Youth leadership training at federal Job Corps in Milwaukee focuses on building personal power
JUNE 23, 2011 MILWAUKEE, WI – Understanding the fundamentals of success and having the ability to grow personal power were some of the key points taught to 130 young adults today at the Milwaukee Job Corps facility, 6665 N. 60th St.
The daylong training program was presented to students to build and strengthen leadership qualities. Job Corps students, ages 16-24, live on campus, and receive academic and vocational training as part of their education.
The program was presented by Chuck Zamora, an internationally recognized educational and corporate trainer who has taught his “Tools of Life” program to 90,000 students in the U.S. and Australia.
“Never be in pursuit of average, because you’re not,” Zamora said in his opening remarks. “I’m here to help you learn that.”
The focus of the program particularly resonated with the mission of Job Corps, to strengthen life skills such as confidence, goal setting and verbal skills.
“This is one of the training opportunities that is going to help our students be successful, because verbal and communication skills are necessary for employment, no matter the trade,” said Wilfredo Vigil, business community liaison for the Milwaukee Job Corps center.
Students who participated in the program said the session encouraged them to take control of the direction of their lives.
“One of the big things I learned is to not let negative people get in the way,” said Monique Valentine, a 21-year-old from Bay View who has been enrolled in Job Corps and living on campus since April.
“Negative people won’t get in my way,” she added, “But I can still work with them, though.”
Job Corps, a federal program that is run through the U.S. Department of Labor, has 125 locations nationwide and serves 60,000 students nationally. Locally, a total of 300 students are enrolled in trade programs that range from materials handling, manufacturing technology, welding, cement masonry, HVAC and health trades.
For more information about Milwaukee’s Job Corps, which is open to youth ages 16-24 who meet federal poverty guidelines, call (414) 616-5700 or visit Milwaukee.jobcorps.gov. For information about Zamora’s array of educational programs, visit www.vistelar.com.