Tongue Point Job Corps students recently joined Job Corps students from around the country at the "Partners in Leadership" conference in Washington, D.C.

Students spent a week gaining skills in leadership and communication from center directors and corporate staff, networking with other students and learning about the legislative process. The students met with Grace Kilbane, recently appointed national director of Job Corps.

Tara Harper, Michael Gardner, Tariku Sahele and Herb San Nicolas represented Tongue Point. One highlight was a visit to the offices of North Coast elected officials. The students met with legislative staffers and aides to discuss the Job Corps program, learn more about the workings in congressional offices and tried their hand at lobbying.

Sahele placed fifth in a national speech contest with a speech on "How Job Corps Changed My Life." The emotional talk detailed hardships Sahele experienced growing up in Ethiopia, coming to America and his struggles and successes at Job Corps.

Anne Brown, student activities coordinator, accompanied the students.

"This was an experience these students will not soon forget," Brown said. "They were deeply impressed with our nation's capital and moved by the memorials honoring men and women who sacrificed for freedom, and awed by the beautiful buildings where many of our most honored citizens once walked."

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