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					     JOB CORPS
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                                                                            Before she came to Joliet Job Corps,
                                                                        Ms. Whatley had been no stranger to chal-
                                                                        lenges or opportunities. She had managed
•   ATTERBURY                                                           25 to 30 employees at the SprinTCall Cen-
                                                                        ter. She earned her degree in computer
                                                                        technology at Purdue University. While
    SOCIAL DEV DIR                                                      CTTM, she earned a master’s of education
                                                                        in instructional design. It took her two
•   EXETER                                                              years and she said there were a few times
                                                                        she wanted to quit. “Quite a few times,”
                                                                        she said with a laugh. “I had to dig deep
•   GADSDEN                                                             and not give up. And that’s what we want
    SOCIAL DEV DIR                                                      for our students, to find it in themselves to
                                                                        move ahead.”
    CENTER DIRECTOR                                                         Yes, she’d like to go on to get a Ph.D.,
    DORM SUPERVISOR                                                     but she will wait a while. “I’ve always felt
    MAINTENANCE MGR        Gloria Whatley, our new Deputy Center that education was important to me. I’ve
                        Director, is definitely not stuck on herself. spent my whole life pursuing higher educa-
    DORM SUPERVISOR     She tries to brush off praise and is rather   tion,” she said.
    CENTER SHIFT MGR    surprisingly self-deprecating; but those who     Her family, she said, has had to make
                        know her say she is a “super woman.”          many sacrifices along the way with her. “I
                            “I never thought that five years ago,     couldn’t have done what I have done with-
    CAREER TECH MGR     when I started as an OA teacher here, that I out the support of my family,” she said.
                        would be promoted this far,” she said. “It    “And during my tenure here, I have had the
•   LITTLE ROCK         just was not in my vision at the time.” But   support of so many staff. I enjoy working
                        perhaps the secret to her success lies in the here. I like to think I’m making a difference
•   RED ROCK            next sentence: “I just wanted to be a good    with our students.”
    NONE                OA instructor.” Wanting to be good at every      Ms. Whatley said her goal as Deputy
                        job she has ever done really defines Ms.      Center Director is to “make sure our stu-
                        Whatley.                                      dents have the resources they need to get the
                            “I saw opportunities here,” she said.     best training possible. I want to see them
•   TREASURE ISLAND     “When the opportunity came to be Career       earn more certifications and I want to con-
    DORM SUPERVISOR     Technical Training Manager (exactly two       tinue to build a cohesive team between day-
                        years ago) I remember feeling at that time,   time and nighttime staff.” This is a woman
    NONE                am I being overly ambitious? Should I         who knows how to juggle several projects at
                        spend more time as Career Transition Man- once, but also knows that being a
•   WOODSTOCK           ager? I had only been doing that about six    “superwoman” has its price!
                        months. But I wanted to learn more and take
                        on more. I’m glad I did challenge myself.”
                           She said she enjoyed her time as CTM. “I
                        loved working with the students, helping
•    RESIDENTIAL        them make logical choices as they prepared
                        to leave,” she said.
            African American History Month
Joliet Job Corps’ students are more than    A special Black History Month assembly
75 percent African American, so a           will be Feb. 29 hosted by Peer Leader-
month like Black History Month is one       ship Coordinator Thanesha Sorrells and
that should be celebrated with great        SGA students.
depth and variety.                            And today’s graduation features a
  Social Development Director Jesse         speaker who is well known in the Civil
Tucker is leading the charge with assis-
tance from many staff members. So far,
14 students were taken to a lecture by
