When Angelyse Carson (22) arrived at the Cleveland Job Corps Center, her biggest challenge was her insecurities. She did not believe in herself, nor in her ability to complete the program. There were also times she became very homesick and wanted to go home. “Thinking of all the educational opportunities and encouraging staff members really assisted me along the way,” explained Angelyse. “Melonie Harrell, Work-Based Learning Coordinator, and various residential counselors helped me discover my true capabilities, as well as learn to believe in myself.”
Angelyse earned her high school diploma while enrolled through the Center’s partnership with Penn Foster. She also completed the Building Construction Technology trade, earning the Home Builders Institute Pre-Apprentice and OSHA 10 Construction certifications. She served as a member of the Safety Cadets, Student Government Association (Sergeant at Arms for G Dorm), and volunteer at the 5th District Police Department’s Ice Cream Social, Halloween parties, and Police Banquet.
Although Angelyse works full-time at FMG Home Sales restoring residential properties, she is planning to continue her education in construction at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) studying business administration/facilities maintenance. She aspires to start a housing construction business. “Job Corps is life-changing,” stated Angelyse. “Keep your head up, stay focused, and strive to be the best that you can be.”