Vanessa Kahin recently wrote a very informative article in the Roswell Daily Record describing a community project performed by the Job Corps. The Job Corp is federally funded but privately managed by COI (Career Opportunities Inc.) I can think of no better use of federal funds than providing job skills for economically disadvantaged youth.
RJCC(Roswell Job Corps Center) is remodeling the American Legion Hall in Roswell, New Mexico while at the same time providing training to its students in the painting and remodeling, facility maintenance, and electrical wiring trades.
The American Legion is providing the materials and Job Corps kids are providing the labor. Painting and remodeling instructor Robert Gibson grades his students on the quality of work they do. He chooses highly motivated students to lead the work efforts while overseeing the overall progress of the project. All of the students involved in this particular Face Lift of the American Legion are enrolled in the HBI (Home Builders Institute) program at the RJCC.
There are around 120 Job Corps dotting the United States whom each offer a Penn Foster High School Diploma along with a valuable vocational education in trades ranging from automotive to culinary. Most of the kids in the Job Corps program, who also get paid a small cash stipend every two weeks, come from destitute, poverty stricken home lives. Job Corp students get paid a $561 bonus for graduating and another 561 dollars six weeks after they graduate as a reward for holding down a job.
Job Corps justifies its existence by producing employable graduates who can live independently. Kudos to Job Corps for helping to break the cycle of poverty!