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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Perkins Center has 96% job placement rate
PRESTONSBURG Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center Director Deborah Burchell is pleased to announce the results of the center's 2002 calendar year performance, a period in which the center's accomplishments have been recognized nationally and have earned it a spot among the countries elite Job Corps centers.

During this period, 295 students completed a vocational skill training program, while 60 young adults obtained their General Equivalency Degrees. In addition, 85 students earned their high school diplomas at the center's newly established high school academy.

The Carl D. Perkins Academy was founded in November 2001 and offers Job Corps participants an opportunity to obtain their high school diploma, while training at the center. The Perkins Academy is fully accredited and is operated in partnership with the Paintsville Independent Schools System.

Steve Arms, the center's Career Development Services Director, is extremely pleased with the progress of the academy program and the opportunities it offers the students.

"We have a lot of young people who come into our program requiring a minimum number of credits to obtain their diplomas. This program offers them another chance to earn their high school diploma. We are very pleased with the success of the our high school academy, as well as our GED and vocational training programs," Arms said.

Calendar year 2002 also produced a job placement rate of 96% for the center's graduates, with an average starting wage of $8.59 an hour, one of the highest in the country. Graduates are placed in jobs, higher education, advanced training programs, or the military.

Burchell is proud of all the accomplishments of the Perkins' staff and students and is confident that calendar year 2003 will be even more successful.

"We are excited that the center is able to provide quality training programs for the young adults that we serve. Our co-enrollment program, which allows area youth the opportunity to receive the many benefits of the Job Corps program, while attending local vocational training centers, continues to grow and provide much needed financial assistance to the young adults of the Big Sandy region. In addition, we are modernizing our facilities and equipment as evidenced with the recent completion of two new vocational training buildings and the construction of a new male dormitory, scheduled to be completed in June of this year", Burchell noted.

The United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration has recognized the achievements and progress of Perkins as one of the top performing centers in the country. At the conclusion of calendar year 2002, the center's performance was ranked IOth out of 118 Job Corps centers nationally.

Any young adult, between the ages of 16-24, who is interested in participating in the Job Corps program, may contact the center at (606) 886-1037, 1-800-497-4001, or visit the center's web site at www.cdpjobcorps. com. The Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center is operated by Dynamic Educational Systems Inc. for the United States Department of Labor and all services are free of charge.

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