Freedom Rider Diane Nash at University
of St. Francis and there are two more
events at USF that Tucker wants stu-
dents to participate in.
   A Taste of Black History Month is
scheduled for 2:05 p.m. Feb. 23 where
staff cooks it up for the students here.
   “We’re showing movies with a big
Black influence on Tuesdays this
month,” said Tucker. “And of course, we
have got to get the kids out for the new
movie ‘Red Tails’ about the Tuskegee
Airmen during and after World War II.”
   During 6:30 p.m. rollcalls this month,
“Moments in Black History” are shared
by students and staff.
   On Feb. 28, STARS Coordinator Jan             George and Ruby Tyus on last year’s
                                                 African American History panel
Larsen will present her second Black
History forum of local history makers.
“Local history is so important for us to    Rights field, Judge Raymond Bolden of
treasure,” she said. “We have great peo-    Joliet, the first African American lawyer
ple living among us who risked a lot        and judge in Will County.
during the Civil Rights era. Last year’s
forum was exciting!”
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    New WBL Adviser Dominique Ward
   The new Work Base Adviser at Joliet Job                  “It is not easy to
Corps, Dominique Ward,                                   get a job right
    A native of North Lawndale and the daughter          now,” she said.
of a Chicago Police officer, Ward graduated from         She admires the
the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana,          students here who
one of the toughest schools in the state. She ma-        “are really trying
jored in sociology and minored in African Ameri-         to put forth the
can studies.                                             effort to use their
    Her parents, who have been married for 39            time here as a tool,
years, didn’t want their youngest of three children      to use their time to
attending public schools – so it was private edu-        get to the next step
cation all the way and she is grateful for their atti-   in life” and that’s
tude. “On my father’s side, I have some aunts            how she sees her
who are teachers and principals,” she said.              job here.
   She had a hard time deciding what to major in:            “I love my
she tried finance, economy and chemistry after           team,” she said. “I
giving up a childhood dream of becoming a phy-           have never meshed
sician. Then she sat down to “really decide what I       with people so
wanted to do” and she found she enjoyed learning         well before Job Corps. They surprised me for my
about why people do what they do. She hopes to           birthday; that was so nice!”
get a master’s at the Chicago School of Psychia-           She started here Dec. 27 and is definitely some-
try with a focus on children and adolescents.            one to know here at Joliet Job Corps.
  She said she learned a lot in college – “how to
be independent, time management, money man-
agement, information management. I found out
how to get the information I need to succeed.”
    Her older sister just graduated from Le Cordon
Bleu in Chicago and she is excited about that. Ms.
Ward has worked in a group home for troubled
foster teen-agers and two years at a sign manufac-
turing plant. She also has her beauty school certi-
fication. Graduating just before the Great Reces-
sion hit has made her a realist about how difficult
it is to find credible employment for Job Corps
                 Camera Club Rocks!
    Camera Club has been an on-again and off-again
    proposition at Joliet Job Corps as Adviser Jan Larsen
    struggles to find the time to train students. Right
    now, it’s definitely on-again and hot as you can see
    from the photos six students took on a recent fieldtrip
    to Bird Haven Greenhouse, part of nearby Pilcher
       “I have grown accustomed to finding so many tal-
    ented and artistic students at Joliet Job Corps,” said
    Ms. Larsen, who is STARS coordinator. “Many of
    them are very good poets or great at drawing. If you
    have an artistic side, photography is a super outlet.”
    “Job Corps students are labeled as at-risk; but there
    have been several studies done on how talented at-
    risk students often are,” she said.
        One of the challenges is having the right equip-
    ment to have a club. “Point and shoots can teach
    composition, but there is so much more to photogra-
    phy,” she said. “My photo mentor, John Patsch, who
    has been a photographer for about 50 years, has
    taught me everything I know – but not everything he
    knows. And he has donated two Canon digital SLR’s
    to us. They are not brand new, but they are in good
    working order and that is what the students need to
    learn on.”
                                                                Photo by Willie Chaplin of (from left) Kenneth Smith,
                                                                adviser Jan Larsen, Jack Mussman, Emma Carter,
                                                                Tamerra McCurdy and Ulysses Lopez.

