SHREVEPORT, LA (KMSS) — The Shreveport Job Corps program is celebrating 50 years of providing a pathway to life-long careers, and they continued to do just that through an open house featuring vendors from local businesses to recruit potential employees.
The center offers vocational training in a wide range of fields in addition to a high school program to earn a diploma.
The training all leads up to days like Thursday morning, so that the students can become part of the local economy.
"We like to think of ourselves as the program for at promise youth, because success is in everyone its just that we have to be able to bring it out, and that's one of the things that we focus on here at the Shreveport Job Corp Center," said Lionel Fraser, center director.
They don't just stop there. The students not only learn vocational skills, but they also take away life skills to prepare them for the world of work.
Tra'von Lewis has been a student at the center for over a year and said it's the hands-on training that helps him succeed the most within the program.
"Before I came here I really didn't know too much about speaking with people, communication, and doing hands-on training. Like being nervous as far as, okay I'm about to go to work, what should I do, or will he get mad if I mess up? Job Corp taught me a lot of that and the right things to say and how to do a resume the proper way. So they helped me out alot with my experience being here," said Lewis.
He said it's an experience that he won't ever forget as he finishes out his last two months.
"Job corp helps you out a lot. It is the center of choice," said Lewis.