Blue Ridge Job Corps Center

Angelica Washington Age: 22 Hometown: Richmond, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 8/16/2016- 11/28/2017 Training: CMA, High School Diploma Angelica Washington grew up with her mother and her sister in Richmond, VA. She attended Huguenot High School in Richmond, but she did not complete, so she was searching for a way to earn [...]

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” These words were spoken by perhaps the most influential civil rights leader in history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Saturday, January 19, six Blue Ridge Job [...]

Cleaisha Kidd Age: 21 Hometown: Chesterfield, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 7/25/2017- 11/07/2018 Certifications: CNA, High School Diploma Cleaisha Kidd decided to attend Blue Ridge Job Corps Center because she needed to stay out of trouble. She wanted to make something of herself, and many people in her family have pursued nursing, [...]

Fifteen years ago, the Blue Ridge Job Corps Center started a holiday tradition of adopting families through the Santa Elves program. The program is managed by the Smyth County Department of Social Services and ensures that Santa remembers every child in Smyth County for Christmas. During the month of November, Blue Ridge Job Corp’s Student [...]

Fiona Erskine Age: 21 Hometown: Charlottesville, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Enrollment: 7/14/2015 – 6/22/2018 Certifications: Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Patient Care Technician, Medical Administrative Assistant, Electronic Health Records Specialist, and CPR Fiona Erskine had a rough time through her senior year of high school in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA. [...]

Blue Ridge JobCorps Unity Day

October 26th, 2018

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Blue Ridge Job Corps held a Unity Day on Friday, October 19. Throughout the day, staff and students were distributed into small groups, and moved from location to location across campus to participate in a variety of bullying awareness and prevention exercises. Privilege walks, positivity yarn, and [...]

Blue Ridge Job Corps Y2Y Week 2018

September 28th, 2018

Throughout the week of September 17 – 21, 2018, Job Corps Centers across the nation participated in the annual Y2Y week, and Blue Ridge Job Corps was no exception. Youth 2 Youth, Partners 4 Peace is an initiative created by Job Corps students in 2015 to take action around the issue of preventing violence in [...]

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 [...]