I appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given to be a student at Job Corps because it has opened new and exciting doors for my future.
If you’ve paid a visit to the Lakewood Ranger District office lately, it’s likely you’ve been greeted by Holly Moore, who is working for the Forest Service as a full-time Information Receptionist. She was hired under the Student Temporary Employment Program. She is also a student at the Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center where she enrolled in the Business Technology training program.
"It’s a pleasure to have Holly here," said Dale Harrison, her supervisor, "She’s a smart young woman, a quick learner, and is pleasant and respectable to the many visitors who stop in or call the District office."
Holly came to Blackwell approximately one year ago. She was familiar with Job Corps and was looking to enhance her skills and become more employable, so she first called the Job Corps phone line (800-733-JOBS) and indicated an interest in attending a Job Corps center in her home state of Wisconsin. She had been living in Milwaukee and was also a student at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena.
After meeting with a recruiter and supplying qualifying information such as transcripts and letters of recommendation, she was accepted into the program at Blackwell.
"Coming to Blackwell was an excellent way for me to learn structure and discipline and get away from the city and its distractions. I appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given to be a student at Job Corps because it has opened new and exciting doors for my future," she said. According to Center Director Jay Lowe, "Holly is an exemplary example of a student who has truly benefited from all that the Job Corps program has to offer young men and women."
At Blackwell, Holly belongs to the Intergroup Relations Committee, helping to organize events for the Center such as a Veteran’s Day recognition ceremony. She also volunteered for Make a Difference Day which included arts and crafts projects with local schools and daycare centers and raking yards for elderly and disabled citizens. She enjoys reading, playing dominoes, bike riding, and participating in pool tournaments at the center.
"We will continue building our partnership and connection with the Forest Service as we give students the opportunity to develop skills that are a good fit for the agency. Holly’s appointment to a position at the Lakewood office is a great start," said Lowe.