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Center Spotlight: Muhlenberg Job Corps Center

Published: May 24, 2010 | 4:30 PM

Washington, D.C., Trip in Review

Eight students from Muhlenberg Job Corps Center have returned to Greenville, Ky., following a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C., from April 21 to 24. While thousands of students at centers across the nation were participating in the Earth Day Every Day Week activities, Muhlenberg's Micka Blair, Krystal Broomes, Quinton Ross Condiff, Jessica Howard, Rachel Lanier, Jonathan Martin, Orlando Mitchell, and Crystal Turner traveled more than 700 miles to the nation's capital to represent their center in receiving the Job Corps National Green Center Recognition Award.

The EDED awards ceremony, held on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, at the U.S. Department of Labor, was the perfect start to the students' experience in D.C. During their three-day trip, these students didn't spare any time in seeing the best the city has to offer, from meeting the Secretary of Labor to visiting some of our nation's most famous landmarks and participating in the nation's largest Earth Day celebration.

Prior to and following the ceremony, Muhlenberg students had the opportunity to see more of the capital city. Students visited landmarks including the White House, the National World War II Memorial, the Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Students were also able to experience and participate in D.C.'s Earth Day celebration. In between stops at monuments and memorials, they toured the Earth Day exhibits on the National Mall, where more than 100,000 people gathered in celebration of the environment. Before heading back to Kentucky, the students also participated in an Earth Day cleanup at the National Zoo.

As members of Muhlenberg's student green advisory board, these students viewed this trip as an opportunity to learn more about green practices and take key messages back to the Job Corps community.

"This experience has taught our students that being green is a lifestyle commitment," said Kenny Brown, center director of Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. "It's my hope that Muhlenberg will continue to serve as an environmental ambassador for the Job Corps program and for our greater community."

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Center Is Still Thriving on Green Culture

Published: May 19, 2011 | 9:23 AM

Last April, eight students from the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center, in Greenville, Ky., traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the National Green Center Recognition Award. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis recognized these students and other Muhlenberg representatives for the center's outstanding efforts in energy and water conservation, installation of energy-efficient materials, and green student training projects.

Center Director Kenny Brown, who accompanied the students on the trip, said at the time, “This experience has taught our students that environmental awareness is a lifestyle commitment. It's my hope that Muhlenberg will continue to serve as an environmental ambassador for the Job Corps program and for our greater community.”

One year later, it's safe to say Mr. Brown's hope has become a reality. When the eight students returned from Washington, they brought with them a renewed commitment to energy-efficiency and sustainability, which they fervently passed along to the rest of the center. By the end of 2010, Muhlenberg had saved approximately $77,000 on gas, electricity, and water as a result of its energy-efficient upgrades.

The center is now accustomed to huge energy savings from its low-voltage lights; reinforced insulation; 85 new double-pane windows and 94 new doors with insulating sweeps; low-flow toilets, showerheads, and washing machines; instant, tankless water heaters; and new HVAC units. But all this new equipment has only done so much to instill a culture of environmental awareness on center. The rest has been up to the students and staff, led by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the center's Green Committee.

Every building on center contains a 55-gallon recycling container, and drains have been installed around several buildings to collect water, which is then used to irrigate flower beds, saving the center an estimated 13,440 gallons of water per year. The SGA also mandates that programmable thermostats be set to 68 degrees during the winter and 75 degrees during the summer.

In addition to these efforts, no project has been more indicative of Muhlenberg's innovative approach to sustainability than its move to a tray-less food system in the cafeteria. The center no longer needs to use water, electricity or cleaning chemicals to wash 1,215 trays every day. As a result, the center saves approximately 73,913 gallons of water, 47,450 kilowatts of electricity, and 156 gallons of cleaning chemicals per year. All of those savings might have been expected, but what wasn't expected was the drastic reduction in wasted food after the tray removal.

