Job Corps
Student Story

Patrick Shaw

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No matter how many times you fall down, as long as you pick yourself back up again, you will always end up a winner in the end.

Patrick Shaw came to the Cleveland Job Corps Center (CJCC) in June of 2014. He graduated from Jackson High School in 2013. After graduation, Shaw worked part-time at a pizza shop until he came to the realization that this would not provide him the career growth he was looking for. He wanted to be able to support himself in a career that would provide growth, and earn a wage that would provide him a comfortable lifestyle. One of Shaw’s goals is to one day own a home. With his mother working full time, Shaw wasn’t able to practice driving as much as he wanted and was unable to obtain his license. Shaw felt that he would need a driver’s license to secure a good job.

Shaw heard from a friend that Job Corps is a great place to acquire the things he was looking for. With a passion for building and engineering, Shaw knew instantly that the construction training program was the one for him. After exploring each of the construction trades, Shaw settled on the bricklaying class as he saw it as a form of “old art” and was interested in putting his creativity to work while gaining knowledge. While in training, Shaw really enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow peers and instructor, “I came to see them as family” said Shaw.

After Shaw finished the bricklaying trade, he enrolled in Cuyahoga Community College's (Tri-C) Welding course through Job Corps. Patrick had some exposure to welding in high school and felt that a welding certification would increase his chances of obtaining gainful employment. Patrick is very proud of the numerous certifications he has earned on center, not to mention receiving his driver’s license. This busy and very driven young man, gained employment with Cleveland Marble on January 25, 2016, cutting brick pavers for a paver project in Cleveland’s Public Square. While working, Patrick plans to take night classes at Tri-C to obtain a welding certification. After Job Corps, Patrick plans to continue to work and pursue a business management degree, in the hopes of owning a company one day.

Patrick always lives by the adage that, “No matter how many times you fall down, as long as you pick yourself back up again, you will always end up a winner in the end.” He hopes that this message will help others attain the strength that he learned so that they can make their dreams come true as well. Patrick is in high demand with several employers reaching out to him.