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Monique Williams Jordan

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:11 PM

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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Job Corps and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Published: March 12, 2010 | 11:47 AMARRA

  • $211 million has been allocated to more than 800 shovel-ready construction projects, including three new dorms at the St. Louis Job Corps Center, one new dorm at Jacobs Creek Job Corps Center, the construction of the new Ottumwa Job Corps Center, and approximately 16 solar, wind and pellet technology on centers such as the Westover Job Corps Center and the North Texas Job Corps Center.
  • Construction projects have commenced on more than 65 centers, helping to create and retain jobs.
  • More than 100,000 Job Corps students across the U.S. have been given the opportunity to participate in ARRA-funded activities, including Green Training initiatives, rehabilitation projects, and center-wide green practices.
  • $2,230,256 has been distributed to centers for more than 196 Green Supplemental CTST projects, such as organic gardens, solar panels, wind turbines, and greenhouses that allow students additional experience and green training.
  • More than $9 million has been spent on realigning 76 Training Achievement Records, which are providing students with hands-on training in green skills that will prepare them for jobs in the new green economy.
  • Approximately $7.8 million has been used to replace older, less energy-efficient computers with 11,028 new PCs, which meet Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) requirements and are compliant with the Energy Star and EPEAT requirements.
  • $5 million has been allocated for the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles at 97 Job Corps centers to replace gasoline-based fleet vehicles and to be used as student training aids.
  • Nineteen awards have been presented to centers for going above and beyond in their efforts to reduce energy and water usage and for implementing other green initiatives on campus, such as recycling programs and green committees.
  • Six Earth Day Every Day campaign posters have been used to promote environmental awareness and utility conservation, to encourage students and staff members to get excited about celebrating Earth Day, and to reinforce the messages of the Earth Day Every Day initiative. These posters should now be displayed in centers nationwide.
  • Ten ARRA Toolkit materials for recruitment and outreach efforts have been created for OA, BCL and CTS use, including one-pagers, PowerPoint presentations, and template letters.
  • More than 100 photos have been submitted through GreenSnap.org to help capture the green efforts of centers nationwide.
  • Twenty-four ARRA-related Webinars have been held to share information on green training, center operations, EDED and the ARRA Toolkit.
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Troy Carter

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:09 PM

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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Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:12 PM

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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