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Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez

Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:12 PMSTORIES

Job Corps' motto is "Success Lasts a Lifetime" and nowhere is this more evident than in the story of Idaho Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sergio Gutierrez, who received his GED and studied carpentry at the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in the early 1970s.

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Sergio crossed the border with his family and settled in Stockton, California. His father struggled to make ends meet for his six children on field workers’ wages and his mother suffered from crippling mental illness. To ease their burden, Sergio, then four years old, and one of his sisters moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, to live with their loving grandmother in a leaky, hole-covered house that he remembers as barely habitable. Despite this poverty and hardship, Sergio was inspired by his grandmother’s wisdom and promised her that he would make something of himself.

When Gutierrez was 12, his beloved grandmother died, and he moved back to Stockton with his mother, his farm worker stepfather, and 12 other siblings. Scraping by in these conditions proved to be too much for the young man. He dropped out of high school after finishing 9th grade and fell in with a crowd of older boys that he admits were hoodlums.

Often homeless and frustrated with barely getting by on menial jobs, Sergio went to an employment office where he met a woman who recommended the Job Corps program to him. Resolving to fulfill his promise to his grandmother, he enrolled that day. This was when his new life began.

At 16, Sergio began attending the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in Oregon. The structure, support, and serenity of the center "gave me an affirmation that I could do something with my life." Sergio quickly became a leader among the students and graduated with carpentry skills and a GED.

Transformed by his experiences at Wolf Creek, Sergio went on to earn both an undergraduate and a law degree, practiced law, and was appointed to the Idaho Court of Appeals in 2002.

Judge Gutierrez attributes his success to the Job Corps program. "I was not going down the right path, and the program literally saved my life," he said. “My life turned around when I enrolled in the Wolf Creek Job Corp Center in Glide, Oregon. Job Corps saved my life. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings Law School. But I am most proud of the GED that I attained at Wolf Creek because it represented a new start in my life.”

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Monique Williams Jordan

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:11 PMSTORIES

With a pinch of passion, a sprinkle of creativity and a generous amount of determination, "Chef Moe," Monique Williams, has turned her culinary aspirations into a recipe for success.

Her journey began as a culinary arts student at Woodstock Job Corps Center in Maryland - the same school where she landed her first job. After several years of teaching and inspiring other young chefs, Williams became the first former Job Corps student to become an advanced instructor at Anne Arundel Community College’s hands-on culinary program.

Chef Moe was recognized during the 45th Anniversary of Job Corps celebration and later joined her Woodland Job Corps Center culinary students to cook with Chef Robert Irvine from the Food Network show Dinner: Impossible. "The opportunity to make a life-changing difference in the lives of other young people is very special to me, and I will forever be grateful to Job Corps for giving me that," said Williams.

Chef Moe’s work in the kitchen is truly inspired, but it’s her gift for inspiring others to achieve independence and success, no matter where they come from, that has the power to change the world. We can’t wait to see what she cooks up next.

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Troy Carter

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:09 PMSTORIES

Like many Job Corps graduates, Troy Carter began his life in a low-income neighborhood with nothing but a dream of music industry success and a drive to make it happen. After struggling to balance his education with a budding music career, Carter enrolled in the former Chesapeake Job Corps Center in Port Deposit, Maryland in 1990.

Carter quickly graduated from Job Corps with a GED. Saying the program "helped me experience independence for the first time,” Carter applied his new skills and perspective with renewed focus to his music industry ambitions.

Today he is the CEO of Coalition Media Group, a successful Beverly Hills, California, artist management and digital marketing company. He has worked closely with superstars like Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Will Smith, Eve, Nelly, and Lady Gaga.

Carter says America needs institutions like Job Corps because building leaders "starts in school" with students who "don’t stop dreaming and work hard.” He is living proof that, if just given the opportunity, tomorrow’s leader could be anyone, even an ambitious young dreamer from West Philadelphia.

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Kyle Decker

Published: June 05, 2008 | 10:28 AM

I attended the Clearfield Job Corps program from April 18, 1995 to December 14, 1996.

I graduated as a completer of the Printing/Graphic Arts Program. I also completed 3 quarters at Salt Lake Community College. After leaving the program, I went back home to San Diego for a little while. I returned to Utah and entered Weber State University. I graduated from Weber State with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication in 2004. I then graduated from Salt Lake Community College in 2008 with an A.A.S. in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. I will begin working at Dixie Medical Center at the end of the month. I am very grateful for the opportunity Clearfield Job Corps provided me. It definitely was a springboard in life – just out of high school and getting my feet wet and learning life experiences.