Now that students and staff can only take as much food as they can fit on one plate, wasted food is down about 30 percent per person, per day. Over the course of an entire year, that amounts to 130 pounds of food per person that is no longer going to waste.

The center estimates that the tray-less food system is saving a total of more than $50,000 per year. It's just one of many green initiatives that have taken hold at the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. Although several of the students who accepted the National Green Center Recognition Award last year have graduated and moved on, their enthusiasm for environmental awareness and sustainability is still thriving on center.

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Muhlenberg's Heavy Equipment Program

Published: May 03, 2016 | 4:17 PM

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.

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Muhlenberg students Job Shadow at State Capital

Published: February 02, 2016 | 4:20 PM

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 Kentucky 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. Read More

Muhlenberg Job Corps & Law Enforcement Officers Go for the Net

Published: February 02, 2016 | 4:29 PM

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, a 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.

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MJCC Heavy Equipment Operator

Published: November 03, 2015 | 4:31 PM

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.

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Muhlenberg Students Volunteer at Long Chapel Restoration Project

Published: October 25, 2015 | 4:40 PM

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 safer 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, Epperson’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.

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Happy Feet 5K Glow Run

Published: September 25, 2015 | 4:45 PM

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 foundation 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.

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Muhlenberg Students "BLOCK THE HATE"

Published: September 25, 2015 | 4:47 PM

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 a top priority for everyone at the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. The center has developed a quality Active Shooter Plan with a focus on preparation and prevention. Recently, an 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 from 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 between 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 a 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.

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MJCC Student Government Educates Muhlenberg South Elementary School Students

Published: September 15, 2015 | 4:51 PM

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!

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Muhlenberg SGA Recognizes Hometown Heroes

Published: September 15, 2015 | 9:12 AM

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.

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Muhlenberg JCC celebrates Job Corps Commencement Day!

Published: August 15, 2015 | 9:37 AM

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.

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U.S. Representative - Congressman Whitfield Shows MJCC Support

Published: August 15, 2015 | 10:21 AM

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.

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MJCC Walks for a Cure

Published: July 15, 2015 | 10:28 AM

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 6 pm 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.

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MJCC NOH8 Campaign

Published: July 01, 2015 | 10:42 AM

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! Read More

MJCC Celebrates #27 Ranking!

Published: April 18, 2015 | 11:19 AM

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 in 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.

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MJCC Takes the Icy Plunge!

Published: March 18, 2015 | 1:02 PM

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 help 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 sale, 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. Read More

MJCC Builds Softball Park for the Rochester Community

Published: May 30, 2014 | 2:08 PM

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

Published: April 18, 2014 | 2:12 PM

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 on 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

Published: April 18, 2014 | 2:14 PM

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

Published: April 18, 2014 | 2:18 PM

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 youths 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

Published: April 02, 2014 | 2:20 PM

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

Published: March 20, 2014 | 2:23 PM

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

Published: February 15, 2014 | 2:25 PM

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 members 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

Published: February 15, 2014 | 2:27 PM

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

Published: February 15, 2014 | 2:30 PM

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

Published: February 15, 2014 | 2:31 PM

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 every day 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.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Seeks Non-Residential Students

Published: January 16, 2014 | 2:42 PM

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 live on campus. You would attend classes daily from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. 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

Published: December 15, 2013 | 2:49 PM

Hosting a blood drive is one simple way Muhlenberg Job Corps gets involved in helping 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

Published: November 15, 2013 | 2:54 PM

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 was 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 antiviral 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

Published: October 18, 2013 | 2:56 PM

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

Published: October 01, 2013 | 2:59 PM

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 talents 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

Published: October 01, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Mr. Oscar Derderian, the 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

Published: October 01, 2013 | 3:02 PM

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

Published: September 15, 2013 | 3:03 PM

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 an 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"

Published: August 01, 2013 | 3:26 PM

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

Published: July 01, 2013 | 3:27 PM

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

Published: October 30, 2015 | 3:45 PM

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.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Embraces Financial Literacy

Published: November 11, 2014 | 3:53 PM

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.

