Wind River Job Corps Student with a Dual Purpose
At Wind River Job Corps, a student has the opportunity to not only get a high school diploma and driver’s license, they can also graduate with certifications from more than one trade if there are ambitious. This is exactly what our student-of-the-week, Ernest Gill’s intentions are.
“There are always a few students who really stand out, and Ernest is one of those students,” says center director Dr. Kristen Benson. “He is working hard towards his goals. The word resilient comes to mind when I think of him.”
Ernest commented, “I was tired of struggling and was ready for a change in my life. I needed structure and I have always known I could be great at several things.” So Ernest made the decision to better his life and came to Wind River Job Corps from Lakewood, Colorado. He will be trained on several pieces of heavy equipment, as well as completing the electrician program, before starting on his career as a pre-apprentice electrician.
After Ernest graduates from Wind River Job Corps, he intends to enroll in a 4-year electrical apprenticeship. Ernest says, “If you have a solid background in multiple trades you have more options in life to choose from.”
Center director, Dr. Kristen Benson added, “Ernest has overcome difficult situations and advocates for himself. I am extremely proud of how he has adjusted.”
With all of this training, and a journeyman electrician’s license he will prove to be a very valuable employee in both the commercial and industrial electrical power industry.
Congratulations Ernest Gill, you are Wind River Job Corps’ Student of the Week.
WIND RIVER JOB CORPS serves up to 300 campus-based and non-residential students generally originating from the Rocky Mountain states. The center provides over 16 career tracks offered through eight vocational programs, including pre-apprenticeship opportunities. These programs have been determined and developed based on the current high-performing job market trends in the region. Included in vocational training are employability skills and community engagement. Wind River Job Corps is the newest of the 124 Job Corps centers located throughout the United States, opening in 2015. It is operated by the Alternate Perspectives, Inc. for the Department of Labor and is located at 4200 Airport Rd in Riverton, Wyoming.
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.