My brother attended Job Corps in Montana. He was in the heavy equipment program. He loved it a lot and gained a lot of good experience.

Job Corps is a good opportunity and anybody who really applies themselves can make it at anything in life. I am grateful for the experiences I gained at Clearfield.

- Kyle Decker, 2008

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Brice Burke

Published: June 05, 2008 | 10:25 AM

Brice is originally from Washington State where he was raised by his mother, a single parent. He was bored in school and started using drugs as an escape. Brice Burke took it upon himself to enroll in Job Corps and get his life together and headed the right direction. After a six month wait and working as a cook for Arctic Circle, a warehouse worker for Brill, and miscellaneous odd jobs for Labor Ready, Bryce learned that he had been accepted as a resident student at Clearfield Job Corps in December of 2007.

Bryce first became interested in pursuing a career in masonry while working as a HOD Tender for Rocky Mountain Masonry back in April of 2007 and subsequently chose Masonry/Bricklaying as his chosen trade at Job Corps. Bryce gives praise to his instructor, “He is awesome and wants only the best for his students.”

Brice feels that the best part of Job Corps is the quality and diversity of trade programs that are offered and the willingness of the staff to meet the needs of every single student.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he feels it everyone’s responsibility to set a good example for all of the students at Job Corps and help them to learn and grow by that example.

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Anita Anfo

Published: June 05, 2008 | 10:19 AM

At twenty-two, Anita Anfo left her job in Los Angeles California to attend Clearfield Job Corps. She decided she wanted to do more with her life than her job had to offer her. It just wasn’t going to take her down the road she wanted to take.

Anita was admitted to Job Corps on August 17th, 2007, finished her five weeks in Career Prep, and finished her work in Health Occupations roughly a month later. She then began working on her High School diploma and got a part time job while going to school. “Having a positive attitude and applying the workplace ethics that she learned in Career Prep” helped her to not only be effective on the job but in school as well. Attributing it as well to earning her a college scholarship.

Anita graduated from Clearfield Job Corps as a Full Program Completer on May 22, 2008. She plans on continuing her education and using her scholarship to the best of her ability over the next four years to “Achieve everything that I can.”

When asked what she thought the best lesson that Job Corps had helped her to realize or learn. She summarized the answer with “Keeping a positive attitude and respect for those you work and learn with”.

Ms. Anfo wants to share from her experience at Job Corps and let other students know that “It is never too late to make things right, Always look forward to your future as the past is in the past and there’s no room for excuses, all you need to do is make an effort to succeed.”

The staff here at Clearfield Job Corps wishes Ms. Anfo all the best in her future and looks forward to hearing from her as she progresses through her continuing education and life.

If you know of a student at Clearfield Job Corps that exemplifies the goals of the program, their trade or has made an exceptional effort in any area that should be praised, please contact Corbin Cook at (801) 416-4381 or via e-mail at cook.corbin@jobcorps.org

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Josiah Moore

Published: June 05, 2017 | 10:33 AM

Tired of bouncing from one job to the next and tired of the effect that it had on his living situation and life in general, Josiah Moore came to Clearfield Job Corps from Denver, Colorado at the age of twenty. He had friends that were successful at Job Corps, and Josiah decided to research the Job Corps program. He made the decision to “change my situation, my attitude, and my life!”

In his second week on campus, he was appointed to an important student leadership position - Independent Living Dorm officer. Shortly after he was elected Vice President.

Josiah chose to pursue a trade in the electrical field while waiting for the results of his G.E.D. He had high enough scores to choose any trade he wished. Suggesting that he may wish to attend training in Composites, off-campus for about six months. Mr. Moore completed the six-month Composites program in roughly seven weeks and quotes his promise to himself “to do well and commit to success” as most influential in doing so.

Josiah feels that of the many benefits afforded him by Job Corps, his life has been affected most by learning to understand his own potential and self-worth and finding out where he wanted to take his life. “It’s all a matter of what you want to get out of the program, just as it is in life!”

Josiah graduated as a full program completer on May 22, 2008. Mr. Moore’s plans after leaving Job Corps include obtaining all 6 EMT/Paramedic certifications for becoming an Airlife LRN, as well as using his composites training to start a custom long board business in his hometown. He also wants to spend more time with his family and friends.

