Job Corps Makes A Difference

October 24, 2012 • Local News

Students from the Roswell Job Corps spent Monday and Tuesday cleaning up the Spring River Park & [auth] Zoo. Chaunte’l Powell Photo

If you happen to see slight improvements being made around the city this week, chances are they were made by the Roswell Job Corps. The center is partaking in their annual Make A Difference Day activities throughout the week.

This year, they have partnered with the city of Roswell and the American Legion to undertake various projects that help improve the community.
Job Corps kicked the week off Monday with Day 1 of its beautification project at the Spring River Park & Zoo.

Several students from the construction, protective services, painting, facility maintenance and electrical wiring trade programs were selected to help with the Zoo Project. The project, which includes raking leaves, trimming trees and pulling weeds will conclude today. Electrical wiring instructor, Josh Torres said it gives students a better understanding of what the maintenance crew at the park does on a daily basis, in addition to teaching them what it’s like to put in a full day’s work. JoAnn Lopez, WBL/ACT coordinator at the center, echoed his sentiments, but said the hard work hasn’t put a damper on the students’ attitudes.

“They understand what it takes,” she said. “They have enjoyed it so much. They have hit it 110 percent.”

She added that the projects go hand in hand with the training they receive at Job Corps.

“Community service is a critical part of the Job Corps experience which focuses on comprehensive academic, vocational and social skills training,” she said. “Service allows students to give back to their community, practice what they have learned in Job Corps and build self-esteem, teamwork, and leadership skills.”

Also on the agenda for this week, students will re-stripe the parking lot at the American Legion, tutor elementary school students and visit and participate in events at several nursing homes. Lopez added that if there is anyone in the community who has a project idea in mind, they should not hesitate to contact her.

On Oct. 27, the Roswell Job Corps Center will join an estimated 3 million people in participating simultaneously in Make A Difference Day activities nationwide. Last year, 11,598 Job Corps students and staff across the United States participated in Make A Difference Day projects.

Lopez said the center is proud to be a part of Make A Difference Day for the 13th year in a row.

Torres said he is thankful to the city for the opportunity to work with them and he’s proud of the students for rising to the occasion and accomplishing the tasks put before them. He added that no matter who they partner with or what tasks they undertake, the goal will always remain the same.

“The essence of this Make A Difference day is, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the same thing every day, but just going out in the community and making a difference,” he said.

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