August 23, 2013
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — After words of encouragement from the state’s second in command, 220 Talking Leaves Job Corps students walked across stage to graduate Friday at Sequoyah Schools’ The Play Where They Play.
“Don’t be afraid to try something or to fail; be afraid not to try,” Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb told students during the commencement address. “Fifty years from now, sixty years from now or seventy years from now, don’t look back and say ‘I wish’ or ‘I regret.’ Instead, have courage.”
Job Corps is a no-cost education and career training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve their quality of life by teaching career skills. Since opening its doors in 1978, thousands of students graduated the program with a certification to pursue jobs or higher education opportunities.
Friday’s graduates completed certification programs in several fields, including business office technology, culinary arts, certified clinical medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, electrical wiring, facilities and a high school diploma or GED.
“Job Corps is a really great program. It gets you on track even if you aren’t sure what you’re going to do yet,” said Sarah Birley, who graduated with a certificate in culinary arts.
Talking Leaves Job Corps is under the umbrella of the Dallas Regional Office of Job Corps and is locally operated by the Cherokee Nation. For more information, visit http://talkingleaves.jobcorps.gov/home.aspx.