Gainesville Job Corps students lined up to share their life stories with others. Students like Sean Kelly said they have a story to tell about how Job Corps positively impacted their lives. Mr. Kelly said he came from the streets where he slept amongst criminals, and was kicked out of his mother’s house when he was barely 17 years old. He also said the only way he made it was by stealing to eat.
When the National Job Corps office solicited for students to share their life stories, Kelly along with two other students, Angelie Ramirez and Noe Bautista rushed to sign up. The three students entered the oratorical contest sharing how they overcame adversity. Student Angelie Ramirez shared how she came to Job Corps to make a better life for her and her daughter while student Noe Bautista shared how his life didn’t have a purpose until he enrolled in Job Corps.
All three students found success at Job Corps. As a result of Job Corps, Kelly says he earned his high school diploma, and is a Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Medical Assistant. He is now employed at Palm Gardens as a CNA.