Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center

The Gerald R. Ford Job Corps held its National Job Corps Commencement Day celebration on August 21, 2015. Over 350 students, staff, friends and family members attended the ceremony that was held in the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Auditorium.  Mr. Joseph “Joe” Jones, President and CEO, of Grand Rapids Urban League was the Keynote Commencement Speaker. He encouraged [...]

In honor of Global Youth Service Day, the students and staff of the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center all joined together for the morning of April 26th and volunteered at local non-profit e-recycling organization Comprenew.  Comprewnew is a free community electronics recycling organization that works to keep e-waste out of landfills.  All 200 students [...]

Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center Office Administration student, Christian Dickinson was nominated by Center staff to receive the 2013 Congressional Medal of Merit Award from United States Congressman Justin Amash.  The medal is granted to students in the Congressman’s 3rd District who exhibit academic excellence, peer respect, community service, and school citizenship.  Christian entered [...]

Tiara Smith, age 22 from Saginaw, MI chose to come to the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center after deciding to further her education. She had already obtained her high school diploma, and was working two jobs before making this decision. Tiara enrolled on November, 13th 2012. “I was really nervous my first day on [...]

Vernell Birks, from Saginaw, MI felt that he had not yet accomplished anything and really had nothing to show for the first 23 years of his life. Vernell struggles with ADHD and was always distracted and getting off task, making school very difficult for him. Vernell barely passed high school. After high school, Vernell was [...]

“Hi, my name is Eboni Johnson. I am from Detroit, MI. I’m 23 years old, and I am a parent of three beautiful children. My oldest daughter Ariana is 7 years old, she is smart and will talk for hours. My second oldest daughter Ja’Mya is 4 years old, she is smart and outgoing. My youngest is my [...]

“My name is Katie Howard. I am 19 years old and from Toledo, Ohio. Before coming to the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center, I was skipping school and I wasn’t going to graduate on time. I wanted a better future for myself. A friend told me about Job Corps and I signed up right [...]

“My name is Jasmine Newell. I am from Detroit, Michigan and I am a proud student at Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center. As a 16 year old, I decided to take control of my life and entered the Job Corps on October 16th, 2012. Since being here I have taken four GED tests and [...]

“My name is Bre’yon Congress. I am 19 years old and I grew up in Gary, Indiana. Before I came to Job Corps I was doing everything that a young lady had absolutely no business doing. Back at home I was very distracted. My ex-boyfriend had me thinking that school wasn’t that important, and I was getting into a [...]

Once again, the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island has partnered with the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center for their hiring needs. The Five Star hotel located in the Straits of Mackinaw between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, has extended employment offers to 12 Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center students. This is the fourth [...]