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Job centers turn 45

By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was a special anniversary celebration, but it sounded more like a pep rally Wednesday morning on Albany's east side as America's Job Corps turned 45 years old.

Hundreds of students and staff members gathered in the gym to hear speeches and to give thanks to some Turner Job Corps Center employees who have been there since it opened 32 years ago.

The goal of Turner Job Corps is to help students who have had difficulty in a traditional school setting, or who need extra skills once they do get out of school. But the job center also gives back to the community and not just skilled employees that graduate from the programs there.

"Job Corps receives 20 million dollars annually every year just for the operation of the job corps program. And we spend almost all of our dollars in the local community," said Rose Ann Cook, Turner Job Corps Center.

Cook says that Turner Job Corps students also volunteer for thousands of hours of community service. She also says that Turner Job Corps is now embracing the latest technology so that graduates can be competitive in modern workplace.

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