Cleveland Job Corps Center

Cleveland Job Corps Success Lasts A Lifetime!

November 6th, 2017

Delmarcus Walon
Age: 28
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Center: Cleveland
Region: Chicago
Job Corps Dates: 12/6/11—11/25/13
Trade: Facility Maintenance
Employer: NRP Group
Position: Maintenance Tech
Determined to get his education, a career, and his life together, Delmarcus Walon entered the gates of the Cleveland Job Corps Center on December 6, 2011. Prior to enrolling in Job Corps, Delmarcus enrolled in various GED programs but none seemed to work for him. A friend, who was a former Job Corps student, recommended that Delmarcus try Job Corps to get steered in the right direction.
He focused on his academics and earned his GED. In addition to graduating from the Facility Mainte-nance program, Delmarcus earned his HBI Pre-Apprentice Certificate, OSHA 10, and HILTI Powder Actuated Tools credentials. He completed Work-Based Learning internships with Catholic Charities, Rebuilding Together, and The Finch Group; as well as, janitorial work around the Cen-ter. Delmarcus stayed late after school to work on math as it was a difficult subject for him, but he knew it was vital for his job performance. “I value my Facility Maintenance Instructor Michael Yager, he helped me to succeed,” said Delmarcus. “He not only worked with me and taught me safety principles, but vital job skills such as honesty and integrity.”
After completing the Job Corps program and his internship with The Finch Group, the company offered Delmarcus an entry-level position as a groundskeeper as they were impressed with his work ethic. While working at The Finch Group, Delmarcus’ Facility Maintenance Instructor, Michael Ya-ger contacted him about a Maintenance Technician position with The NRP Group. He got the job and is now earning $18 per hour. He is cur-rently working towards a supervisory position. Delmarcus got married in 2014 and has a 16-month-old daughter. “Being in Job Corps finally gave me the focus I needed to get my life together,” stated Delmarcus. “The door of opportunity is open, all you have to do is walk through them.”