Jacksonville Job Corps Spotlight on Excellence

The Jacksonville Job Corps Center is proud to showcase their Faces of Success series.  This series is designed to showcase success stories of Jacksonville Job Corps graduates.  Student graduate from the program weekly, a formal graduation is typically held annually and due to COVID19, Job Corps was unable to showcase their graduates, ” the students are continuing to have great careers and be models of success,” said Center Director Joanne Manning.

Ms. Rivera Mew

This months spotlight is on: Ms. Rivera Mew who enrolled in the Jacksonville Job Corps Center on March 4, 2019,  “At 19 years old, I was doing everything to go in the wrong direction. I thought I knew everything about everything, but I figured out fairly quickly that I did not. I wanted to make a change in my life for myself and for my family, and Job Corps provided that opportunity. JC offered me free education and the ability to obtain many instrumental skills that would allow me to have a successful and prosperous career, as well as, in other aspects of my life it helped me manage my anger; it helped me manage learning how to continue to be professional, even when you want to be unprofessional sometimes and it definitely gave me an attitude adjustment!” said Mew. Ms. Mew had already attained her high school diploma and subsequently completed the Office Administration Career Technical Trade during her enrollment. Upon ordinary separation on March 9, 2020, Ms. Mew had already secured job training match employment. Her fortitude, ingenuity and acquired skills, permitted her to successfully and continuously maintain employment throughout the height of the unprecedented pandemic that viciously plagued our nation.

She utilized those skills to benefit the Center, as she served in various capacities throughout her enrollment. This year, the Center’s Business Community Liaison complimented Mew on her leadership skills, multi tasking, improved communication and interpersonal skills.  She also served as a Quad Leader and an integral member of the Female Accomplishment Creating Excellence Enterprise (FACE), a mentoring initiative for all female staff and students designed to focus upon female empowerment, supportive sisterhood and the emotional quotient through activities, such as vision boarding.

Ms. Rivera Mew is an exemplary example of why the Job Corps Program exists and has successfully sustained a more than 50 year history! The investment that Job Corps has made in her, has facilitated a substantial and undeniable return. This year, Ms. Mew returned to the Jacksonville Job Corps Center in the capacity of the Center’s Scheduling Clerk for the Academic Department. Her experience as a Job Corps student makes her an effective model, mentor and monitor of the Career Success Standards (CSS), who identifies with the successes and struggles of our student population as few others can. She serves as a powerful, positive and dynamic force that students and staff alike are drawn to. Ms. Mew’s ultimate goal is to obtain a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling and Youth Development.

Joann Manning Job Corps Center Directors continues to dote on Ms. Mew,  “Her infectious smile, personality, tenacity and ingenuity are definite assets to Job Corps Centers everywhere.”

Jacksonville Job Corps center trains about 425 students per year.  The young men and women study to become: carpenters, electricians, certified nurse assistants, office administrators, pharmacy, Computer and HVAC technicians and other professionals. The center’s top priority is to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and to help place them into meaningful careers.

Job Corps is a taxpayer-supported education and career technical training program administered by the United States Labor Department.  The program helps 16 to 24 year old men and women to improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. The Job Corps program serves about 60,000 students each year at 124 centers across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

As of June 22, 2022 the Jacksonville Job Corps Center has re-instated on center tours every Wednesday at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.

For an appointment call Ms. Tracy Moore at (904)360-8228

For more information on Jacksonville Job Corps Center – visit www.jacksonville.jobcorps.gov.

For more information on Heritage Services Corporation  – call: 877-300-8910


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