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Job Corps prepares students for success Tamika Jones and Samaj Ward have never met, yet they have much in common. Neither gradu- ated from high school and neither had a plan for their lives. But both wanted to accomplish something, and both enrolled in Job Corps. At Job Corps they both earned their GEDs. They both received job training that led to a good ca- reer. In addition, they both learned the kinds of working habits and life skills that are making them successful at an early age. "It was tough, but I knew it would be worth it," said Jones, 22, from Wa'shington, D.C. "Job Corps gave me a place to learn how to handle myself at work and outside of work, too." Job Corps is the nation's oldest and most successful job training program. It offers disadvantaged youth from ages 16 to 24 a safe place to take positive steps that lead to a GED, vocational training and a good job. The social skills students learn make a lasting dif- ference in their lives. Both Jones and Ward were en- rolled in Job Corps. Region III, which offers students a choice of : 18 centers in five states - Pennsyl- vania, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Kentucky - and the District of Columbia. There are programs for Spanish-speaking students and training to match al- most any career goal. Jones dropped out of high school in 1993 to have the first of her three children. She enrolled in computer training classes at a vo- cational school but found she wasn't qualified when she applied for jobs. In July 1997, Jones en- rolled at the Potomac Job Corps Center in Washington, D.C., and things quickly took a turn for the better. Ward, 22, was a veteran of the streets of Wilmington by the time he was in ninth grade. But if he thought the streets prepared him for life, he learned differently when he enrolled at Woodland Job Corps Center in Laurel, Md., about 20 miles from Baltimore. "Job Corps was my first time out on my own," Ward said. "It taught me how to be responsible and independent, and prepared me to go out in the work world." Ward now uses the business clerical skills he learned at Job Corps working as a document spe- cialist for Ikon. He also has a part- time clerical job at the Job Corps recruitment office in Wilmington, a job he took in order to help those entering the program. Giving back to the community is important to Job Corps. Throughout the year, Job Corps students help their communities with contributions of labor for good causes. "Before I got a job, I spent a lot of time talking to people at the Job Corps center and to people who were thinking about getting into the program," Ward said. "I found that telling them my story helped motivate them and showed them how Job Corps can make a differ- ence." After receiving her clerical de- gree from Job Corps, Jones is now working as an administrative as- sistant for Advantage Resource Group, a company which helps match Job Corps students with jobs. Jones says she especially likes helping young mothers Such as herself. "I've learned a lot more about day care, about housing and about taking care of things so you can get to work and do what,s best for yourself and your family," Jones said. "I help them get settled and get organized so they can concen- trate on getting a job and getting promotions." Getting a start in Job Corps has made it possible for both Jones and Ward to dream of even greater accomplishments. Jones hopes to enroll next spring at the University of District of Colum- bia, and begin studying to become a social worker. "I want to make a difference and support those who were in the same situation I was in before I entered Job Corps," she said. "Job Corps has made a big impact on my life, and now I want to pass that along to others." Ward is already saving money to attend Delaware State Universi- ty, where he will pursue a degree in business management and mar- keting. "What I tell my friends and others is that wherever you want to go, or whatever you want to do with your life, Job Corps is a stepping stone to getting there," Ward said. To learn more about Job Corps, call 800-762-7288. D & B Products lease changed D & B Products, which employs 48 people at a facility in the Sussex County Industrial Park in Georgetown, had its lease changed by Sussex County. County council, in action on Tuesday, Dec. 23, agreed to an ex- tension of an agreement with the company which otherwise would have penalized the company for failing to reach certain employment goals. Under the old lease, the company would be fined $5,000 for each em- ployee less than the agreed upon number. The company has fallen be- hind on employment because of a bad fire at its facility in Maryland. D & B Products manufactures braided fiberglass sleeves and similar equipment for Emerson Electric, General Electric, Texas Instruments and other companies. The bus!hess had expected to reach its goal of em- ploying 60 people by this year, but with the extension, will have an ex- tra three years to reach that goal. The agreement extends the timeline, waiving the cost of $5,000 per employee for not meeting that standard, CAPE GAZETTE, Thursday, December 24 - Detemlr 30, 1998 - 47 RBYCC Lovely contemporary home in the Rehoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club, This home has been beautifully landscaped. Features a great room with fire- place, formal dining room. Large screened porch in rear of home with cascading wood- lands adding privacy to this special property. Owner is a li- censed realtor in Delaware $279,500 (#27) SEA CHASE Introducing Rehoboth Beach's Newest Duplex De- . SEA CHASE. Mod- el. Units now under construc- tion. Model open Friday through Sunday, 11 - 4. Closed Wednesdlp/. Call for information (302) 227-9477 1-800-255-8200 Located just I mile behind Rehoboth Mall on Old Landing Rd. 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