Photo by Willie Chaplin of Jack
Mussman.                            Photo by Willie Chaplin of students’ shadows outside the greenhouse.
  Ms. Larsen said she would like to
  have a “show” of the current stu-
  dents’ best work. She has had two                                                                   Left,
                                                                                                     photo by
  shows of her work and sometimes                                                                    Kenneth
  freelances for The Herald News. “I’m                                                               Smith.
  somewhat of a professional photogra-
  pher,” she said, “although I see some
  of my students will be surpassing me
  soon. Also, Rachael Hitchcock,
  Teresa Collins and Michael Airhart,
  all staff here, are quite professional in
  their work, too. So I have to say we
  are a snap happy bunch!”

 Photo by Emma Carter of sidewalk stones
 dedicated to donors outside greenhouse.

Photo by Emma Carter.

Photo by Jack Mussman of stone walk    Top: photo by Kenneth Smith of Emma Carter and Jack Mussman. Above: photo
at greenhouse.                        by Jack Mussman of water lily in jungle room.
        Career Transition Highway
                            Moving graduates forward on a path to

     Grad 90 Hosts a Phone Conference Treasure Island
This week the Grad 90 program hosted a phone conference with Sharon Doran, the Ad-
vanced Training Coordinator of the Advanced Culinary program at the Treasure Island Job
Corps Center in San Francisco, CA. Students had the opportunity to ask Ms. Doran ques-
tions about everything from the dorm life to the academic aspect of the program. Ms.
Doran was honest with her answers when she spoke to the students. “I will say that this
program is not easy, but it is fun and you will learn what it means to work hard,” she told
the Culinary class. So far, the Joliet Job Corps Center has transferred 5 students in the past
year that are still successful in the program. “Right now two of our elite students, Jonathan
Theirry and Ana Martinez are in the final phase of the program. They continue to be a shin-
ing example of the students of JJCC,” Ms. Doran told the students when asked about suc-
cess stories. The students were surprised by how different the Treasure Island Job Corps
Center is different from Joliet. “I was happy to hear that there is a lot more public transpor-
tation in California. By having access to public transportation, I will be able to take advan-
tage of Leisure Time Employment and find a job to save money for an apartment,” stated
potential Advanced Training transfer Francisco Bedolla.
                                  JOLIET JAGUAR TIMES

                     O.A Tech Bytes
                                                              Chat Room Acronyms
                                  In a modernize culture, “parenting computer savvy teens can be chal-
                                  lenging”, Moreover, if the parent is not educated in the newest trends
                                  of technology, they will face challenges and communication barriers
                                  that will have some bearing on how they communicate in the work-
                                  place and within their on family. In most cases, the “Baby Boomers”
                                  may not have the same experience in technology as their children.
     Office Administra-           According to “Missing and Exploited Children, Chat Acronyms are
     tion Training Cen-           used to communicate, usually through an instant ASL - Age/sex/
              ter                 location” . In order to stay on top of who your child is Chatting to a list
                                  of resources to “Internet Safety Definitions” can help. Here is a quick
    “Need creative and            guide to Chat Acronyms most parents do not recognize.
    professional looking
    Banners, Newslet-             BRB - Be right back                          M or F - Male or female
    ters, Flyers, Bro-            CD9 - Code 9, parents around                 POS - Parents over shoulder
    chures, and Recy-             F2T - Free to talk                           PRON-Porn
    cling Bins? Well let          IDK - I don’t know                           TMI– Too much information
    the O.A.T.C take care         LMIRL - Let’s meet in real life              LOL– Laugh out loud
    of your office docu-
    ment needs!”
     ☺ you need to do is
     fill out the work order
      form which is located
        in the O.A.T.C. and                                  Technology In The News
     return to the O.A.T.C
      Administrative Assis-
                               The                       more technology advances, the smaller the gadget becomes. Cel-
                               lular phones, computers and cameras continue to decrease in size. Now, scanners are
       O.A Quote               available that are smaller than the average hand or the documents and photos you want
                               to scan. In fact, “there are compact scanners that could almost fit inside the cardboard
           of                  tube from a paper-towel roll.”

       the Week!                Xerox has introduced a scanner that has only two buttons. The power and mode button
                               give users the option of scanning in color or black and white. The option of scanning mul-
                               tiple documents with a “10 second delay between feeding your document” is available.
'Insanity is doing the
same things over and           Xerox has done a great job of making this device sturdy, yet user friendly. The scanner
                               has a built in battery and it can be charge from any wall unit or computer UBS jack. For
over again and                 your convenience, it comes with a travel case. The scanner retail price is about $250.
 expecting the different

