Blue Ridge Job Corps Center

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Dr. William Reid, the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Bristol, VA joined the staff and students on January 21, 2020 to discuss the life and legacy of Dr. King, while sharing his own story, and offering motivation and inspiration along the way. As a young [...]

Throughout the month of December, the students and staff at Blue Ridge Job Corps Center participated in a variety of activities to help spread joy and love during the holiday season. Giving back to the community is extremely important to everyone at Blue Ridge, and there is no better time of year to put this [...]

On December 12, Justine Bradley, Licensed Practical Counselor of the Mount Rogers Community Service Board came to center to talk with the student body about how to overcome the “Holiday Blues”. There are many factors that can cause the depressed, stressed, agitated, fatigued, down and out, dreaded bad feelings that many people experience over the [...]

Jennifer Hallmark Age: 28 Hometown: Mountain City, TN Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 9/4/2012-2/11/14 Training: Certified Nursing Assistant, Billing & Coding, High School Diploma Growing up, Jennifer Hallmark lived with my mother in Mountain City, TN, which she describes as “blink and you miss it.” At the age of 14, her mother was [...]

Whether young or old, male or female, tall or short, everyone needs to eat. Food is the cornerstone for survival. We also know that what and how much you eat and drink affects your health. Everyone can afford to eat better, and everyone needs to be active, especially with skyrocketing healthcare costs. Food, nutrition, and [...]

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and as every year during this time, Blue Ridge Job Corps does its part to support this wonderful cause. This month staff and students engaged in a variety of activities both on and off center to help not only raise awareness, but to assist monetarily in stamping out [...]

Akira Carpenter Age: 23 Hometown: Hampton, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 9/24/2013-1/31/15 Training: CNA, Home Health Aide, Medication Aide, Electronic Health Records Before arriving at Blue Ridge Job Corps, Akira Carpenter moved around a lot with her older brother. She says that she had way too much time on her hands, and [...]

Blue Ridge Job Corps Students, Staff, Supporters Celebrate 9th Annual National Job Corps Commencement Day Blue Ridge Job Corps joined 123 Job Corps centers across the country to celebrate the 9th Annual “National Job Corps Commencement Day” ceremony on August 23, 2019 to congratulate the Job Corps students who showed Job Corps Works! by completing [...]

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 [...]