Blue Ridge Job Corps Center

Bernisha Valentine Age: 25 Hometown: Chesapeake, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 11/9/2013-3/28/2015 Training: CMA, MOS, EHR, Billing & Coding, Phlebotomy, EKG, Patient Care Tech. Bernisha Valentine grew up in Chesapeake, VA, with a loving and close-knit family. As she got older though, life got harder. Her father was diagnosed with kidney disease, [...]

On July 29, 2019, the Rich Valley Fair held its 2nd Annual Health Fair sponsored by Ballad Health. The inaugural Health Fair was geared specifically toward senior citizens, but this year it was opened to all ages, and for the second consecutive year, Blue Ridge Job Corps represented. Members of the public were able to [...]

Each summer, the Smyth County Teaching Alternative Program (TAP) provides a summer enrichment program for youth in our county. This included continued learning throughout the months when school isn’t in session, as well as other activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, and more. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are also provided to the children [...]

Eileah Morris Age: 23 Hometown: Roanoke, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 4/11/2017-3/29/2019 Training: CNA, HIPAA, CPR/First Aid Eileah Morris enrolled at Blue Ridge Job Corps in April 2017, from Roanoke, VA. She stated, “I was going down the wrong path, and I wanted better for myself. I wanted to help other people, [...]

Before the sun came up on May 17, 2019, a group of Blue Ridge Job Corps students were already on their way to making a difference in the community. The group of nine students, along with Business Community Liaison Jordan Loupe arrived at the Mountain Empire Airport in Rural Retreat, VA at 5:00 a.m. to [...]

Joycelyn Wroten Age: 23 Hometown: Columbia, SC Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 5/23/2017-8/17/2018 Training: CMA, HIPAA, CPR/First Aid Joycelyn Wroten arrived at Blue Ridge Job Corps in May of 2017, from Columbia, South Carolina. She had graduated from high school, but she wanted to further her education. She learned about Job Corps while [...]

Aaliyah Bland Age: 21 Hometown: Fort Lee, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 9/5/2017- 3/15/2019 Training: CNA, CPR/First Aid, ServSafe Aaliyah Bland came to Blue Ridge Job Corps from Fort Lee, VA, but she spent the majority of her childhood and adolescence in the state of Hawaii, where she graduated from James Campbell [...]

On April 25, 2019, Blue Ridge Job Corps hosted an open house to give local employers, potential applicants, and members of the community at-large the opportunity to learn about the opportunities offered at our center. The Student Government Association served as tour guides for the evening, including Medical Office Support student Julie Davisson and Clinical [...]

Deja Wallace Age: 22 Hometown: Williamsburg, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 8/23/2016- 4/19/2017 Training: CMA, MOS, Insurance Claims Processor Deja Marie Wallace enrolled at Blue Ridge Job Corps in August, 2016. She was twenty years old at the time, and had been working as a server at Ruby Tuesday since graduating from [...]

Sarah Proffitt Age: 22 Hometown: Norfolk, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 5/8/2018- 1/9/2019 Training: Clinical Medical Assistant, CPR/First Aid Sarah Proffitt came to Blue Ridge Job Corps from her home town of Norfolk, VA. She had graduated from high school, but attending college was financially unattainable for her. In May, 2018 she [...]