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Sacramento Job Corps Center

Published: October 05, 2010 | 3:17 PMARRA

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 at the 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 (ARRA) funds.

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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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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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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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Earth Day Every Day Demand-side Management Winners

Published: January 27, 2010 | 12:10 PMARRA

With so many centers working diligently nationwide to implement green programs and initiatives on campus, picking our first round of Earth Day Every Day (EDED) Demand-side Management Award winners was a difficult task. The two centers from each Region listed below were chosen for going above and beyond in their efforts to recycle, reduce waste, and cut back on water and energy usage. The Regional Offices will be accepting applications for the second round of Demand-side Management Awards soon. To be considered in this round, your center must submit a completed application (Instruction Notice 08-48) to your respective Regional Office no later than COB, March 31. Winners will be announced in April. Centers can also be nominated for EDED Center Recognition Awards. Applications are due to the Regional Office by Jan. 31, with the National Office making the regional selections by Feb. 17.

Boston Region Winners:

The Iroquois Job Corps Center implemented initiatives to save approximately 368,000 gallons of water per year by replacing showerheads and toilets with water-saving devices and cut electricity and gas costs by switching out old light bulbs with more energy-efficient bulbs. The center also created "Project Green Thumb," a Student Government Association-run recycling program for cans and bottles.

The Ramey Job Corps Center reduced its electricity costs by 13 percent last year. The center achieved this goal by closely monitoring energy usage on center and implementing new conservation measures, such as regulating thermostat settings to reduce cooling costs, turning off lights, installing new Energy Star equipment and water-saving devices, and recycling. The center also implemented xeriscaping by planting native plants to reduce the impact on the environment and installed three solar-lighting systems in its gazebo area.

Philadelphia Region Winners:

The Keystone Job Corps Center reduced its energy usage by almost 10 percent over the last year, despite an increase in its number of students. The center achieved these goals by installing solar panels and smart meters and by working closely with the local water authority to monitor water consumption on campus.

The Woodland Job Corps Center installed 27 solar panels, becoming the first to offer solar-panel installation training through a partnership with Anne Arundel Community College and the Chesapeake chapter of Independent Electrical Contractors. More than 75 Job Corps students participated in the program last year and are positioned to find sustainable employment opportunities in the green industry.

Atlanta Region Winners:

The Finch-Henry Job Corps Center (Batesville Job Corps Center) saved 231,300 gallons of water over a three-month period last year and implemented energy-efficiency measures that included purchasing Energy Star products and replacing light bulbs. The center also held a "Green Day," inviting a local university’s professors to speak to students and staff on best green practices, and created a "Green Committee" to lead conservation efforts on campus. Future plans include building a greenhouse on campus.

The Gadsden Job Corps Center started a recycling program that is expected to save 2,600 pounds of solid waste a year, replaced light bulbs on campus for a projected savings of 10,400 kilowatts of energy per year, and appointed a "green" officer on its SGA to spearhead conservation efforts on center. The center also purchased new Energy Star copiers, front-loading washers and dryers, and green office supplies.

Dallas Region Winners:

The North Texas Job Corps Center reduced its gas usage by 10 percent and its water usage by 30 percent over the last year. A committee of staff and students has also implemented a recycling program, placing recycling bins in all dorms, classrooms and other buildings on campus.

The Tulsa Job Corps Center cut its energy consumption by 3 percent, reduced water usage by 10 percent and implemented The Waste Paper Recycling Program, which kept 4.39 tons of paper out of the local landfills in 2009 through daily recycling. The center achieved these goals by installing motion detectors on lights, faucets, and toilets, replacing light bulbs, and using recycle boxes across campus to save paper.

Chicago Region Winners:

The Dayton Job Corps Center saved $9,392 by reducing the center’s energy consumption by 111,600 kilowatts during the past 11 months. The center has also implemented a Team Dayton Energy Efficient Program to encourage energy savings on campus, organized a recycling program and installed a more energy-efficient boiler system in the main building.

The Denison Job Corps Center implemented the "Be a Green Hero and Not a Green Zero" campaign to encourage staff and students to reduce, reuse and recycle. The campaign has led to a 15.6 percent decrease in water usage and a 14.5 percent reduction in electricity usage and to recycling approximately 8,280 pounds of material each quarter.

San Francisco Region Winners:

The Alaska Job Corps Center reduced its energy usage by 12.7 percent, cut back on waste, and installed motion-detector lights and energy-efficient boilers. The center also decreased its water consumption by 9.4 percent by using low-flow showerheads and reusing available water through rain gutters and rain collection devices.

The Sacramento Job Corps Center decreased its energy consumption by installing thermostat locks, purchasing drought-tolerant plants, implementing drip irrigation system timers, weather-stripping doors, and installing automatic flushing mechanisms and motion-detector lights.

Congratulations to our first round of EDED Demand-side Management Award winners and to all centers for their green efforts over the past few months. Keep up the good work, and check back soon for updates on our next round of winners.

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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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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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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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Earth Day Every Day 

Published: January 07, 2010 | 2:04 PMARRA

Twelve centers have been awarded the first round Demand-side Management Awards, which are a part of Job Corps' Earth Day Every Day (EDED) initiatives. Congratulations to the winners! They are: 

  • Boston Region – Ramey and Iroquois Job Corps 
  • Philadelphia Region – Woodland and Keystone Job Corps 
  • Atlanta Region – Finch Henry (Batesville) and Gadsden Job Corps 
  • Dallas Region – North Texas and Tulsa Job Corps 
  • Chicago Region – Dayton and Denison Job Corps 
  • San Francisco Region – Alaska and Sacramento Job Corps 

The next EDED award deadline is January 31. Please remember to deliver submissions for the Center Recognition Award to your Regional Office by this date. For more information about this particular award, please refer to Information Notice 08-48. 

In other Earth Day Every Day-related news, please be on the lookout soon for the release of an EDED programming guide. This guide will provide an activity schedule for the entire EDED Week (April 12-22). Stay tuned for more information regarding this guide and other exciting EDED plans. 

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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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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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