I’m a student out at the Wolf Creek Job Corps center, and I wrote this to shed some light on the truth from an inside perspective about what Job Corps is really doing.

Despite what you may read in the media, Job Corps is not failing students in terms of the program's mission to provide quality education, career training and a structured environment for young men and women ages 16-24. Every month, I see more students complete the program and go back out into the community with goals to live a productive, responsible lifestyle. This is a tremendous change in behavior from how some were living before starting the program.

The background of each student varies case by case. Some grew up with minimal worries in their day-to-day life, while others come from abusive homes or no home at all. What Job Corps provides is not only an opportunity for beginning a successful career but also a fresh start, for some — an opportunity to step away from the past and move forward to a more rewarding future.

This program is not only molding the next generation of workers through hands-on experience, but also teaching students about important social skills that will get them further in their own work or personal lives.

Job Corps really can make a change in the life of a young person who seeks direction, and the hard work of all the staff and instructors at every center is a reflection of true dedication to helping the next generation be successful.

Jon Mathews


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