Blue Ridge Job Corps Center

Blue Ridge Job Corps joined 125 Job Corps centers across the country to celebrate the 8th Annual “National Job Corps Commencement Day” ceremony Friday, August 24, and to congratulate the Job Corps students who showed Job Corps Works! by completing the program this year. Local policymakers, community leaders, family members and many others recognized these [...]

On August 1, 2018, the Rich Valley Fair held its first annual Senior Health Fair sponsored by Ballad Health. The event was open to the public at no charge, and was an effort to reach the elderly in the area to inform them about various health care options and organizations near them. Blue Ridge Job [...]

After graduating from High School in June 2016, Candice Baylor decided to follow in her sister’s (Angelica Baylor) footsteps. On April 12, 2017, Candice joined the Blue Ridge Job Corps “Village” and decided to pursue the Medical Assistant trade just like her older sister. In less than a year, Candice earned her Medical Assistant, Patient [...]

“Surround yourself with people who move forward in a positive direction,” recommends Evelyn Skinner. After graduating from Blue Ridge Job Corps Center’s License Practical Nursing (LPN) program in partnership with the Smyth Career & Technology Center on May 20, 2017, Evelyn landed a job at Brookdale Senior Living as a Licensed Practical Nurse. The Prince [...]

Jaida Hardy Age: 19 Hometown: Mecklinburg, North Carolina Center: Blue Ridge Region: Philadelphia Career Area: Medical Assistant Job Corps Dates: 10/4/16 – 12/13/17 “My mother has always been my rock and someone I look up to,” said Jaida. “She pushed me to be the person I am today, I want to be just like my [...]

Rossana Garay Escalante Age: 19 Hometown: Richmond, VA Center: Blue Ridge Job Corps Center Region: Philadelphia Career Area: Medical Assistant Job Corps Dates: 7/18/17 – 03/17/18 Growing up in Venezuela, Rossana Garay Escalante and her family witnessed the deprivation happening in their country. Understanding the need to provide their family with more opportunities, her parents [...]

In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, the Blue Ridge Job Corps Center welcomed Virginia State Trooper, Jay Ferland to Center on April 25, 2018, for a presentation on the inherent dangers of intoxication in association with the operation of motor vehicles. Following a brief introduction, Trooper Ferland facilitated his presentation with an interactive lecture in [...]

For Women’s History month, Mrs. King, the reading instructor at Blue Ridge Job Corps, thought it would be a good idea for students to volunteer to interview female staff members on center to find out about their contributions to and gain a better understanding of history in staffs’ lifetimes. Nineteen staff members volunteered to be [...]

On April 11, 2018, representatives from Blue Ridge Job Corps, Rose Alexander, Susan Ferraro, and Jordan Loupe, participated in the 2018 Smyth County Opportunity Fair in Chilhowie, VA, organized by the Smyth County Chamber of Commerce. The annual event is part of an initiative to promote variety of opportunities for students and job seekers in [...]

 On Wednesday May 3, 2017 Blue Ridge Job Corps held an open house to the many residents and area institutions. The open house featured Outreach & Admission counselors on site to speak with interested individuals about Blue Ridge. Blue Ridge students took a large role in the open house as members from the Student government [...]