Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Marks National Job Corps Commencement Day
September 2nd, 2011
As part of National Job Corps Commencement Day ceremonies, the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center in Prestonsburg marked the day with a graduation ceremony held for 17 students, served dinner following the event and saw a guest from the Kentucky’s House of Representatives speak to the graduates and student body, along with staff and attending guests, about motivation and the importance of Job Corps in their lives.
Horizons Youth Services, the company operating Perkins Job Corps, joined the National Job Corps Association and all Job Corps students and staff from 124 centers nationwide in celebration of National Job Corps Commencement Day. This exciting event is symbolically held the same day President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act creating Job Corps in 1964 – August 30.
“The graduation day is considered to be one of the most important milestones in life. We want students here to embrace their graduation and be proud of their accomplishments from their stay here at the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center,” said Perkins graduation committee member Cynthia Bohon. “While working on the committee, we are always elated to see the students so passionate and energetic upon this important milestone. It is refreshing to work with the graduating students and see how they have transformed into young professionals. It is one of the perks to my job, seeing the transformation of young adults entering the world.”
The guest speaker for the August 30 event was 97th District Kentucky State Representative Hubert Collins, a retired teacher who has since served 21 years in the state House.
“Whether you make it or not is up to you,” Collins said, reminding students that he worked hard to continue his education by walking miles to school and attending college only through bills he received following his service in the military. “I wanted it and so I achieved it. I know that each one of you in this room is capable of taking a seat here among these students graduating today. You can make it. I believe in you.”
Seventeen students graduated during the marked event including Warren Alexander in Culinary Arts, Brittany Brown in Hotel Lodging, Robert Brown in Bricklaying, Trevor Carr in Bricklaying, Misty Dempsey in Hotel Lodging, Folabi Fadamoro in Hotel Lodging and Culinary Arts, Alexis Flowers in Hotel Lodging, Casey Fuller in Culinary Arts, Anthony George in Electricity, Corbin Kunkel in Electricity, Antoney Lunders in Office Administration, Michael Maloney in Office Administration, Roland Polk in Culinary Arts and Office Administration, Matthew Remington in Hotel Lodging, Michael Ruffin in Hotel Lodging, Jacori Southern in HVAC and Necco Wimby in Facilities Maintenance.
“My experience here at Carl D. Perkins has been wonderful. This place has helped me obtain all the resources to be successful. I am glad to have experienced the Job Corps Program because I feel it has changed my life in such a positive way,” said graduate Misty Dempsey. “I now know I can do anything I set my mind to and get it done. I would like to thank the staff and students who helped me through this chapter of my life and excited to be a part of the national commencement day.”
Others graduating August 30 said they would change nothing at all about their experience.
“I am proud to be one of the few to have the opportunity graduate on the Job Corps National Commencement Day. I felt that I have taken a lot from Job Corps and wouldn’t look back or wish anything different,” said Anthony George, who graduated from Electricity. “I love it for the way it happened. I would tell any entering job corps student to go as far as you can and when you get there you will see farther.”