POV: Job Corps means more to community

Job Corps is also an important economic engine. Nationally, the average Job Corps center supports 228 local jobs. For every dollar invested in the program, almost $2 is returned to the local economy. In addition, Job Corps students and staff also spend thousands of volunteer hours on community service, including infrastructure projects and helping our neighbors in times of distress.

Local employers that partner with Job Corps receive significant benefits: employer tax incentives; low-cost labor through internships; the freedom from costs of expensive staffing agencies; the ability to help develop customized training; and the chance to teach students how to adapt to specific workplace expectations.

A high-performing Job Corps center like ours is also attractive to employers looking for a new community to call home, because it signals that potential employees have had additional opportunities to develop their skills and working maturity. They know Job Corps is a quality education and career-development program that trains industry-certified employees ready to get to work on day one.

I am most proud of the students who have left our center and continue to thrive in the working world. One student recently commented to a group of community leaders, “Job Corps not only saved my life, but it also saved my future.” It makes me realize the important work we are doing and must continue to do.

Students will continue to be successful at Glenmont Job Corps because of its unique public-private partnership. A key to this relationship is the ongoing support of business leaders and government officials, including our congressional and senatorial delegation as well as the support from state, county and local officials. Thank you for this much-needed vote of confidence for our program.

Glenmont Job Corps Academy looks forward to continuing our relationships building with elected officials, community leaders and businesses. We welcome new partners to our Center to hear more about the wonderful work we are doing with youth and to become more involved. We want to ensure that in 2012 and beyond, “Job Corps Works.”

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