Cleveland Job Corps Center

Cleveland Job Corps Success Lasts A Lifetime

September 8th, 2017

Markeda Carter arrived at the Cleveland Job Corp Center on July 31, 2013, from Detroit, Michigan. She entered the program with a high school diploma from Osborn High School. Before Job Corp, she attended Western Michigan University majoring in nursing but due to a death in her family she did not finish. Markeda decided to enroll in the Cleveland Job Corps Center to become a nursing and medical assistant. She eventually earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, but as fate would have it Markeda would enter into a completely different career.

Markeda received her state tested nursing assistant, first aid, CPR, electrocardiogram, phlebotomy, and medical assistant credentials. She was the first student to serve on four student government association executive boards; two of them as student body president. She was also selected to attended Job Corps’ 50 Anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C., as Cleveland Job Corps’ student ambassador. She credits what she likes to call her “Four Mother/Mentors,” Angela Laureano, Shirley Tucker, Katrina Hayden-Robinson and Sharon Patterson with helping her complete the program whenever she became discouraged.

After graduating in August 2014, Markeda worked to gain experience in her trade. Learning that she had been accepted to the AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest location in Denver, Colorado she completed the Cleveland Job Corps program on July 28, 2015, and returned to Detroit to await her October 7, 2015, departure to Denver. While in AmeriCorps, Markeda served as a Corp member traveling across the southwest part of the country to Salina, Kansas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Houston, Texas; Granbury, Texas; Austin, Texas; Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; Albuquerque, New Mexico and Phoenix, Arizona. She completed different task such as childhood education, trail building, infrastructure, demolition, roofing, boys and girls club of USA, and working with Habitat. She graduated from AmeriCorps NCCC on July 20, 2016.

Markeda was hired as a residential advisor at the Cleveland Job Corps Center on August 11, 2016. One year later, on August 20, 2017, she was promoted to Career Preparation Instructor. “It gives me great pleasure to be in my new position, which allows me the opportunity to set the tone and grow with the incoming students,” said Markeda.

Her advice to students, “Stay focused on why you came. Troubles may arise, but remember the goals you set for yourself. I didn’t face any academic challenges but I did have to learn to control my attitude, temper, and how to be humbler while in the program. Cleveland Job Corp faculty does a great job in making you feel welcomed. You’re never too little to dream big, always believe there is good in the world,” expressed Markeda.