Job Corps holds 61st graduation

December 4, 2010 • Local News

Roswell Job Corps graduate Marcella Johnson receives a hug from a fellow graduate during the program’s 61st commencement ceremony Friday at the ENMU-R Performing Arts Center. (Mark Wilson Photo)

Members of the Roswell Job Corps, community leaders, as well as family and friends, gave their best wishes and congratulations to the center’s 61st graduating class Friday.

“You have no [auth] idea how proud I am to be here today,” said Lavona Johnson, speaking to the audience during her graduate address. “Fortunately, I attended Job Corps,” she said. “As for those of you who are striving to graduate … this is just a start for a new future — take advantage (of it).”

The ceremony, which graduated 55 students, was held at Eastern New Mexico University- Roswell’s Performing Arts Center. “The main thing is getting the students where the jobs are and then getting them in the jobs,” said Shawn Murphy, director of the Roswell Job Corps Center. “We’re doing good.”

The event’s keynote speaker encouraged the young adults, who are preparing to move on to the next stage in their lives, to continue to challenge themselves. “Challenge yourself,” said Bob Donnell, executive director of the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. “Dare to dream. Dare to have hope.

You are, and will, make a difference.” Graduate Karen Vasquez was presented with the Chaves County Character Counts! Student of the Year Award during the event.

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