The picture you see is the North fence of the Roswell Job Corps. The fence surrounds the entire federally owned property currently being privately managed by COI and Del-Jen. Del-Jen or DJI provides service to the United States Government around the world and was formed back in 1977 by the brothers Delane and Fred Jensen.
Job Corps offers career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, residential housing, food service, driver’s education, basic health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance and clothing allowance. Some centers offer childcare programs for single parents as well. The Job Corps graduates also get a cash payment of around one thousand dollars upon graduation and another bonus payment of $1000 if they hang on to their job for 6 months! Also an online Penn Foster High School Diploma can be earned.
In the foreground of the picture you see a little used basketball goal and the male dormitory. In the background is a group of students assembled under the roof of the Smoke Shack (What is a smoking area doing at a place like the Job Corps which is supposed to help with smoking cessation? ) on this relatively rare rainy day in Roswell, New Mexico. The picture was taken around 8 am just before the morning classes commenced.
Sometimes people are a little grumpy in the morning and if you combine that with cigarette smoking, it is easy to see how a fight or two might break out. I think the Roswell Job Corps is relatively peaceful compared to the ones in Cleveland and Detroit.
The Job Corps is an excellent place for young men and women who are not “traditional college types” or who come from low-income families. Some of the Job Corps students are there because of the terms of their probation or a judge order. Some parents, who are at wit’s end with their problem child, send their kids to Job Corps against their will or consent. Job Corps is NOT a for profit school like ITT Tech , Carrington College, Brown Mackie College, or AIU. They are a legitimate vocation/education option for parents who are trying to help their progeny become employable and live independently.
To rear a child well is among the more challenging tasks one can take on. The Job Corps may be a step towards helping parents find the correct career path for their troubled teen. Making the best choices as early as possible in life for your kid can be a true moment of impact. Sometimes it is just a decision here or there that completely turns a life around in a positive way! The graduation ceremony of the Roswell Job Corps is a quite moving and emotional ceremony, held at ENMU, with graduates giving carnations to the instructor or staff member that made the biggest difference and cared the most.
Many graduates find jobs in Roswell at Desert Sun Motors, Dean Baldwin Aircraft Painting, as security guards at airport, Chaves county, Peachtree Village assisted living, and Applebee’s. One occasionally hears talk of the Job Corps being shut down or closing, but they rank very high among the nation’s 124 Job Corps in their graduates still being employed 6 months and one year after graduation! Southeastern NM is relatively poor with quite a bit of poverty. Closing the Job Corps would only exacerbate that issue