Ottumwa Job Corps held a graduation ceremony Friday to wrap up the nationwide celebration of Job Corpsâ?? 50th anniversary.
Cardinal Superintendent Joel Pedersen spoke at the ceremony and had the crowd up and moving, giving each other hugs and words of thanks.
For one graduate, itâ??s been a long journey to getting this diploma
Scott Stout is now in the Army National Guard and also spoke at the ceremony.
â??I wouldnâ??t be anywhere without Job Corp, to be honest. It helped me with my GED, it helped me achieve so many goals that I wanted to accomplish but never had the opportunity to through,â?? said Stout.
Many students have a similar story. Glen Carter is a current student at the center.
â??After high school graduation I was just working I did McDonald's for four years and some other jobs but I just got tired of the same old same old, and it's time for me to go back and just start my successful career,â?? said Carter.
According to Carter, seeing people like Stout keeps him motivated to keep going.
â??It definitely just inspired me to stay and finish everything, which is an acronym for safe that we have here on campus,â?? said Carter.
Stout said what heâ??s done makes his family proud too.
â??My mom absolutely loves job corps,â?? said Stout. â??She thinks it's like the most wonderful thing in the world but what parent doesn't want the best for their kids.â??
The Ottumwa Job Corps center has 250 students, which is their capacity.