Cleveland Job Corps Center

Cleveland Job Corps Student Success Story

October 9th, 2017

Name: Ronell Brackett
Age: 18
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Center: Cleveland Job Corps
Enrollment Dates: 9/19/16 – 9/19/17
Career Area: Bricklaying
Employer: Foti Contracting
Position: Union Bricklayer

“I didn’t care for my high school environment, I just couldn’t thrive there,” expressed Ronell Brackett. Ronell learned about a unique hands-on, self-paced educational institution with a construction trade from his brother who had attended Job Corps in the past. He considered the program since he likes to work with his hands, then signed up for the Cleveland Job Corps Center with the goal of attaining a career.

When Ronell began Bricklaying, he quickly realized he had to overcome his tendency of being indolent. “The high expectations and constant demand that I step up to the plate and give my best every day, that I received from my Bricklaying Instructor John Butcher and High School Diploma Instructor Michael Faulkner, helped me to become what I am today; a Union Bricklayer in Cleveland Local 5 Bricklayers,” exclaimed Ronell. He worked diligently to earn his High School Diploma and Bricklaying certification. He earned credentials for NCCER Core Curriculum, Green Building Awareness, Scaffold Safety, OSHA 10, IMI Pre-Apprentice Certificate, Gastite Installer, IMI Masonry Tool User, and HILTI Powder Actuated Tools.

He enjoyed participating in the Men’s Empowerment group led by CJCC Residential Advisor, Demetrious Kennedy. “The group taught me how to be a better man and role model,” said Ronell. He expressed appreciation to the Residential Advisors for the structure, guidance and independent living skills.

Ronell is employed with Foti Contracting, working on a Multi-Use project at West 25th and Detroit. He plans to continue pursuing his Bricklayer’s Apprenticeship to eventually become a Journeyman Bricklayer over the next four years. He plans to use the money he earns to get reliable transportation and a place of his own. “Job Corps taught me to be humble, to appreciate what I have, and make the best of it,” said Ronell.