Long Beach Job Corp Graduates Students from 50th Anniversary Program

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Long Beach Job Corp 50th Anniversary

(Left to right) Mr. Roberto Uranga, 7th District City Council member, City of Long Beach, Ms. Lisa Odle, President/CEO of Odle Management, which operates the Long Beach Job Corps Center, graduate Scott Buck, graduate Royal Holmes, graduate Mario Osorio, Mr. Brian Daher, Department of Labor Regional Director, Ms. Mitra Vazeen, Center Director, graduate Taylor Moore, graduate Cristina Avalos, and Dr. Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach.

Long Beach Job Corps Center celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Job Corps Program on National Commencement Day on Friday. Local officials, employers, community leaders, graduates, and alumni attended the ceremony at Long Beach Job Corps Center.

The center hosted National Commencement Day, along with 124 centers across the country. Mayor Robert Garcia addressed the 100 graduates at Long Beach Job Corps Center as the program marked its 50th year. Mr. Roberto Uranga, City of Long Beach 7th District City Council Member also made remarks at the center, which is located in the district he represents. Mr. Eric Boyd, Deputy District Director of Congresswoman Janice Hahn’s office and Mr. Brian Daher, Department of Labor San Francisco Regional Director offered congratulatory remarks to the graduates.  

Started in 1964 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, Job Corps is the nation’s largest and oldest federally funded career technical training and education program. It enrolls nearly 60,000 students annually at 125 Job Corps Centers across the country. Since opening the first center, the program has trained more than 2.7 million young people.

“The Job Corps program is life-changing for students who come here. We are so proud of our students’ accomplishments as we celebrate the 50th anniversary,” said Mitra Vazeen, Center Director. “It is also important that we continue to support the Job Corps program so it can continue for another 50 years.”

Students from many parts of Southern California come to Long Beach Job Corps, including Cristina Avalos, who studied to become a Clinical Medical Assistant since starting the program in April 2012. Ms. Avalos, who completed the program and is working as a medical assistant, participated in graduation. Christina stated, “Job Corps is not only a school, but a stepping stone in building careers. Because of Job Corps, I have an amazing job that opened a lot of doors in the medical field.”

Job Corps provides hands-on training in career technical areas. The programs are aligned with industry credentials and include work-based learning. Long Beach Job Corps Center offerings include automotive technician, cement mason, facilities maintenance worker, glazier, industrial painter, clinical medical assistant, certified nurse assistant, medical office specialist, and pharmacy technician.

For more information about the program, call (800) 733-JOBS or visit www.longbeach.jobcorps.gov.

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