Josiah Frederick is the Director of Central Supply at Brookwood Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Homestead, FL. Frederick takes his job seriously and does not take this Director’s position for granted. Frederick came from Trinidad to Homestead only several years ago without a High School Diploma and without a job. Soon after, Frederick enrolled with Job Corps, the nation’s oldest and largest training program for disadvantaged youth. While at Homestead Job Corps Center, Frederick obtained a High School Diploma from SIATech Charter High School on campus and Career Technical Training in the Building and Facilities Maintenance trade. His message to potential Job Corps students is “take the time to go to Job Corps and gather as much information as possible because knowledge is power.”
Frederick was a “model student.” He participated in Work Based Learning as an intern at Brookwood Gardens, was hired there upon graduating from the Job Corps Program and was promoted to Director of his own department shortly afterwards.
To this day, Frederick maintains a close relationship with Homestead Job Corps Center and has helped pave the way for current and future Job Corps students. Troy Evans, Frederick’s supervisor at Brookwood Gardens, says “having Job Corps students come through our facility is a win-win situation for everyone.” With 75 facilities throughout the Southeast, Signature Health, their parent company has many opportunities for Job Corps students and graduates.