Woodstock Job Corps Center: Security Trade Works African American Heritage Festival
June 19th, 2010
On Saturday, June 19, 2010 Woodstock Job Corps Center’s Security Trade students provided VIP protection for some of the music industries biggest names. Patti Labelle and Fantasia Burrino headlined the African American Heritage Festival at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. Marsha Ambosius (formerly of Floetry) and Leela James also appeared as Woodstock’s Security students patrolled the backstage area with all access. Our students were praised for their professionalism and outstanding appearance, and were tasked with access control at the entrances and crowd control during the artist’s performances. Throughout the day Woodstock students rose to the occasion as they were first responders to a medical emergency where a patron had an epileptic seizure and the Baltimore City Police Dept. celebrated them for locating an 11-year-old girl who was separated from her mother amongst the 10,000 plus crowd. The highlight of the experience was meeting celebrities and being posted at the foot of the stage as Fantasia “Rocked The House!” After her performance, Fantasia, exhausted, collapsed into the arms of Security student Daryl Cornish and asked him to escort her to her car. The night ended with an interview from entertainment talk show “Keeping It Real,” who found the story of our Center and students fascinating to say the least. This opportunity was given to our Center by the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office, the African American Heritage Festival committee and partners, Absolute Security LLC and the Baltimore City Police Department. It is an experience that Woodstock’s Security students will never forget. The Security trade has already been assured that this will be a partnership that will continue through the Mayor’s Office and they have already been asked to work Artscape, the region’s premier celebration of the arts, in Baltimore in July. Fantastic job Security students on a job well done!