Edison Job Corps Center

Student to Chef: Jason Garcia tells the remarkable story of prevailing against all odds

September 30th, 2020

Jason Garcia a former student of the Edison Job Corps program is soar-ing as an entrepreneur. The road to success was paved with several roadblocks and times of uncertainty. However, Jason persevered always seeking to change his life and change the lives of his community. Jason completed the Job Corps program in 2002- 2003. He started Job Corps because he was seeking direction in his life. While attending the Job Corps Business Technology Trade program, where he studied front desk operations, Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The staff recognized Jason’s work ethic and co – opted him as the Teaching Assistant who provided new orientation tours to visitors. Jason completed the Job Corps program, obtained his GED and received the valedictorian award.
After completing the Job Corps program Jason relocated to Ohio and started his new career path. Utilizing the skills obtained from Job Corps Jason pursued his passion working within well-known restaurants such as Applebee’s and Subway working his way up to management. One single defining moment in Jason’s life, he decided to not let life’s circumstances dictate his suc-cess. Jason used the skills acquired in the Business Technology classes and created a PowerPoint presentation to apply for a bank loan. He was awarded the bank loan and started his own business. Jason is a proud owner of his very own food truck business —the White Flamingo. Jason plans on leaving a legacy for his children and will be opening a similar operation of the food truck business in New Jersey. He is committed to offering positions to those in society who like him wish to change their lives. Jason Garcia a former student of the Edison Job Corps program is soar-ing as an entrepreneur. The road to success was paved with several roadblocks and times of uncertainty. However, Jason persevered always seeking to change his life and change the lives of his community.Jason completed the Job Corps program in 2002- 2003. He started Job Corps because he was seeking direction in his life. While attending the Job Corps Business Technology Trade program, where he studied front desk operations, Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The staff recognized Ja-son’s work ethic and co – opted him as the Teaching Assistant who provided new orientation tours to visitors. Jason completed the Job Corps program, obtained his GED and received the valedictorian award.After completing the Job Corps program Jason relocated to Ohio and started his new career path. Utilizing the skills obtained from Job Corps Jason pursued his passion working within well-known restaurants such as Applebee’s and Subway working his way up to management.One single defining moment in Jason’s life, he decided to not let life’s circumstances dictate his success. Jason used the skills acquired in the Business Technology classes and created a PowerPoint presentation to apply for a bank loan. He was awarded the bank loan and started his own business.Jason is a proud owner of his very own food truck business —the White Flamingo. Jason plans on leaving a legacy for his children and will be opening a similar operation of the food truck business in New Jersey. He is committed to offering positions to those in society who like him wish to change their lives.