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Oct 19, 2015 6:40 PM

Landrigan: Job Corps Center finally a reality in NH nearly 20 years after campaign began


MANCHESTER - "It’s a long time coming but we may be the last but we are going to be the best," says US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH.

Nearly 20 years ago, Senator Jeanne Shaheen as governor worked to bring a job corps center to New Hampshire and today we have the ribbon cutting to make us the last state in the country to open one.

"With this location job corps is now in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico," says Lenita Jacobs-Simmons, national director of the Job Corps Centers, "125 strong across the country."

Job Corps is free to income-eligible students and once built out this complex will hold 300 students.

"America works best when we field a full team and we can’t afford to leave anyone on the sidelines,’’ says Deputy Labor Secretary Christopher Lu.

With 3 percent unemployment there could be good paying jobs awaiting these graduates.

"So there sure are businesses ready and willing if you do your part in getting your training and learning your skills," assures Gov. Maggie Hassan.

You can train to be a medical administrative assistant.

"And it’s important because if you’re not accurate you are going to mess up what the doctor has to do,’’ says Shawn Gallant of Concord.

Or to work in culinary arts, hotel, health care and homeland security…

"I hope to become part of a private security firm and protect VIPs and assets,’’ says Tyler Eaton of Goffstown.

And they can live at home or on campus.

"The dorms are pretty nice,’’ says Uriah Ducharme of Belchertown, Mass. "The beds can be a little bit hard at times but they are pretty good.’’

What’s the biggest complaint of New Hampshire employers? It’s finding people with the skills to fill the jobs that go wanting.

This center may help.


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