Job Corps Is Changing Lives
Referred to as the Department of Labor’s “best kept secret,” we set out to learn more about UBC National Job Corps. To see the program in action, we traveled to the Angell campus in coastal Yachats, Oregon to spend time with brother Jimmy Jones, sister Tissi Snelson, and their students.
JIMMY JONES, PRESIDENT LU 271
“Job Corps is the best kept secret in the UBC. Every chance I get, I share it. It is such a tremendous opportunity for our disadvantaged youth. Giving back to the culture that we come from, giving back to the community. Giving a kid a chance at a life we had. They wouldn’t have the opportunity, without this program.”
TISSI SNELSON, LU 1503
“I want people to know about Job Corps. If there is someone in your community or circle, that is struggling – there is an option to get training in a trade, a driver’s license, and a diploma. It is a beautiful secret that has been around for over 50 years. It is here to serve.”
ANGELL JOB CORPS CARPENTRY STUDENTS
Kayla Hodge is motivated to get into the union, she was impressed by the camaraderie she witnessed at LU 271. “Coming to Job Corps changes lives. This program gave me an option not normally available for someone in my position. I think it is important for people to see that they can go from nowhere to somewhere.
Adam Aumiller knows that he wants to join LU 271, build concrete forms, and be a part of the Brotherhood. “It’s hard work, but I’m ready,” said Aumiller. “This program has taken me off the streets and given me hope for a better life. I can change my stars.”
Cedrik Blauser is the foreman at Job Corps busy shop. He wants to get into the drywall apprenticeship and become a member of LU 146. “Before I came to Job Corps I had dropped out of high school,” said Blauser. “I feel like I’ve conquered mountains since then. I’m close to my family, and I want to be there for them.
Damyn Stell looks forward to creating a new life for himself after Job Corps and someday building a home with his own two hands. “I’ve gotten my high school diploma and driver’s license while I’ve been here,” said Stell. “I have better communication skills and the confidence I can take care of myself when I leave here.”
Golden Lappin says that botany is her first love. But the carpentry program at Job Corps has given her confidence. “I will never be unemployed when I have a skill in carpentry,” she said. “Even though Job Corps has a set learning program, when they found out I was interested in botany, they helped me find a way to get into the field.”
Justin Rowberry says his mom, herself a Job Corps graduate, encouraged him to go to Job Corps. He has an interest in woodworking and cabinet making. “Job Corps has taught me how to live on my own,” said Rowberry. “I see my independence at the end of the line and a wider variety of possibilities to go for.”