Albert Einstein.
                                                   Safety Note – National Burn Awareness Week February 5 – 11, 2012
Burns are injuries to tissues caused by heat, friction, electricity, radiation, or chemicals. They are characterized by degree, based on the severity of the tissue damaged. There are three
degrees of burns: first-degree, second-degree, and third degree.
First-degree burns cause the least amount of damage. The burn causes redness and swelling to the outermost layer of skin. Second-degree burns cause redness, swelling and blistering,
and the damage may extend to the first few layers of skin. Third-degree burns are the worst and are called full-thickness burns. This degree of burn destroys the entire depth of skin and
can extend to the underlying fat, muscle, or bone. It will cause significant scarring to the person.

                                                       The severity of a burn received is also judged by the amount of body surface area (BSA) affected by                               the
burn. The "rule of nines" is used to determine the percentage of BSA affected in patients more than 9 years old: each arm with its hand is 9% of BSA;
each leg with its foot is 18%; the front of the torso is 18%; the back of the torso, including the buttocks, is 18%; the head and neck are 9%; and the
genital area (perineum) is 1%. This rule cannot be applied to a young child's body proportions, so BSA is estimated using the palm of the patient's hand as a measure of 1% area. The sever-
ity of the burn will determine not only the type of treatment, but also where the burn patient should receive treatment. Minor burns may be treated at home or in a doctor’s office while
major burns will need to be taken care of at a hospital burn unit or at a burn center.
Burn Statistics
     •     There are approximately 10,000 pediatric burn injuries annually in the United States.
     •     Children aged two years and younger were more likely to be hospitalized for burns to their hands and wrists due to coming in contact with hot
           liquid or objects.
     •     Children aged three to seventeen were more likely to be injured by fire.
     •     Children two years and younger accounted for half the children who were hospitalized with burn injuries.
     •     In the United States, approximately 2.4 million burn injuries are reported per year. Approximately 650,000 of the injuries are treated by medical
           professionals; 75,000 are hospitalized. Of those hospitalized, 20,000 have major burns involving at least 25% of their total body surface. Between
           8,000 and 12,000 of patients with burns die, and approximately one million will sustain substantial or permanent disabilities resulting from their burn injury.
     •    The Bureau of Labor Statistics published the following burn statistics for 1992:
                 o 41,000 heat burns resulted in an average of four lost days of work each. Breakdowns of industrial burns were as follows: 16,500 retail trade; 9,500 manufacturing;
                      8,600 service industry (such as restaurants).
                o 15,700 chemical burns resulted in an average of two lost days of work each. Breakdowns were as follows: 5,800 manufacturing (such as chemical manufacturers);
                      3,200 service industry; 2,600 retail industry.
     • Children, ages newborn to two-years-old, are most frequently admitted for emergency burn care in a hospital. The kitchen is the most frequent area in the home where burn
          injuries occur for children newborn to four. The next most frequent area is in the bathroom.
     • From ages 5 to 74, most burn injuries occur outdoors with the next most frequent area being the kitchen.
     • From ages 75 and above, the kitchen is the most frequent area for burn injuries to occur, with outdoor fire accidents being next.
     • Burns and fires are the leading cause of accidental death in the home for children 14 and under and the third leading cause of accidental death for adults.
     • Scalds are the leading cause of accidental death in the home for children from birth to age four and are 40% of the burn injuries for children up to age 14. • The National
          Burn Information Exchange indicates that after the age of 60, the risk of burn injury is greater than at any time since childhood and the average size of the burn is larger than
          for any other age group.
     • The most common burn accidents for older adults are from flame or scalding, lighting trash fires or a furnace, bathing or falling asleep while smoking.
     • The National Fire Protection Agency found that the age-group most likely to die in house fires are: those 75 and older.
     • High-voltage electric injuries account for approximately 3% of hospital admissions for burn injuries.
     • Burns are one of the most expensive catastrophic injuries to treat.
Burn Prevention Tips
     • Set your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Consider installing water faucets and shower heads containing anti-scald technol-
     • Use back burners and turn pot handles to the back of the stove when cooking.
     • All appliance cords need to be kept coiled, away from counter edges, and out of the reach of children.
     • When using the microwave, be careful of steam escaping from containers.
     • Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges.
     • Never leave young children alone, especially in the bathroom or kitchen.
     • Never carry or hold children and hot foods or liquids at the same time.
     • When giving a child a bath, run cold water into the tub first, then add hot water.
     • If you use a wheelchair: When moving hot liquids, place a large, sturdy tray with a sold lip in your lap to decrease the risk of lap burns.
     • Consider alternate cooking equipment (slow cookers, toaster ovens or microwaves) placed on lower counters or tables if the stove or oven is too high to reach safely.
     • Consider the weight of pots and pans. Attempt to move only those items that you can easily handle.
     • Place a rubber mat in front of your stove to prevent slipping and falling against the stove.
     • Use of heat protection devices geared toward protecting those with disabilities such as; microwave dish holders, hot hand protectors and stove monitors.
     • Cover unused electrical outlets with safety devices.
     • Look for and repair outlets that do not work, light switches that are hot to the touch, and lights that flicker.
                                      Welcome New Students

