places students who complete the program in a wide range of transportation/clerical positions such as airline and rail passenger ticket agents, reservation sales agents, customer service representatives, train service attendants, flight attendants, ramp agents, conductor trainees, barge line workers and other transportation industry positions. TCU/IAM students who complete the program are also placed as computer data entry operators, word processors and other office-related positions with financial institutions, communications companies and various governmental agencies.

Patrice is now a graduate of Potomac TCU/IAM and recently returned to speak to the students about working as a flight attendant for Air Wisconsin. Patrice has been training and working in Norfolk, VA for a month and has been stationed to Washington, DC where she will be relocating to in January 2015. Patrice was proud to share with the students that she earns $17.51/hour and was lucky enough to win the bid for a schedule that allows her to be off at Christmas. She plans on spending the holidays with her family in Florida, where she will travel to for free!

Truck Driver: How It All Started for Muhlenberg Graduate

In the middle of a hot Georgia Summer in 2010, Demoine Ricky Lofton realized his life was on the road to no-where and that he wanted more out of life. This is when he realized Job Corps could be the perfect opportunity for his interests. Ricky left his home state and enrolled into the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center in Greenville, Kentucky in October the same year.

During his one and a half year enrollment, Ricky was very active in multiple leadership roles such as dorm president, vice president, sergeant of arms, and recreation Leader. More importantly, he not only completed one trade, but three: Heavy Equipment Operator, Construction Equipment Mechanics, and Commercial Drivers License. When Ricky graduated from the program in March 2012, he worked for Triple A for a few months before being hired as a full time over the road driver with Swift Transportation Company. Swift is one of the largest transporting companies in the business to haul temperature controlled, flat bed, heavy hauling or dry goods to the most respected businesses in the world.

While in route, on December 1, 2014 Ricky stopped by the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center to visit the center. He was so excited to show his former teachers, instructors and current students his success, his 18-wheeler truck. Ricky states, “I owe my success to Job Corps and to all the staff who showed me they cared and had faith in me. I enjoy the freedom of truck driving because it fits my personality and lifestyle.” Ricky’s home base is in Atlanta, Georgia and is proud to say he earns $60-$65k a year traveling all over the country.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Celebrates Graduation

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center held their graduation ceremonies on Friday, November 14, 2014 with twenty seven students proudly walking the stage to receive their diplomas.

staff, students, and family members were welcomed by graduate, Devin Rush who shared, “Today marks an important day in my life and in the lives of the graduates sitting before me. Before we get started with this ceremony, I ask that you look to the student next to you and say, “I see potential in you.” For those kind words can ignite a fire the world has never seen before. Because of that fire, it has brought each of these graduates to this very ceremony today.” Devin is a proud completer of the Certified Nursing Assistant trade.

Following the welcome, graduate speaker, Juwuan Davison shared his words of wisdom and encouragement to those still in training. In closing, Juwuan stated, “before you venture out with your certifications in hand, I challenge each of you to stop looking at them as a ticket to the good life, but instead look at them as a ticket to change the world. I leave you today with this quote from Apple co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs, “your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice, and most importantly have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Juwuan has successfully completed the Medical Office Support trade.

The BCL introduced graduation guest speaker, Jason Hasert. Hasert is a Field Representative for Senator Rand Paul who started working with the Senator right after he was sworn in as a member of the U.S. Senate in January 2011. Hasert lifted the students' spirits and highly encouraged each one, as their right as a U.S. Citizen to be productive, successful citizens to make a different in today’s world.

Closing remarks were conducted by the Center Director, Eric Jones who distributed diplomas to each graduate.

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 "Friends of Freedom Fighters"

On October 13, 2014, at the all staff and student assembly, the Muhlenberg Job Corps Friends of Freedom Fighters Club had the opportunity to present their first care package to student Robert Harris. The club was developed to send care packages and letters to Job Corps completers who advance into a military branch of service. The Friends of Freedom Fighters Club hosts many events such as bake sales and jean days to support their club efforts. Harris successfully completed the Construction Equipment Mechanics program at the Center and has obtained placement with the Army.