As of 2017, Josiah has risen through the ranks at Centura Health, starting out as a Support Specialist and working today as a Monitor Tech/Unit Coordinator. We are very proud of how far he has come since graduating from Job Corps and can't wait to see where he goes next.

Mr. Moore offers these words of advice for his peers and those thinking of joining Job Corps: “If you want something, set your mind and heart to completing and achieving it to the best of your ability and nothing will sway you! You will surprise even yourself!”

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Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:12 PMSTORIES

Job Corps' motto is "Success Lasts a Lifetime" and nowhere is this more evident than in the story of Idaho Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sergio Gutierrez, who received his GED and studied carpentry at the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in the early 1970s.

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Sergio crossed the border with his family and settled in Stockton, California. His father struggled to make ends meet for his six children on field workers’ wages and his mother suffered from crippling mental illness. To ease their burden, Sergio, then four years old, and one of his sisters moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, to live with their loving grandmother in a leaky, hole-covered house that he remembers as barely habitable. Despite this poverty and hardship, Sergio was inspired by his grandmother’s wisdom and promised her that he would make something of himself.

When Gutierrez was 12, his beloved grandmother died, and he moved back to Stockton with his mother, his farm worker stepfather, and 12 other siblings. Scraping by in these conditions proved to be too much for the young man. He dropped out of high school after finishing 9th grade and fell in with a crowd of older boys that he admits were hoodlums.

Often homeless and frustrated with barely getting by on menial jobs, Sergio went to an employment office where he met a woman who recommended the Job Corps program to him. Resolving to fulfill his promise to his grandmother, he enrolled that day. This was when his new life began.

At 16, Sergio began attending the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in Oregon. The structure, support, and serenity of the center "gave me an affirmation that I could do something with my life." Sergio quickly became a leader among the students and graduated with carpentry skills and a GED.

Transformed by his experiences at Wolf Creek, Sergio went on to earn both an undergraduate and a law degree, practiced law, and was appointed to the Idaho Court of Appeals in 2002.

Judge Gutierrez attributes his success to the Job Corps program. "I was not going down the right path, and the program literally saved my life," he said. “My life turned around when I enrolled in the Wolf Creek Job Corp Center in Glide, Oregon. Job Corps saved my life. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings Law School. But I am most proud of the GED that I attained at Wolf Creek because it represented a new start in my life.”

Read More

Troy Carter

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:09 PMSTORIES

Like many Job Corps graduates, Troy Carter began his life in a low-income neighborhood with nothing but a dream of music industry success and a drive to make it happen. After struggling to balance his education with a budding music career, Carter enrolled in the former Chesapeake Job Corps Center in Port Deposit, Maryland in 1990.

Carter quickly graduated from Job Corps with a GED. Saying the program "helped me experience independence for the first time,” Carter applied his new skills and perspective with renewed focus to his music industry ambitions.

Today he is the CEO of Coalition Media Group, a successful Beverly Hills, California, artist management and digital marketing company. He has worked closely with superstars like Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Will Smith, Eve, Nelly, and Lady Gaga.

Carter says America needs institutions like Job Corps because building leaders "starts in school" with students who "don’t stop dreaming and work hard.” He is living proof that, if just given the opportunity, tomorrow’s leader could be anyone, even an ambitious young dreamer from West Philadelphia.

Read More

Monique Williams Jordan

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:11 PMSTORIES

With a pinch of passion, a sprinkle of creativity and a generous amount of determination, "Chef Moe," Monique Williams, has turned her culinary aspirations into a recipe for success.

Her journey began as a culinary arts student at Woodstock Job Corps Center in Maryland - the same school where she landed her first job. After several years of teaching and inspiring other young chefs, Williams became the first former Job Corps student to become an advanced instructor at Anne Arundel Community College’s hands-on culinary program.

Chef Moe was recognized during the 45th Anniversary of Job Corps celebration and later joined her Woodland Job Corps Center culinary students to cook with Chef Robert Irvine from the Food Network show Dinner: Impossible. "The opportunity to make a life-changing difference in the lives of other young people is very special to me, and I will forever be grateful to Job Corps for giving me that," said Williams.

Chef Moe’s work in the kitchen is truly inspired, but it’s her gift for inspiring others to achieve independence and success, no matter where they come from, that has the power to change the world. We can’t wait to see what she cooks up next.

Read More