Woodforest's' 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 in financial literacy education. Woodforest Bank is just one of the many business partners that come to the center and educate in their field of expertise.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Hosts Senior Citizens Prom

Published: November 11, 2013 | 3:58 PM

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 outgrown its 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 the 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.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Celebrates National Commencement Day

Published: September 01, 2014 | 3:59 PM

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.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Serves Community at 2014 Deer Classic

Published: September 01, 2014 | 4:34 PM

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. Read More

Muhlenberg Job Corps 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration

Published: September 01, 2014 | 4:38 PM

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 balloon release, 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. Its impact is immense.

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Job Corps Military Club Serves Fair Board

Published: July 01, 2014 | 4:43 PM

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, a 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. Read More

Job Corps Hosts Regional Softball Tournament

Published: July 01, 2014 | 4:44 PM

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 about both teams and looks forward to hosting again next year. Read More

Muhlenberg Job Corps Celebrates Mental Health Month

Published: May 03, 2016 | 4:47 PM

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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Kentucky Job Corps Graduation – Honoring Job Corps 50th Anniversary

Published: April 15, 2015 | 3:39 PM

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 member…those 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. ”

Fifty years after its founding, 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.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Celebrates Graduation

Published: December 01, 2014 | 10:28 AM

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 difference 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.

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Muhlenberg Job Corps "Friends of Freedom Fighters"

Published: October 13, 2014 | 10:31 AM

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.

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Brittney Clark

Published: April 01, 2014 | 10:45 AM

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.

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Hannah Hamilton

Published: June 21, 2015 | 3:33 PM

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.

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.

Hamilton is now 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.”

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.”

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!

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Local High School Students Train at Muhlenberg Job Corps

Published: April 23, 2014 | 3:02 PM

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. A 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 Celebrates 3rd Annual National Job Corps Commencement Day

Published: August 23, 2013 | 3:25 PM

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 the 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, be patient, and 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 Students Take Advantage of Work-Based Learning Opportunities at Walgreens

Published: September 27, 2013 | 3:53 PM

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

Published: June 15, 2013 | 4:03 PM

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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Troy Carter

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:09 PMSTORIES

Like many Job Corps graduates, Troy Carter began his life in a low-income neighborhood with nothing but a dream of music industry success and a drive to make it happen. After struggling to balance his education with a budding music career, Carter enrolled in the former Chesapeake Job Corps Center in Port Deposit, Maryland in 1990.

Carter quickly graduated from Job Corps with a GED. Saying the program "helped me experience independence for the first time,” Carter applied his new skills and perspective with renewed focus to his music industry ambitions.

Today he is the CEO of Coalition Media Group, a successful Beverly Hills, California, artist management and digital marketing company. He has worked closely with superstars like Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Will Smith, Eve, Nelly, and Lady Gaga.

Carter says America needs institutions like Job Corps because building leaders "starts in school" with students who "don’t stop dreaming and work hard.” He is living proof that, if just given the opportunity, tomorrow’s leader could be anyone, even an ambitious young dreamer from West Philadelphia.

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Kailyn Collins

Published: March 08, 2016 | 3:20 PM

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 in her future career endeavors.

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Michael Ford

Published: June 01, 2015 | 3:35 PM

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 about the 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.”

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Dylan Kalivas, Airman First Class, United States Air Force

Published: September 01, 2015 | 3:24 PM

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 associate's 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.

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Demoine Ricky Lofton

Published: December 15, 2014 | 10:12 AM

In the middle of a hot Georgia Summer in 2010, Demoine Ricky Lofton realized his life was on the road to nowhere 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 at 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 at 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 transport 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.

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Christopher Ramirez

Published: August 09, 2013 | 3:48 PM

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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Anne Marie Scheer

Published: August 26, 2014 | 2:57 PM

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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Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:12 PMSTORIES

Job Corps' motto is "Success Lasts a Lifetime" and nowhere is this more evident than in the story of Idaho Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sergio Gutierrez, who received his GED and studied carpentry at the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in the early 1970s.

