Success Stories

The following are only a few of the many success stories of Iroquois Job Corps. These graduates' stories are proof that Job Corps can start you on the path to success.


The student employees at the Iroquois Job Corps Center enter the program with goals of obtaining one of the "3E"s – employment, enlistment in the military, or enrollment in further education. For one of our student employees, her goal of obtaining employment came to fruition before she even left our center.

Gettis had set goals early in the program to obtain a high school diploma and to obtain a certification as a nursing assistant. Gettis not only completed her initial goals, but took it further with additional career technical training and leadership responsibilities. Gettis enhanced her career skills by obtaining certifications in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator(AED), electrocardiogram (EKG), and customer service. She completed advanced leadership classes and held positions in the dormitory and in the Student Government Association. With her skills and attributes, it was easy to say that Gettis was going places.

Gettis applied to work while enrolled at the Iroquois Job Corps Center through the center's Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. Gettis obtained full-time employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Gettis loved her role as a CNA caring for the residents and building relationships. She talked very highly of the teamwork atmosphere and her supportive supervisors.

Her supervisor said, "Gettis came as a new CNA. I remember Gettis, on the first day of orientation, so attentive, asking questions, and truly determined to become a good employee. Gettis completed her orientation period, and all of her reports from her mentor and unit nurse were excellent. Gettis is always on time to work and has a terrific attitude with the residents. She truly comes to work ready to assist our residents with their daily needs. Gettis shows a positive attitude and a willingness to learn more about her position as a CNA and has proven to be an asset."

Gettis' success can be attributed to her determination and hard work to obtain her goals.

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Andrew grew up wanting to be a sailor in the United States Navy. When the traditional school system wasn't able to accommodate his needs, he thought his childhood dreams would never become a reality. So when he heard about the Job Corps program and the opportunity to get his GED along with 675 trade hours that would enable him to qualify to enlist with the Navy, he couldn't wait to sign up.

When Andy came to Iroquois Job Corps Center, he immediately began working on obtaining his GED and his Brick Masonry certificate. He also worked closely with the U.S. Navy recruiting officer. As part of the recruitment process, Andy was required to leave the center each week and participate in the Delayed Entry Program of the Navy. Andy told everyone who would listen what a great opportunity the Navy was and actually recruited four others to enlist as Sailors.

Andy took his GED exam and passed it. He was on his way! Then Andy completed the requirements of the Brick Masonry trade and had enough hours to enlist. There was only one problem: he was born in another country and couldn't locate his original birth certificate.

Andy worked with center staff to obtain the documentation he needed, and finally, his dream came true. He was off to Boot Camp. Since he had recruited four others to enlist, he went in as an E-1. Andy joined the U.S. Navy and is now another Iroquois Job Corps success story who is proudly serving his country!

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Brittany came to Iroquois Job Corps Center when she was just 17 years old. She was a very polite and respectful young lady. Because of her age, Brittany had to wait six months to take the GED exam. Since she wasn't sure what career technical training she was interested in taking, she explored Carpentry, Medical Office Support, and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) before deciding she wanted to pursue something in the medical field.

Brittany decided to take CNA as it fit well with her long term goals of becoming a License Practical Nurse (LPN). Brittany entered the CNA training program and worked very hard to achieve her New York State certification. She excelled at her clinicals and was well liked by all her patients.

It was now time to prepare for the GED exam. She was always on time to class and was very determined to do her best. Brittany received many positives for volunteering for extra duties. She took the GED exam and passed!

Brittany then signed up for Work-Based Learning (WBL) as it was her desire to relocate to the Medina, New York, area. She started work as a CNA and began to prepare for her transition to independent living. She then saved enough money to get her own apartment when she left Iroquois Job Corps.

During a recent employment evaluation, Brittany's employer had nothing but kudos for her performance. They said Brittany has perfect attendance, a wonderful attitude, and a great work ethic.

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Page last updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014