                                                         Go Getters
These GoGetters have the right mindset: This is a second chance to prove to their peers, that they are not quitters. They will prove to themselves and
others that they will not give up.
Lower Level Sitting Left to Right:
Glenn, Titiana 22,Chicago, IL; Short term goal:To develop a leadership role;MAC10: Job Paying $10.00 or more;Enjoys writing poetry and reading.
Boyd, Clayton 18, Flossmoor, IL; Short term goal:To start trade in Tile Setting;MAC10:Advanced Training or more;Enjoys drawing and writing songs.
Patterson, Peji 21, Oak Forest, IL;Short term goal:To achieve GED and drivers license; MAC10:College;Enjoys producing music and writing lyrics.
Second Row Sitting Left to Right:
Tozzi, Nicole 21, Peotone, IL;Short term goal:Wants to receive drivers license and start trade;MAC10:Advanced Training;Enjoys listening to music and
computer technology.
Byrd, Rashonda 17, Dixmoor, IL; Short term goal:Wants to achieve GED;MAC10:Wants to go to the Military ;Enjoys Reading and enjoys watching
Lockett, Jocelyn 19, Lombard, IL;Short term goal:Wants to learn newer skills and to achieve GED;MAC10:Job paying $10.00 or more ;Enjoys reading
and writing.
Third Row Sitting Left to Right:
Bryant, Stanisha 20, Chicago, IL;Short term goal:Wants to start trade in C N A;MAC10:Advanced Training; Enjoys playing sports and math.
Salgado, Jose 17, Homewood, IL;Short term goal:Start trade in Cement;MAC10:Job paying $10.00 or more;Enjoys drawing and listening to music.
Kinsel, Aaron 19, Oglesby, IL; Short term goal:To start trade in Facility Maintenance;MAC10:Military; Enjoys lifting weights and mixed martial arts.
Winters, Shantay 20, Markham, IL;Short term goal:Wants to achieve High School Diploma and start CNA;MAC10: Advanced Training for LPN;Enjoys
reading books and socializing.
Back Row Left to Right:
Jemison, Arthur 20 Chicago, IL; Short term goal:Wants to achieve GED and start Security;MAC10:Advanced Training;Enjoys listening to music and
playing sports.
Smith, Jeremiah 17, Chicago, IL;Short term goal:Wants to achieve High School Diploma and start trade in OA;MAC10:Advanced Training;Enjoys bas-
ketball and listening to music.
Gosa, Quamane 18, Riverdale, IL;Short term goal:Wants to achieve High School Diploma and start trade Culinary Arts;MAC10:Job Paying $10.00 or
more;Enjoys sports and writing music.
Williams, Marquis 17, Chicago, IL;Short term goal:Wants to achieve GED and start trade in OA;MAC10:Advanced Training:Enjoys drawing and repair-
ing computers.
Post, Eric 19, Stillman Valley, IL; Short term goal:To start trade in OA;MAC10:Advanced Training to further Office Administration;Enjoys playing drums
and writing poetry in spare time.
   February 10, 2012                                Volume:11 Number: 5
                         WOODLAND’S WONDERFUL WEB NEWS
                         The Maryland recently featured a story on Woodland’s January
                         graduation. 48 students participated in the event. Woodland graduate
                         Theresa Conte urged new grads to continue to strive for success – “The sky
                         is the limit if you dream big.” Ms. Conte graduated in 2000 and worked for
                         the U.S. Department of Labor after graduation. She currently works for the
                         U.S. Department of Education in its FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) division.