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Sergio crossed the border with his family and settled in Stockton, California. His father struggled to make ends meet for his six children on field workers’ wages and his mother suffered from crippling mental illness. To ease their burden, Sergio, then four years old, and one of his sisters moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, to live with their loving grandmother in a leaky, hole-covered house that he remembers as barely habitable. Despite this poverty and hardship, Sergio was inspired by his grandmother’s wisdom and promised her that he would make something of himself.

When Gutierrez was 12, his beloved grandmother died, and he moved back to Stockton with his mother, his farm worker stepfather, and 12 other siblings. Scraping by in these conditions proved to be too much for the young man. He dropped out of high school after finishing 9th grade and fell in with a crowd of older boys that he admits were hoodlums.

Often homeless and frustrated with barely getting by on menial jobs, Sergio went to an employment office where he met a woman who recommended the Job Corps program to him. Resolving to fulfill his promise to his grandmother, he enrolled that day. This was when his new life began.

At 16, Sergio began attending the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in Oregon. The structure, support, and serenity of the center "gave me an affirmation that I could do something with my life." Sergio quickly became a leader among the students and graduated with carpentry skills and a GED.

Transformed by his experiences at Wolf Creek, Sergio went on to earn both an undergraduate and a law degree, practiced law, and was appointed to the Idaho Court of Appeals in 2002.

Judge Gutierrez attributes his success to the Job Corps program. "I was not going down the right path, and the program literally saved my life," he said. “My life turned around when I enrolled in the Wolf Creek Job Corp Center in Glide, Oregon. Job Corps saved my life. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings Law School. But I am most proud of the GED that I attained at Wolf Creek because it represented a new start in my life.”

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Darius Phillips

Published: August 09, 2013 | 3:43 PM

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 have 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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Micka Blair

Published: September 05, 2014 | 2:50 PM

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.

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Patrice Howard

Published: December 15, 2014 | 9:58 AM

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 in 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!

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Dylan Kalivas

Published: October 24, 2013 | 3:16 PM

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 is sincerely proud to share Dylan's many accomplishments.

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Jonathan Poole

Published: February 15, 2017 | 3:55 PM

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 as a jet-vacuum truck driver for Compliance Enviro Systems, LLC (CES). CES provides all services required for comprehensive storm drain and sanitary sewer system evaluations and works for many municipalities following natural disasters.

Poole is 20 years of age and his hiring is unique because companies do not usually 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.”

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Kitumaini Nturubika

Published: February 21, 2014 | 3:08 PM

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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Robert Harris, United States Army Airborne Infantryman

Published: September 01, 2015 | 3:28 PM

Robert Harris is a 2014 Construction Equipment Mechanic graduate of the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. On October 19, 2014, he enlisted in 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!

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Monique Williams Jordan

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:11 PMSTORIES

With a pinch of passion, a sprinkle of creativity and a generous amount of determination, "Chef Moe," Monique Williams, has turned her culinary aspirations into a recipe for success.

Her journey began as a culinary arts student at Woodstock Job Corps Center in Maryland - the same school where she landed her first job. After several years of teaching and inspiring other young chefs, Williams became the first former Job Corps student to become an advanced instructor at Anne Arundel Community College’s hands-on culinary program.

Chef Moe was recognized during the 45th Anniversary of Job Corps celebration and later joined her Woodland Job Corps Center culinary students to cook with Chef Robert Irvine from the Food Network show Dinner: Impossible. "The opportunity to make a life-changing difference in the lives of other young people is very special to me, and I will forever be grateful to Job Corps for giving me that," said Williams.

Chef Moe’s work in the kitchen is truly inspired, but it’s her gift for inspiring others to achieve independence and success, no matter where they come from, that has the power to change the world. We can’t wait to see what she cooks up next.

