Jenean HamptonWHITE PLAINS, Ky. (7/30/17) — Job Corps students Tyler Seals and Shelby Smith were invited to greet visitors and assist with setup and cleanup at the Senior Citizens Building in White Plains recently.

The students had the opportunity to speak to residents and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton about their successes within the Job Corps program and listen to Hampton discuss the state government to provide business and workforce opportunities within the state.

“Growing up in poverty should not define who you are”, said Hampton. “I absolutely love what I do. I get to come out here and spend time with you folks, and try to attract businesses to Kentucky. We have made huge strides in Kentucky recently in making the state more employer friendly.”

Student Tyler Seals told the crowd, “Since coming to Job Corps, I have changed my life. I now have a driver’s license, am certified as a heavy equipment operator, I am in welding classes right now, after that, I will be obtaining my CDL, and as a huge step for me. I am currently working on joining the U.S. Marines.”

Jodi Ashby, Muhlenberg Job Corps business community liaison, was given the opportunity to elaborate on the Job Corps potential impact on the work force of Kentucky.

“As the Lieutenant Governor has already said, poverty shouldn’t define people," Ashby said. "That is what Job Corps is all about. It is not a program for troubled youth as many people believe. It is a program for underprivileged youth. It is my objective to let you all know, if you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or friends who are ages 17-24, and their families income falls below the poverty line, they are likely eligible for this program and can take advantage of it. If they want to go to college, get advanced trade skills, or just get a trade to help them obtain desired employment, Job Corps may be their ticket to obtaining the education needed for desired outcomes.”

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center serves any youth ages 17-24 who meet the minimum requirements. Students obtain vocational skill training and other necessary education they need to be successful in their chosen career. More than 70 percent of Job Corps students earn industry-recognized credentials in one of more than 100 trades in high growth industries.

For more information, contact Jodi Ashby at (270) 377-3269.

SurfKY News

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