Kittrell Job Corps celebrates program’s 50th anniversary

Aug. 18, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Kittrell Job Corps Center recently announced plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Job Corps.

Started in 1964 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, the program provides career technical training and education for low-income young people ages 16 through 24. It is the nation’s largest and oldest federally-funded career training and education program. The program enrolls nearly 60,000 students annually at 125 Job Corps centers across the country.

Training areas at Kittrell Job Corps Center include business, construction and culinary arts, among others.

Festivities will kick off Monday with an assembly in the center’s gymnasium. The center will also conduct a community service project Monday at Area Christians Together in Service.

On Tuesday, the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce will host a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony. Food will be provided by the center’s culinary arts students.

On Wednesday, Vance-Granville Community College will host an event in the center’s gymnasium.

A community tour of the center will take place Thursday.

The celebration will conclude Friday with a 2 p.m. graduation ceremony in the center’s gymnasium. The guest speaker will be Richard Price, who graduated from the Kittrell center in 2001. Price now serves as a preacher, mentor and motivational speaker and is an adjunct professor in the social sciences department at the College of New Rochelle in New York City.

For more information about Job Corps, call (800) 733-JOBS or go to recruiting.jobcorps.gov.