At the assembly, U.S. Army Recruiter, SSG Hector Santos Rivera, recognized Harris with an Army Promotion Certificate for completing the Training Cycle Training which requires future soldiers to recruit others, complete sixteen online classes tailored to basic training, and pass the Army Physical Fitness Test. By doing so, this allowed Harris to be promoted from Private (PVT) to Private-2 (PV2) before shipping to basic training. The recruiter states that only about 10% of all future soldiers complete these tasks. After this assembly the Muhlenberg Job Corps Friends of Freedom Fighters increased their enrollment by fifteen students the following day. Military Placement is one of the many employment options for a Job Corps graduate.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Student Attends College

Former Muhlenberg Job Corps student, Brittney Clark, recently completed the requirements to receive her Standard High School Diploma. After attending, West Jones High School of Laurel, MS., Brittney entered the Job Corps program and continued to work toward her requirements for graduation at the Muhlenberg County Career High School. Her persistence and hard work paid off in March of 2014, she completed her diploma requirements. Tommy Parker, Superintendent of Education for the Jones County School District, praised Brittney for her accomplishments. Brittney is currently attending Jones County Junior College.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Student Shares His Success

Former student Craig Williams, from Norfolk, Virginia took the time out of his busy truck route to visit former instructors at the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. Williams was enrolled at the program from June 2013 until February 2014 and successfully completed the Heavy Equipment Operator and Heavy Truck Driving (CDL-Class B) courses. He not only came to the Center to visit the instructors but to also proudly show off his truck to the students currently in training. Williams is leasing his truck and driving for Prime Trucking, Inc. By leasing his truck, it sent a huge message to the current students of how Williams is learning how to run his own trucking business by being reliable for all of the truck expenses.

Job Corps works by providing disadvantaged youth with the social, academic and 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. Students gain the skills and credentials employers need and that helps them succeed.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Produces Success

Have you ever had a horrible day at work so horrible to the point that you don’t want to again answer your office phone? Well, that’s how Jon McCay, Academic Instructor felt at the end of one long day at the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. Hesitantly, he answered his phone to find former student, Micka Blair, on the other end of the line.

Micka was well known amongst the staff because he was an outstanding student and also served as the president of the Student Government Association. Micka was a student of the Muhlenberg Job Corps from September 2009 until April 2011. He successfully completed the Medical Office Support and Pharmacy Technology trades. Micka is doing very well for himself working as Lead Tech and Inventory Specialist for CVS Pharmacy. He mentioned when the store has a good profit, so does he.

Micka stated, “I would not be where I am today without the help of my Pharmacy Tech Instructor, Mark Shepherd. He taught us how to properly fill out pharmacy applications. One of those applications landed me this CVS job. When I went to the job interview and handed him a folder full of awards and accomplishments from Job Corps, he only asked one question: When can you start?” Micka said he thinks about Job Corps every day and that his paychecks are due to all his hard work and the caring staff. He occasionally runs into people he met at Job Corps and is surprised to see they are only working fast food instead of finding jobs they trained for. Micka closed his conversation with Mr. McCay with these words for current and future students, “keep an open mind, it’s okay that Kentucky isn’t like home. You came to get away from the distractions at home so you could focus on obtaining trade credentials. You hung out with friends at home, did that work for you in getting a job or job training?”

The Center will definitely stay in contact with Micka in hopes of him visiting the center to be a future guest speaker at graduation. And for Mr. McCay, he was glad he did answer that phone call, because it turned around his day to know the center made a positive impact on this former student.

