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STORY May 19, 2017 | 2:12 PM

Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez

Center Spotlight: Heavy Lifting at the Sacramento Job Corps Center

Published: October 05, 2010 | 3:17 PMSACRAMENTO

Training on heavy equipment operating simulators and using oil filter crushing devices are just a few of the changes in the Heavy Equipment Operations training program at the Sacramento Job Corps Center that will better prepare students for future career opportunities.

Heavy Equipment Operations students helped build the heavy equipment simulators they are now training on. The project was overseen by Josh Buhlest, a Job Corps graduate. Buhlest, who has been out of the program since 1995, is currently the welding and fabrications instructor at the Operating Engineers Training Center in Rancho Murieta, Calif.

“The simulators are a great way for students to gain valuable hands-on training time before actually being put on a machine,” says Buhlest. “This cuts down on the amount of fuel used to run the machines on center because the simulators are electric and portable, allowing them to be used more frequently and in various areas.”

The Sacramento Job Corps Center has a goal of reducing fuel consumption center-wide by 10 percent.

Students training at Sacramento are also on a path of conscious energy conservation by using an oil filter crushing device that removes and recycles up to 90 percent of the oil left in the filter used during training. The center consumes an average of 50 five-gallon oil cans per month, and all recycled oil is then shipped to a local recycling center. In addition, the crushing device reduces the disposal size of the can by 75 percent.

The heavy equipment simulators and the oil filter crushing device were purchased with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

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Career Fair "Makes the Connection"

Published: April 24, 2014 | 3:33 PM

Sacramento Job Corps Center hosted its annual career fair on April 23, 2014, at the recreation center. The event's theme was "Make the Connection." The career fair attracted 25 different companies and gave students an opportunity to meet with area employers, build their professional networks, and apply for open job positions.

Local participating employers included: Aerotek; AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region; Asher College; Asian Resources; Beutler Corporation; California Conservation Corps; California Department of Corrections; Cal-Pro Painting; Center for Employment Training; Central Refrigerated Services, Inc.; Chase Bank; Heald College; Home Instead; NAPA Auto Parts; National Guard; Nelson Staffing; North State Building Industry Association; Sacramento City College; South County Career Center; Union Pacific Railroad; UC Davis Health System; United States Army; United States Navy; Universal Protection Service; and Volt.

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Sacramento Job Corps Collects 50 Units at Latest Blood Drive

Published: April 20, 2015 | 3:35 PM

More than 50 students and staff members signed up to give blood at our most recent blood drive. The event, sponsored by our center's Wellness Center, yielded 50 units of blood. BloodSource, a work-based learning partner for the center's Certified Medical Assistant trainees, provided two coaches for the event.

These blood drives are among many community service activities that Sacramento Job Corps Center conducts each year to help residents in the Sacramento area and to give out students the opportunity to give back to their community.

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Sacramento Job Corps Participates in Martin Luther King Jr. March

Published: April 20, 2015 | 3:41 PM

Nineteen students and two staff members from Sacramento Job Corps Center joined thousands of other participants for a march through Sacramento to honor the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The students, along with other marchers, started at the Oak Park Community Center. Another group of marchers started at Sacramento City College, and both groups met at the Sacramento Convention Center, the site of an employment, health and education expo as well as a talent showcase and children's education village.

The theme of the march, organized by MLK365, was, "You are the dream, and the dream is now." More than 10,000 participants joined in the activities to honor King and remember his legacy.

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Troy Carter

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:09 PMSTORIES

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 PMSTORIES

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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Chue Vang

Published: August 31, 2010 | 12:12 PM

Culinary Arts student Chue Vang has received the Achievement Award for work-based learning (WBL) in the Culinary Arts program. Vang completed his work-based learning internship at CalPers, operated by Sodexo/Magic, and was hired there as a Sodexo/Magic employee after completing his WBL.

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David Carr

Published: September 01, 2015 | 11:58 AM

David Carr keeps his goals in crystal clear focus and works hard to reach those goals. From the moment he enrolled in Job Corps to enlisting in the U.S. Army, David has always focused on his future.

David came to Sacramento Job Corps in July 2012. Job Corps was a new experience for Carr. "I had not been in such a large boarding school-type environment before," he said. But his anxieties soon dissipated as he met and got to know his input group: "25 of the most diverse people I have ever had the pleasure of hanging out with."

David chose the Carpentry career technical training program, met instructor John Stiff, and began to "enjoy learning and making friends" with fellow trainees.

Two dorm residential advisors, Andre Armstrong and Siaosi Tofi, became mentors to David, helping him improve his leadership skills. He progressed from secretary to governor of his dorm, and although "those were days with a lot of responsibility on my shoulders," David thrived in his new leadership roles. Eventually, he moved to the Transition Complex, got involved in more committees, and increased his volunteering efforts.

Soon, David was asked to serve as the student safety monitor for the Carpentry trade and met weekly with the center's Safety Manager. Eventually, David was invited to the Staff Safety Committee meetings where he could give his input on center issues.

As he neared graduation, David began to weigh his future employment options. His family had a tradition of serving in the military, and with his Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) score of 92, David figured he had a good chance of being accepted.

In February 2013, he officially enlisted in the U.S. Army and began his tour of duty in August. "My family was happy about the decision, and my fellow tradesmen were proud of me as well." For David Carr, enlisting in the Army was one more step in his life's journey and a way to stay true to what his mother taught him: "Follow through with your commitments."

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Habtamu Gala

Published: June 15, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Habtamu Gala is originally from Ethiopia and came to the United States when he was 18 years old. He initially arrived in Maryland and lived with his cousin for two months. He then lived independently and worked for almost two and a half years in shopping malls, gas stations, and restaurants before deciding to move to Sacramento, California. After finding out about Job Corps through a friend he met in church, Habtamu decided to enroll in Job Corps in September 2012.

At Sacramento Job Corps, Habtamu completed the HVAC trade in May 2013. He was then accepted to Sacramento City College where he is currently enrolled as a Mechanical/Electrical Engineering student. Habtamu recently received a Gold Medal Achievement Award from Sacramento City College for maintaining an overall 3.8 grade point average for the 2014 Spring semester. Sacramento Job Corps and Habtamu are extremely proud of his achievements.

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Monique Williams Jordan

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:11 PMSTORIES

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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Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:12 PMSTORIES

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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Troy Carter

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:09 PMSTORIES

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.

Read More

Monique Williams Jordan

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:11 PMSTORIES

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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