Letter: Job Corps works throughout state

Dec. 15, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

To the Editor:

One of the most important keys to Vance County’s economic recovery is the Kittrell Job Corps Center which partners with our local leaders, community groups and businesses to help young people overcome their challenges and become hard-working, taxpaying members of our community.

I serve on the Kittrell Job Corps community relations council committee, as well as the juvenile crime prevention committee, and have seen a great many student success stories. Upon graduating from Job Corps students enter into the workplace, military, colleges and universities. Kittrell Job Corps Center hosts ongoing community service projects helping needy non-profit agencies. Kittrell Job Corps prepares its graduates for careers and they learn by doing and applying learned skills in a real work environment under the supervision of skilled qualified career technical trade instructors.

Job Corps main focus is on employability skills, including practicing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Kittrell Job Corps Center is one of 125 centers across the country that serves about 60,000 students each year. Approximately 86 percent of graduates go on to find and keep jobs, pursue higher education or enlist in the military.

Fortunately, our elected officials recognize the important role Job Corps plays.

I appreciate the support of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Congressman Brad Miller and Henderson Mayor Pete O’ Geary, Kittrell Mayor Jerry Joyner and hope they will continue to work hard to ensure an investment in Job Corps, which helps our young people, boosts our local economy and supports private-sector jobs. Job Corps works in North Carolina.

Joseph Brown