Six Graduate from Job Corps HSD Program

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center is proud to announce the most recent graduates of the Muhlenberg Career High School Diploma program. Students who attend Job Corps have the opportunity to obtain their GED or High School Diploma, depending upon their TABE scores. The gradates celebrating their achievement are Hezekiah Potts (Virginia) who completed Welding; Desiree Atkins (Tennessee) who completed edical Office Support and Insurance/Billing & Coding; Kaila Murphy (Florida) who completed Certified Nursing Assistant; Chris Hoffman (Florida) who completed Construction Equipment Mechanics and Class B CDL; Kendrick Bell (Mississippi) who completed Pharmacy Tech; and Jarrod Shelton (Kentucky) who completed Construction Equipment Mechanics.The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center is operated by Horizons Youth Services of Harrisonburg, VA, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.The program serves 17-24 year old young adults provided residential academic and vocational training for those who qualify economically. For more information about the program call Karen Robinson at (270) 377-3269.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Center's Non-Traditional Trade Opportunities for Women

Muhlenberg Job Corps would like to recognize Anne Marie Scheer, a female student who trains at our center in a non-traditional trade. Anne is a non-residential student and a twenty-five-year-old mother who drives 106 miles round trip to our center daily from Webster County. Anne arrived at Muhlenberg Job Corps with her high school diploma. Since then, she has successfully completed the Heavy Equipment Operator's course where she earned certifications in Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), flagger, and forklift operations.

Her future goal is to continue her education in other training areas, such as Construction Equipment Mechanics and Heavy Truck Driving, before transferring to Advanced Mechanics training. Her dedication to her career goals is amazing.

Heavy Equipment Operator instructor John Austin stated that Anne is one of the hardest working, most dedicated students he has ever had in his class. He said, "She can operate any piece of equipment, takes all safety precautions, and has never had a safety incident during her training."

Muhlenberg Job Corps offers four non-traditional trade opportunities to promote females in the workforce: Heavy Equipment Operator, Construction Equipment Mechanics, Heavy Truck Driving, and Welding.

The Job Corps program provides resources, at no cost to those who qualify, in support of recruitment, retention, and workforce readiness. If you would like to know more about Muhlenberg Job Corps, please contact our Business Community Liaison Karen Robinson at (270) 377-3269

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Local High School Students Train at Muhlenberg Job Corps

Muhlenberg Job Corps Center has a co-enrollment program with the local high school which enables students to come to the Job Corps campus during their senior year of high school for career technical training.

Harley Clack, Mason Weaver, and Brian Shepherd, seniors at Muhlenberg County High School, are taking full advantage of the co-enrollment offerings of Muhlenberg Job Corps. The students are able to come to our campus for a half-day of training in the Health Careers or Heavy Equipment Industry fields. While Harley is enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant program, Mason and Brian are receiving training and certifications in the Heavy Equipment Operators course. All three are thankful for the opportunity to train at our center.

Like all of our students, the training that these students receive is free if they meet the income guidelines set by the National Office of Job Corps. The co-enrollment program is a wonderful option for those who may not be able to afford to enter college or obtain training elsewhere. Students can also choose to continue their training at Job Corps after graduation from high school.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Student Receives Scholarship

Kitumaini Nturubika, who was born in Congo and later became a resident of Orlando, Florida, enrolled as a student at Muhlenberg Job Corps in May 2012. During his enrollment, he successfully completed the Medical Office Support and Pharmacy Technology trades. He is currently enrolled at Madisonville Community College where he was awarded the John T. Smith Scholarship of $675. John T. Smith was the first African-American community college president in Kentucky, serving from 1968-1975.

Recipients of the John T. Smith award must be Kentucky residents, have at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in high school or college, be part of a racial minority, and be enrolled for at least six credit hours. Kitumaini currently holds a 3.0 GPA, is working to become an Occupational Therapist, and is one of seven Muhlenberg Job Corps students currently enrolled at Madisonville Community College.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Student Wins College Math Award

Dylan Kalivas, a Muhlenberg Job Corps student currently enrolled at Madisonville Community College (MCC), recently won a Math Emporium Hall of Fame Award. Twelve recipients including Dylan were chosen out of two hundred and fifty math students attending MCC. The Math Emporium Hall of Fame Awards are presented monthly, and the winners' names and photos are displayed in the Hall of Fame at MCC.

Dylan was very surprised when he received this award and said, "Math used to be my weakest subject. Thanks to the friendly and helpful staff of the Math Emporium class, I am able to progress and help others. Hard work plus dedication equals success."

