Ashley Johnson says Job Corps gave her a chance to turn things around
Employees at Turner Job Corps say they will forge ahead
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Federal budget cuts freeze a program that helps troubled students become productive members of society and helps our area's economy. Job Corps Centers nationwide have been ordered to freeze enrollment.
That includes Albany's Turner Job Corps. Congressman Sanford Bishop and Senator Johnny Isakson are among the political leaders encouraging the Department of Labor to find other ways to cut spending.
Turner job corps has a $25 million economic impact on Albany but if they aren't able to enroll more students and they're asked to cut staff that will put our area in a bad situation. For some students, Turner Job Corps is their last hope, and an opportunity to make a better living.
"Unfortunately we are not accepting students at this time, we have received calls here where the students or potential students are crying on the phone," said Calandra Jefferson business and community.
The decision to freeze enrollment came down from the federal government because of a severe budget shortfall, but locals say the freeze will have a major impact on our economy. "I had given up on life; I had let everyone else run my life, my kids are my motivation, without them I wouldn't be here," said Ashley Johnson, enrolled in program.
When she picked up the phone and called Job Corps they gave her a chance to turn it around. "I was working the graveyard shift, trying to get them in daycare and that's why I came to Turner to turn everything around," said Johnson. Turner is one of only four Job Corps centers in the country that offers a program to help single mothers like Johnson.
"I want them to have a better life than I did I don't want them to struggle," said Johnson. Johnson along with all the other current students, will be able to complete their program and go off to work. Now they are hoping lawmakers can make a difference.
"We don't know if it is temporary, or if it's permanent, but if you are right if it is permanent then that's the end of Job Corps," said Jefferson. Employees at Turner Job Corps say they will forge ahead, helping students become successful employable members of society in hopes of getting the opportunity helping many more.