For almost 60 years, Edison Job Corps has been preparing the next generation workforce through its tuition-free education and vocational training program.
Job Corps is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and works to help low-income young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training.
“We are committed to offering all students a safe environment where they can take advantage of the resources provided,” said Nitya LeoGrande, services director for outreach/admissions & career transition services. “We provide students with training and the structure they need to prepare for a job.”
The Edison center, located at 500 Plainfield Ave., resembles a small college campus and offers hands-on training in information technology, construction, healthcare, hospitality, automotive repair, business and finance. Program lengths vary from eight months to up to two years.
The center has a thriving campus culture with a cafeteria, wellness center, recreation area and student organizations. Students are provided with housing, meals, and basic medical care.
“I really believe in this program. If you have a little determination and courage, we can get you the rest of the way to a great career,” LeoGrande said. “Students see the benefits of being routine and organized.”
Members of the culinary arts program recently attended the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce’s Largest Networking Party (LNP) in September with some mouthwatering food from the center’s gourmet cafe, Aloe.
“Job Corps is a long-standing member of the Chamber and a great partner,” said MCRCC President Lina Llona. “The food was delicious and the students were friendly and welcoming at the LNP. Everyone was very impressed!”
Learn more at https://edison.jobcorps.gov.