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Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez

Center Spotlight: Pittsburgh Job Corps Center

Published: July 08, 2010 | 1:48 PM

More than 60 Pittsburgh Job Corps Center students received valuable hands-on training during the construction of a 62foot wind turbine that will provide clean power for the center.

The turbine was completed on campus in mid-May with students involved in the process from start to finish. Facilities Maintenance students built forms and poured the concrete for its 8-foot hexagon base, while Advanced Manufacturing students installed the reinforcement bars. The Electrical students learned to set up all of the turbine's electrical wiring.

"The wind turbine has been a great training tool for our students," said Mark Lawecki, Career Technical Skills Training (CTST) and Green Training Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center. "They are understanding the new green terminology and how to construct a wind turbine from the ground up. We're seeing more and more of this technology in Pennsylvania and across the country, so our students' knowledge in these areas will help prepare them to fill jobs in these emerging green markets."

The wind turbine will continue to serve as an ongoing training tool, with Electrical students closely monitoring its energy usage over time. The center's goal is to have the wind turbine and another ARRA-funded project – the photovoltaic solar panels – produce more energy than what is consumed by its greenhouse on campus. The turbine currently generates 2,400 kilowatts of energy with 20-mph winds.

Students at the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center are also involved in several other ARRA-funded projects on campus, including collecting cooking oil for conversion to biodiesel fuel and designing a large solar-powered barrel tumbler for composting.

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Pittsburgh Job Corps Center provides graduates with green-collar experience

Published: February 09, 2010 | 12:05 PM

Pittsburgh Job Corps Center is moving full steam ahead on a number of green initiatives made possible by ARRA funding, with an emphasis on involving as many of its training areas as possible.

Students at the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center are hard at work on a fully functional greenhouse that will involve almost every training area on center. The greenhouse will be disassembled at its current location, the local Veterans Health Administration facility, and then transported and reassembled on center. Students in the facilities maintenance, manufacturing technology, and heavy equipment operations career training areas will take part in this process.

The new 1,200-square-foot greenhouse will have space allotted for culinary arts students to grow vegetables and certified nursing assistant program students to grow homeopathic herbs. The greenhouse will also allow students to grow plants for the center's partnership with the City of Pittsburgh's Urban Farm project, which develops gardens at different locations throughout the city.

The center will save energy by installing LED light bulbs in the greenhouse, and its temperature will be controlled with energy provided by solar panels, which will also be installed by students.

"At the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center, we are committed to becoming a leader in green technology and preparing our graduates for 'green-collar' careers," said Mark Lawecki, career technical skills training and green projects coordinator. "Our goal is to involve every instructor, teacher, counselor and student in creating a green center culture."

More than $250 million in ARRA funding has helped to implement green center initiatives and construction projects on campuses across the country. Other green projects that the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center will be using ARRA funds to complete include:

  • Composting: The Pittsburgh Job Corps Center will begin composting office, center and greenhouse waste this spring. Students in the advanced manufacturing training area will build the motor and the barrel for the composting project. Energy for the motor will come from solar panels, and office administration students will be able to analyze the composting project as if it were a small business to calculate the cost of beginning the project and determining the center’s return on investment.
  • Water Reclamation: The center will collect rainwater from the roof of the gymnasium to water plants in the greenhouse.
  • Cooking Oil Conversion: The center now has the capacity to convert used cooking oil from the cafeteria to biodiesel fuel by a process known as transesterification. This biodiesel fuel will be used in machinery for the ground maintenance and heavy equipment crews.
  • Solar Panels: Students in the electrical and heavy equipment operations training areas will assist in the installation of solar panels that will provide electricity to heat and cool the greenhouse on center. These panels will also provide the energy that will power the motor for composting.
  • Wind Turbine: The center will boast a 2.4-kilowatt wind turbine that is slated to be functional by April. The heavy equipment operations students will also assist in the installation of the wind turbine.

While many career training areas will be involved with the installation of the new green projects on center, the computer networking/Cisco students will be able to monitor the amount of energy used on center and the amount of power generated by this new technology. They will be able to analyze how much energy the center uses with these new improvements and the ways in which they contribute to the center’s overall energy usage over time.

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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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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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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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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