Blue Ridge Job Corps Center

Jaida Ortiz Age: 23 Hometown: Charlotte, NC Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 10/4/2016 – 12/13/2017 Training: Clinical Medical Assistant, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician Jaida Ortiz gets much of her work ethic from her mother. As a single parent, she worked three jobs to make ends meet. When Jaida was in high school, however, [...]

Mariah Alesi Age: 19 Hometown: Newport News, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 10/16/2018 – 5/10/2019 Training: High School Diploma, Medical Administrative Assistant Mariah Alesi enrolled at Blue Ridge Job Corps at the age of 16, as she looked to jumpstart her career opportunities. “Growing up was pretty tough for me, but I [...]

Morgan Shore Age: 19 Hometown: Mt. Airy, NC Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 12/10/2019 – 9/30/2020 Training: Medical Administrative Assistant Morgan Shore was a brand-new mother when she made the decision to apply to Blue Ridge Job Corps. As a single mother, she was unsure how she would attend school or even afford [...]

Sarai Gallo Cruz Age: 20 Hometown: Reston, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 9/23/2019 – 1/8/21 Training: Certified Nursing Assistant After graduation high school, Sarai Gallo Cruz enjoyed a gap year as she spent time with family, grew as a person, and planned her next steps. She knew she wanted to further her [...]

Anya OGarro Age: 20 Hometown: Newport News, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 7/30/2019 – 4/9/21 Training: Certified Nursing Assistant “I was really looking for the college experience without having to take on debt,” explained Blue Ridge Job Corps graduate Anya OGarro when asked her motivation for enrolling in Job Corps. Anya, a [...]

Blue Ridge Job Corps joined 121 Job Corps centers across the country to celebrate the 10th Annual “National Job Corps Commencement Day” ceremony on September 9, 2021, to congratulate the Job Corps students who showed Job Corps Works! by completing the program this year. Due to precautions against COVID-19, this year’s ceremony was conducted virtually. [...]

Danielle Crement Age: 22 Hometown: Hopewell, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 10/7/2019 – 2/19/21 Training: Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Tech., Patient Care Tech. “I came to Blue Ridge Job Corps because I knew that it would lead to me to a career that would change my life,” stated BRJC graduate Danielle Crement. [...]

Brenda Gomez Age: 21 Hometown: Hopewell, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 9/15/2018 – 7/1/20 Training: Clinical Medical Assistant “I grew up in a home where my parents provided a great example of work ethic,” explained Blue Ridge Job Corps graduate Brenda Gomez. “See how hard they worked to provide for our family [...]

Candice Baylor Age: 22 Hometown: Marion, VA, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 4/12/2017 – 1/9/2018 Training: Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, EKG Tech., Patient Care Tech. Candice Baylor grew up in Richmond, VA, with dreams of working in theatre production. After graduating high school, she began taking some local theatre courses. It was [...]

Hannah McBeth Age: 22 Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 5/15/2018 – 8/30/2019 Training: Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Tech., Patient Care Tech., EKG Tech. Shante Jones is a 30-year-old mother of two from Fredericksburg, VA. After having her daughter at age 14, Shante begin to struggle academically. Ultimately, she dropped out [...]