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Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:12 PMSTORIES

Job Corps' motto is "Success Lasts a Lifetime" and nowhere is this more evident than in the story of Idaho Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sergio Gutierrez, who received his GED and studied carpentry at the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in the early 1970s.

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Sergio crossed the border with his family and settled in Stockton, California. His father struggled to make ends meet for his six children on field workers’ wages and his mother suffered from crippling mental illness. To ease their burden, Sergio, then four years old, and one of his sisters moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, to live with their loving grandmother in a leaky, hole-covered house that he remembers as barely habitable. Despite this poverty and hardship, Sergio was inspired by his grandmother’s wisdom and promised her that he would make something of himself.

When Gutierrez was 12, his beloved grandmother died, and he moved back to Stockton with his mother, his farm worker stepfather, and 12 other siblings. Scraping by in these conditions proved to be too much for the young man. He dropped out of high school after finishing 9th grade and fell in with a crowd of older boys that he admits were hoodlums.

Often homeless and frustrated with barely getting by on menial jobs, Sergio went to an employment office where he met a woman who recommended the Job Corps program to him. Resolving to fulfill his promise to his grandmother, he enrolled that day. This was when his new life began.

At 16, Sergio began attending the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in Oregon. The structure, support, and serenity of the center "gave me an affirmation that I could do something with my life." Sergio quickly became a leader among the students and graduated with carpentry skills and a GED.

Transformed by his experiences at Wolf Creek, Sergio went on to earn both an undergraduate and a law degree, practiced law, and was appointed to the Idaho Court of Appeals in 2002.

Judge Gutierrez attributes his success to the Job Corps program. "I was not going down the right path, and the program literally saved my life," he said. “My life turned around when I enrolled in the Wolf Creek Job Corp Center in Glide, Oregon. Job Corps saved my life. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings Law School. But I am most proud of the GED that I attained at Wolf Creek because it represented a new start in my life.”

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Troy Carter

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:09 PMSTORIES

Like many Job Corps graduates, Troy Carter began his life in a low-income neighborhood with nothing but a dream of music industry success and a drive to make it happen. After struggling to balance his education with a budding music career, Carter enrolled in the former Chesapeake Job Corps Center in Port Deposit, Maryland in 1990.

Carter quickly graduated from Job Corps with a GED. Saying the program "helped me experience independence for the first time,” Carter applied his new skills and perspective with renewed focus to his music industry ambitions.

Today he is the CEO of Coalition Media Group, a successful Beverly Hills, California, artist management and digital marketing company. He has worked closely with superstars like Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Will Smith, Eve, Nelly, and Lady Gaga.

Carter says America needs institutions like Job Corps because building leaders "starts in school" with students who "don’t stop dreaming and work hard.” He is living proof that, if just given the opportunity, tomorrow’s leader could be anyone, even an ambitious young dreamer from West Philadelphia.

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Monique Williams Jordan

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:11 PMSTORIES

With a pinch of passion, a sprinkle of creativity and a generous amount of determination, "Chef Moe," Monique Williams, has turned her culinary aspirations into a recipe for success.

Her journey began as a culinary arts student at Woodstock Job Corps Center in Maryland - the same school where she landed her first job. After several years of teaching and inspiring other young chefs, Williams became the first former Job Corps student to become an advanced instructor at Anne Arundel Community College’s hands-on culinary program.

Chef Moe was recognized during the 45th Anniversary of Job Corps celebration and later joined her Woodland Job Corps Center culinary students to cook with Chef Robert Irvine from the Food Network show Dinner: Impossible. "The opportunity to make a life-changing difference in the lives of other young people is very special to me, and I will forever be grateful to Job Corps for giving me that," said Williams.

Chef Moe’s work in the kitchen is truly inspired, but it’s her gift for inspiring others to achieve independence and success, no matter where they come from, that has the power to change the world. We can’t wait to see what she cooks up next.

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