Wind River Job Corps Student with Fury and Tenacity
This student has only been with Wind River Job Corps’ for a short period of time but has achieved so much already. Amaria Collins is a high school graduate who arrived at Wind River Job Corps’ from Houston, Texas in July. Since then, she has completed her OSHA 10, Customer Service Training and is already at 80% in her welding trade.
“This student came to Wind River like fury. She knows what she wants and she knows how to achieve it,” says center director Dr. Kristen Benson.
This spring Amaria plans on enrolling in San Jacinto Community College in Houston to advance her training in welding. She will work towards her Welding Technology AAS Degree which should take about 2 years. Once completed, Amaria will be able to fabricate just about anything using Stick, TIG or MIG welding techniques.
Center director Dr. Kristen Benson adds, “Amaria is super friendly, extremely mature, very humble and has made the conscious choice to get in here and get it. Her tenacity stands out and I think all of those characteristics I just named are what allows her NOT to fall into any drama on center or get sidetracked. I cannot wait to see where she ends up.”
Congratulations Amaria Collins you are Wind River Job Corps’ Student of the Week.
JOB CORPS is a program administered by the United States Department of Labor. The program helps income-eligible young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment. Job Corps has trained and educated over two million individuals since 1964. It is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years.
At Job Corps, students have access to room and board while they learn skills in specific training areas for up to three years. In addition to helping students complete their education, obtain career technical skills and gain employment, Job Corps also provides transitional support services, such as help finding employment, housing, child care, and transportation. Job Corps graduates either enter the workforce or an apprenticeship, go on to higher education, or join the military.
API Alternate Perspectives Incorporated (API) is a certified small, woman-owned company with corporate headquarters just outside our nation’s capital. API’s mission is to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals and realize their dreams by providing them with new ways of thinking to create new ways of doing. API staff have extensive Job Corps experience in almost every aspect of the Job Corps program. The API Operating model begins with building a “positive normative culture” at each center defined by four norms: respect self, respect others, respect community, and strive for excellence. Students and staff at the Wind River Job Corps Center are expected to adopt and embrace these norms to learn, grown, and strive for continuous improvement. In addition to Wind River Job Corps, API operates the Westover Job Corps Center, and Shriver Job Corps Center, both in Massachusetts.