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Marquis Wilson

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Stay focused. Even though things may get hard here, look towards the future and you will succeed.

Marquis Wilson, a 20-year-old from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Charleston Job Corps Center. He arrived in July 2011 with a high school diploma and completed the Network Cabling trade. Marquis has been accepted into the Carman Machinist Program at Gary Job Corps Center in San Marcos, Texas, for advanced training. After completing advanced training, he plans to work for CSX Railroad as a carman machinist.

Marquis was a member of Dorm Leadership and participated in the Recreation Department assisting for the art show and theme parties. Marquis mentioned that his aunt who passed away was instrumental in his motivation to continue his trade. When asked if there was someone or something that made a significant difference in his training at CJCC, he replied that "the staff was pretty encouraging for me to stay." He also stated residential advisors Tonya Maxwell and Berrinice Smith were helpful and that "whenever I had a lot of family problems back home, they talked me through it and encouraged me to continue my stay."

Marquis did work-based learning at West Virginia State University under the Communications Department working with lighting and sound to further develop his ability and skills for success. His words of wisdom to other students attending Job Corps are: "Stay focused. Even though things may get hard here, look towards the future and you will succeed."