The Roswell Job Corps is good for the city and a great option for parents who are struggling financially to help prepare their kids to find employment and live independently. The Job Corps trains their students in a variety of vocational trades including electrical wiring, culinary, carpentry, bricklaying, hotel and lodging, pharmacy technician, plumbing, welding, accounting services, mechanics etc. Also I believe, if you cover the price of the parts, the Roswell Job Corps automotive department will fix your car free of any labor costs!
Some of the Job Corps graduates go to work at Dean Baldwin Aircraft painting just down the road in the Roswell Industrial Air Center (RIAC), Farmers Country Market grocery store, or as security guards at mall. The Job Corps does an excellent job of helping to bridge the income inequality gap that exists in the United States by teaching marketable skills. They also will help you get a driver’s license and a High School Diploma.
The student body at this particular Job Corps in southeastern New Mexico is very ethnically diverse and cosmopolitan. Kids and young adults from Iraq, Dominican Republic, Mexico, along with the usual mix of Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics from the region and El Paso create the potential for racial tension and culture clashes. ( Read Lisa Delpit’s excellent book Other People’s Children ) Also some of the students are there on a court or judge’s order as a condition of their probation.
So it was no surprise when an article titled Racially motivated crime at Job Corps appeared in the RDR today. RPD spokesperson Erica O’Bryon informs us there were two victims and 3 suspects in a fight that occurred in or near a counselor’s office. There had been a history of altercations and conflicts between those involved. One of the victims was punched in the face multiple times but apparently a trip to the hospital was unnecessary.
The State of New Mexico is very clear on what constitutes a hate crimeand perpetrators of hate crimes will be punished vigorously and to the full extent of the law. This type of incivility will not be tolerated anywhere in the great state of New Mexico, especially a federally funded entity like the Job Corps!
Very related is the well written article about the trials and challenges of being gay or lesbian at the Boxelder job corps. The article details the problems a gay student in the Culinary Arts Program had to deal with.