Dylan continues to shine as a Job Corps success story. He successfully completed the Pharmacy Technology trade at our center, completed Work-Based Learning at Walgreens, and was recently hired to work in the administration office at MCC's Central City campus. The staff of Muhlenberg Job Corps are sincerely proud to share Dylan's many accomplishments.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Student Learns Skills at County Chamber
of Commerce

Hannah Hamilton came to Muhlenberg Job Corps Center in January 2013 from Crestview, Florida. During her enrollment, she became a top leader and completed the Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide, and Medical Office Support trades. Currently, Hannah is taking full advantage of our center's Work-Based Learning (WBL) program while working with Dorothy Walker, Executive Secretary at the Greater Muhlenberg County Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Walker stated, "I have been using students through the Work-Based Learning program for over ten years. They always come with good skills. Sometimes, they just need a little encouragement to use and improve their skills. Hannah is a great worker. She has great office skills and is a great people-person. There is no job that she won't attempt. I also like the fact that she interacts so well with other members of the chamber."

Hannah's future plans are to continue her education at Madisonville Community College, and within five to ten years, she sees herself working as an Registered Nurse. When asked what she would tell others about Job Corps, Hannah said, "Job Corps has not only helped me academically, it has also helped strengthen my leadership skills and life lessons. Work-Based Learning has helped me improve my communication skills and given me more experience in a workplace setting. Job Corps is a great opportunity, and if anyone has the chance, they need to take it."

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Celebrates 3rd Annual National Job Corps Commencement Day

On August 23, 2013, the one hundred twenty-five Job Corps centers across the nation celebrated the history and successes of Job Corps with a graduation ceremony honoring the 3rd Annual National Job Corps Commencement Day. On that day, Muhlenberg Job Corps celebrated with ten graduates from Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, and Virginia.

The ceremony began with a special commencement video message to the graduates from Horizons Youth Services President Pete Calvo, who passionately stated, "I want to thank all of the staff, students and community members for their support of the 3rd Annual National Job Corps Commencement Day. Today, all 125 Job Corps centers across the nation are celebrating the graduation of thousands of Job Corps students as they become employable financially independent members of society. As a result of Job Corps comprehensive academic and career preparation services, over 85% of our program graduates will pursue a career by enlisting into the military or continuing to higher education. On behalf of everyone at Horizons Youth Services, we congratulate our graduates and encourage everyone to continue to share the message that Job Corps works for students, employers, our communities, and our taxpayers."

Tyiesha Lewis, graduate speaker from Clarksville, offered many words of advice to those still in training.

Muhlenberg Job Corps Center was honored to have Michael Pape, District Director of U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield's office, as the guest speaker. Pape began his speech by thanking the students, instructors, and community supporters for their efforts in making Job Corps a successful government program. Pape referenced the movie "City Slickers" during his speech stating that Billy Crystal, a city slicker, went out on an adventure to a western cattle ranch to do only one thing, to find himself, to find the "one thing" that he was good at and made him happy. Pape also mentioned that Steve Jobs had dropped out of college, been fired, helped create one of the first personal computers in a garage, and worked hard enough to become the successful leader of Apple Inc. Pape clearly stated, "It was obvious Steve Jobs knew what his 'one thing' was. It was working with computer devices which lead the world of music, movies, and telephones into a new revolution. Graduates, find your 'one thing' and be successful contributing citizens of society."

The ceremony closed with the distribution of the diplomas and closing remarks from Muhlenberg Job Corps Center Director Kenny Brown. He shared a quote from Harriet Tubman: "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." Brown challenged each graduate to remember to dream and be patient, and to go out and change the world as Harriet Tubman did. He stated, "I know each and every one of you has the strength to be a real difference in our world."

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Graduate Visits Center

Darius Phillips, a Muhlenberg Job Corps graduate, recently stopped by Muhlenberg Job Corps Center to visit with Center Director Kenny Brown and his former Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Instructor Scottie Brooks. Darius came to Muhlenberg in April 2011, obtained his high school diploma on center, and graduated in May 2012. During his enrollment, Darius successfully completed Heavy Equipment Operator and CDL trades.

