Penobscot Job Corps Academy Holds Student Showcase 

There are 124 Job Corps facilities in America and on Tuesday they all marked the anniversary of the bill that created the program. On August 30, 1964 President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act creating Job Corps.The Penobscot Job Corps Academy held a ceremony to highlight its programs that help shape students’ lives.”It’s a second chance and we really are an alternative school of choice for many,” said Jon Symonds, career and workforce development director.The ceremony was followed by a showcase for visitors to see the students’ work and the tools they use to do it. For these students, a day at Job Corps is a day of career oriented training.”A lot of torch cutting, and grinding and a lot of welds,” said Dustin Howard, a student in the welding program.”He’ll explain how to do it and then we go and do it so we’re always busy, busy, busy,” said Shaniece Casey, describing a day in the advanced baking program.They’re busy learning a trade they can turn into a career.”You find the heart of your trade then you’re going to do that and basically you get a job out of here if you work really hard,” said Rachel Wright, advanced baking student.For these students who might not have previously known where their lives would take them, Job Corps gives them an opportunity to get a better job and have a brighter future.