In This Edition:     ONLY THE SHADOW KNOWS
                     The Little Rock crew wasted no time to highlight its recent Job Corps
Great Grad Motivates Groundhog Job Shadow Day efforts. Center Director Lorraine Lane
in Maryland          reports that more than 50 students participated in the event. Students
                     shadowed at the Compassion Center, University of Arkansas Little Rock,
Little Rock Casts a  Arkansas Food Bank and the State Capital with State Senator Joyce Elliott.
Big Shadow           As always, a good time was had by all involved.

Upstate New York       BCL Amy Scharf reports that the Glenmont Auto program shifted into
                       overdrive this week after a hosting a successful Auto Advisory Council.
Ask Roy: Causing a Glenmont’s Advisory Board signed off on the Automobile Compliance
Flap in the Nation’s Review, a critical step in NATEF Certification. Two corporate executives
Capitol?!?!?           from the nearby headquarters of Monro Muffler motored to the meeting and
                       will work with the Center on NATEF standards. Participants represented a
                       wide range of experience in the auto industry, including auto dealers, machine
Upcoming Events:       shop repair, auto club leaders and the chair of the automotive department from
February 15th: Shriver the local community college. This effort is being driven by Instructors Vince
Memorial Dedication    DeSalvatore and George Van der Wouden, along with CTT Manager
Ceremony, Ayer, MA Mary Ann Harvey.

May 14-18th: Adams’      ASK ROY
Student Leadership       Guy From the North Woods: So Roy that was really a great time in
Conference,              Washington, DC. It’s not very often that I get to mingle with the movers and
Columbia, MD             shakers. You are right – I would have felt a little out of place if you let me
                         wear my winter red flannels. However, it was pretty warm there and I could
                         have used the flap option.

                         Roy: Well Woodbreeze, one advantage of those red flannels is you get a free
                         pass through the metal detectors.

                         GFTNW: Talking about flaps, everyone is certainly supportive of Job Corps
                         in Washington and interested to see that student benefit and outcomes is
                         important to everybody.
             JOLIET     JAGUAR

                                                         Joliet Job Corps is located on a beautiful 59-acre campus that used to house the
                                                         Joliet East High School. The center offers a student the opportunity to obtain
                                                         their GED or high school diploma on-line, along with eight trades:
                                                         • Office Administration
                                                         • Pharmacy Technology
                                                         • Certified Nursing Assistant
                                                         • Tile Setting
                                                         • Cement Masonry
                                                         • Facilities & Building Maintenance
                                                         • Culinary Arts
                                                         • Security/MILCAP

                                                         Joliet Job Corps Center
                                                         1101 Mills Road
                                                         Joliet, IL 60433
                                                         Phone: 815-727-7677
                                                         Fax: 815-723-7052
                                                         E-mail: lastname.first
              Home of the Jaguars

What is Job Corps?
Job Corps is a no-cost educational and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor
that helps young people ages 16-24 complete their education and also a vocation of their choice of those offered
at the Center. The goal is for them to get a better job, increase their earning potential and take control of their
lives. At Job Corps. Students enroll to learn a trade, earn a high school diploma or GED and get help to find a
good job.
To enroll in Job Corps, students must meet the following requirements:
                          Current Student Government Association
• Ages 16-24 (upper age may be waived with documented disabilities)
• U.S. Citizen or legal resident
• Meet income requirements
• Ready, willing and able to participate fully in an educational environment.
• Funded by the U.S. Congress, Job Corps has been training young adults for meaningful careers since 1964.
     Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe, drug-free environment where they can take advantage
     of the resources provided.
If interested, contact the office of DESI at 773-838-1200.

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