Darius is one of the many graduates that has taken full advantage of the career offerings at Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. Darius shared that he has changed employers twice since graduation and is now earning $60,000 a year traveling all over the United States picking up and delivering cargo with Paschall Truck Lines, Inc.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Student Finds Success in Medical Industry

Christopher Ramirez is a graduate of Muhlenberg Job Corps Center where he successfully completed the Clinical Medical Assistant trade. Christopher came to Muhlenberg Job Corps Center from Reading, Pennsylvania, to obtain workplace skills and certifications in the medical industry. Christopher recently obtained employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Supervisor at the Liberty Nursing & Rehab Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, making $18.55/hour. The staff and students of Muhlenberg Job Corps would like to congratulate Christopher on his successful job placement!

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Students Take Advantage of Work-Based Learning Opportunities at Walgreens

Blaine Kalivas and Dylan Kalivas, brothers from New Jersey, enrolled at Muhlenberg Job Corps in September 2012 to seek education, training and certification in the pharmacy technology career path. Both students have taken full advantage of the work-based learning opportunities offered at the Muhlenberg Job Corps.

Work-based learning gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of skills by expanding the walls of classroom learning to include the community. Through work-based learning strategies and partnerships, students learn how to apply what they are learning in the classroom and gain valuable experience as they prepare to transition into the world of career opportunities. Blaine and Dylan have done just that!

Blaine was recently hired to work in an unpaid position to prove his skills and work ethics to the management of Walgreens. Blaine stated, "The healthcare industry is something I have always been interested in. The training I received at Job Corps has prepared me with the skills I needed to seamlessly transition from the classroom to a real workplace setting. I started out working at Walgreens as an unpaid intern using the skills I learned in the Job Corps Pharmacy Tech program." Blaine was hired into a paid position after only a few weeks of internship.

Blaine's brother Dylan stated, "Before I came to Job Corps, I had no idea where my life was headed. My mother was the one who told me about Job Corps, and the first thing I said was 'there has to be a catch.'" A week later, Dylan and Blaine enrolled into the Job Corps program.

Their lives have completely turned around in the last year, and they never have to worry about what their next step may be. They both have set and accomplished goals and plan to take their next step to a higher level by attending Madisonville Community College. They now have the confidence and skills to be a successful contribution to society. Dylan went on to say, "When I complete my training, the world will know me as 'Dylan Kalivas, PHT', and that is something I can always be proud of."

Employers can benefit by becoming a work-based learning partner because training costs are reduced and Job Corps students are certified and have the soft skills to work. If you would be interested in becoming a work-based learning partner with Muhlenberg Job Corps, please contact Ann Cisney at (270) 377-3287 or email cisney.ann@jobcorps.gov.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Hosts June Graduation Ceremony

Muhlenberg Job Corps held its June 2013 graduation ceremony with eight graduates celebrating their accomplishments. Director of Training Allen Abey served as master of ceremonies and welcomed all family members and guests. Graduate Felicia Cox led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. Elizabeth Badger extended a welcome from the graduates to all in attendance. Graduate Jessica Rosser delivered a touching commencement speech to all in attendance.

Center Director Kenny Brown and Director of Training Abey presented diplomas to the following graduates.

  • Elizabeth Badger from Crestview Florida, completed the Pharmacy Tech trade.
  • Felicia Cox from Louisville, Kentucky, completed the Heavy Equipment Operator trade and received a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), and earned her high school diploma on center.
  • Kabria Harrison from Leesburg, Florida, completed the Medical Office Support and Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) trades.
  • Patrice Howard from Winter Haven, Florida, completed the Medical Office Support and Pharmacy Tech trades.
  • Alivia Jones from Nashville, Tennessee, completed the Medical Office Support trade.
  • Brion Martin from Jacksonville, Florida, completed the Medical Office Support trade, and earned his high school diploma on center.
  • Calvineshia Ray from Nashville, Tennessee, completed the Medical Office Support and Clinical Medical Assistant trades.
  • Jessica Roser from Stockbridge, Georgia, completed the Clinical Medical Assistant trade.

Center Director Brown closed the ceremony with motivational comments and the traditional tassel ceremony.

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