Life looks different at
Tongue Point Job Corps

Joshua Bessex/The Daily AstorianBalloons float in the background during the graduation ceremony.

The unrelenting ethic is about results.

Graduation at the Tongue Point Job Corps Center is an emotionally charged event. The day marks completion of a demanding program that’s aimed at equipping a group of young people for entry into the economy.

Seeing these young men and women walk to receive their diplomas is a reminder not to take one’s good fortune for granted. One of last week’s graduates was Gabriel Chavez, whose life story of setback after setback was described by Edward Stratton. Of his Job Corps experience, Chavez told Stratton: “I thought I would fail, because nothing good ever happened in my life.”

Imagine the challenge facing Thamar Baker, a refugee of the Haitian earthquake who came to Colville, Washington, speaking only French and Creole. Baker learned English and graduated from high school with her contemporaries.

The unrelenting Job Corps ethic is about results. Students must master professional skills and attain social skills. The center itself is measured on outcomes. The Tongue Point Center ranks sixth out of 127 centers in the job placement of its graduates.

Job Corps is one of the best training programs the federal government has fostered. Fifty years on, the Tongue Point Job Corps Center delivers tangible results of which we can be proud.

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