Blue Ridge Job Corps Center

On November 8 and 9, Blue Ridge Job Corps welcomed our first group of students back to campus since March 16, when all students left center due to the coronavirus pandemic. BRJC has worked closely with the Department of Labor to create new protocols and procedures to keep our students, staff and community as safe [...]

Shakyra Diggs Age: 24 Hometown: Newport News, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 2/4/2014 – 4/14/2015 Training: Clinical Medical Assistant, Electronic Health Records, Medical Administrative Assistant Shakyra Diggs grew up in Newport News, VA, and she attended high school there up until her senior year. Unfortunately, at that time, she left school without [...]

Doreita Pokuwaa Age: 21 Hometown: Lorton, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 7/11/2018 – 3/20/2020 Training: Clinical Medical Assistant, Patient Care Tech., Phlebotomy Tech. Doreita Pokuwaa was born in the United States, but spent the vast majority of her childhood in the West African country of Ghana. “It was really tough growing up [...]

Kristena Mitchell Age: 31 Hometown: Richmond, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 3/2/2010 – 6/25/2010 Training: Certified Nursing Assistant, High School Diploma Prior to enrolling in Job Corps, Kristena Mitchell had gone through a quite a tough few years. She had married young, and unfortunately it did not end well. Separated from her [...]

Oumou Fofana Age: 22 Hometown: Conakry, Guinea, West Africa Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 9/25/2018 – 8/27/2020 Training: Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant Oumou Fofana grew up in Conakry, the capital city of Guinea in West Africa. When she was 16 years old, she and her brother made their way to the [...]

Chelsi Covey Age: 29 Hometown: Baltimore, MD Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 3/2/2010 – 6/29/2011 Training: Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Office Support Chelsi Covey grew up in Baltimore, MD, where she graduated from high school in 2009. Even before earning her high school diploma, she was already thinking about her [...]

Susie Riddick Age: 23 Hometown: Portsmouth, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 11/30/2015 – 2/19/2017 Training: Medical Office Support, Certified Nursing Assistant Susie Riddick graduated from high school in Portsmouth, VA, but had trouble finding employment with only a high school diploma. She knew she had to receive further education in order to [...]

Kaneesha Jackson Age: 25 Hometown: Manassas, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 10/25/2016 – 7/19/2018 Training: Clinical Medical Assistant. Advanced Career Training Kaneesha Jackson comes from a loving family, led by one of the strongest people she’s ever known, her mother. Unfortunately, her mother became sick when Kaneesha was in high school, so [...]

Lensa Warkese Age: 30 Hometown: Ethiopia Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 7/23/2013-8/25/2015 Training: Nursing Assistant, High School Diploma Lensa Warkesa came to the United States from Ethiopia as a young adult in search of a better life. Shortly after arrival, she took the best job she could find, working in retail at a [...]

Kaycee Chapman Age: 27 Hometown: Ashland, VA Region: Philadelphia Center: Blue Ridge Dates enrolled: 1/24/2013-6/5/2015 Training: Medical Office Support, Licensed Practical Nursing Kaycee Chapman grew up in the small town of Ashland, VA just outside of Richmond. I was a local volunteer firefighter/EMT until graduating from Patrick Henry High School. She’d always goal a goal [...]