It has been a gratifying experience to have as our CRC chair Ms. Margena Wade. Through her support of our students, we were able to get some paid opportunities for our Construction trades students to participate in a SEMINAL work such as the rebuilding of the Bay Bridge Project. This project truly helped reinforce and “cement” the vocational training in real-world practical contexts and recieving a pay check was a wonderful boon in demonstrating that hard work and taking on new opportunities pays off!
The advocacy of Residential Counselor David Crumpler following the Adams Adage “outreach is everyone’s job” helped find a first job for culinary graduate Jonathan Robinson. Mr. Crumpler met the HR Manager of International House at UC Berkeley- a restaurant style establishment providing food for some students of UC Berkeley and mentioned to BCL Director Wilhelmina Parker about the new contact built. This resulted in a meeting; dialogue and an opportunity to interview for the Culinary student. He got the job; making $15 plus! What a boon and a benefit.
Facilities Maintenance students have been blessed to recieve jobs through volunteerism at the National Parks Service (NPS)
Following many hours of volunteerism and relationship building, students have been fulfillling some of the Facilities Maintenance hiring needs of the National Park Service SF. We are very grateful to TIJCC friend and NPS Facilities Manager Dan Collman for his mentorship and support of our students.