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David Doverspike overcame the odds in life to thrive at the Cincinnati Job Corps Center and eventually find a career. Born into poverty in India, Doverspike lived for a time in an Indian leper colony. Later in his life, he was adopted by a family in Ohio, graduated from high school and held three retail jobs.
But Doverspike said he had a desire to learn skills that would lead to a rewarding career, so he enrolled in Job Corps and successfully completed his training in carpentry and welding.
“Job Corps matured me and taught me skills to become a better man,” said Doverspike.
Job Corps is a federal career technical training and education program for income-eligible young adults age 16 through 24. The goal of Job Corps is to teach job and social skills to disadvantaged young adults to help them get control of their lives, find good-paying jobs, and become independent. The program is free.
In addition to career training and education, Job Corps provides housing, food, basic health care, and living allowances. Students who are ready to graduate get transition counseling, job search assistance, referrals, and follow-up services. Most students stay in the Job Corps program from one to two years.
The U.S. Department of Labor oversees the Job Corps program, and contracts with private sector companies and government agencies to run local Job Corps centers
Doverspike recently was hired by a union contractor as a carpenter’s apprentice with a good starting salary, health benefits and a pension plan.
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