PRESTONSBURG – The Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center is inviting local officials, neighbors and graduates to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Job Corps program. The celebration kicks off with a balloon launch Aug. 18, at 8:45 a.m., at the center.
Started in 1964 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, the program provides career technical training and education for low-income young people ages 16 through 24. Since opening the first of what would become 125 centers, the program has trained more than 2.7 million young people.
Celebration events for the public to attend at the Perkins Center begin Tuesday, Aug. 19, from noon to 3 p.m., when the center will host a Community Relations Meeting and Open House. On Wednesday, Aug. 20, there will be a Perkins reunion for former students and former Center Directors. On Thursday, Aug. 21, there will be a center-wide celebration, displaying the history of the Job Corps program, with special classroom projects being displayed. Finally, on Friday, Aug. 22, beginning at 2 p.m., the Perkins center will join the other 124 Job Corps Centers across the nation with National Commencement Day.
“The staff and students are all very excited to be able to show off the skills they have learned at Job Corps,” said Center Director Thomas Rainey. “It is also important that we provide an opportunity to show the community all the great things that are going on at our center.”
Job Corps provides hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas ranging from automotive and machine repair to information technology and renewable resources. The programs are aligned with industry credentials and include work-based learning.
Career training areas at Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center include: Carpentry, Electrical, Facilities Maintenance, Culinary, Office Administration and Security & Protective Services.
Job Corps is the nation’s largest and oldest federally funded career training and education program. It enrolls nearly 60,000 students annually at 125 Job Corps centers across the country. For more information about the program, call (800) 733-JOBS or visit www.recruiting.jobcorps.gov.