Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Security & Protective Services student Therasis Godfrey had much to be thankful for – the opportunities he had been given and a new part-time job to put his new skills to use. Therasis, 22, landed a job at the Floyd County Detention Center in Prestonsburg as a security officer. This new job provides on-the-job training and allows Therasis to save his earnings for the day when he transitions from the Job Corps program to becoming an independent, working young man.
It also provides a new work-based learning partnership between the Floyd County Detention Center and the Perkins center, giving other students the opportunity to receive meaningful on-the-job training in the security field.
Therasis traveled from his home in Sebring, FL, to enroll in the Perkins Job Corps on Feb. 11, 2014. He said he chose Perkins “because I wanted to be at one of the top Job Corps centers in the nation for the best job training possible.”
That’s exactly what he got – 288 days of training under his SPS instructor Jeffory Aldrich, certifications, on-the-job training by providing security for public events, performing community service, going on field trips and learning from guest speakers. These opportunities and more are what set the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center apart from other training facilities, and just some of the many reasons why Perkins is ranked 5th in the nation out of 125 Job Corps Centers.