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DELJENERATION The Newsletter for
Employees of DEL- JEN, Inc.
NAS Pensacola Milestone
DEL-JEN, Inc. (DJI) has been performing at NAS DEL-JEN was also privileged to award two separate
Pensacola (NASP) since October, 2007, providing Base Fluor Safety Cross Awards
Operating Services that include engineering, construction to a pair of DJI employees
and special projects; facility maintenance and repair; whose quick and decisive
pest control and environmental services; locksmith actions were recognized
services; fire protection; galley equipment maintenance; earlier in the year. Bobby
elevator maintenance; chiller plant and boiler plant Hunter, who prevented a
operation and maintenance; electrical and natural gas potentially fatal accident
distribution; water, wastewater and steam distribution; involving a runaway
base vehicle and motor pool support; heavy equipment forklift and Larry Howard
operations; runway maintenance; and much, much who selflessly rendered
more. Our area of responsibility also encompasses support and assistance
neighboring bases Corry Station, Bronson Field, Naval during an off-hours rescue
Support Facility Lakeside, Pascagoula MS, Saufley of a mountain biker were
Field, and Naval Hospital Pensacola. both given the Silver Cross
Work is performed in a geographically and environmentally – the highest recognition
diverse setting with temperatures that can dip below that can be presented to
freezing in the winter and soar into the 90’s and 100’s in a Fluor employee.
the summer months. Hurricanes and tornados frequent DEL-JEN NASP Project
the panhandle of Florida and a wide variety of indigenous Manager Henri Fuentes
plants and animals include 47 species of snakes (6 ven- also took the opportuni-
omous), 5 species of venomous spiders, a wide variety ty to present monthly
of wildlife, toxic plants, and extreme humidity. safety awards to John
On Tuesday, April 13th, a special Zephir and Donnie Todd for their continuing efforts to
Awards Ceremony and Luncheon was make NASP the safest and most injury-free site for
held onboard NASP to recognize sev- themselves and fellow workers.
eral accomplishments that have been
achieved by the DEL-JEN team in NEY Award for Food Service
recent months. Excellence
Sponsored by the Secretary of the Navy and the non-
With a “Road to ZERO Injuries” journey that began in profit International Food Service Executives
October 2007, the team celebrated 24-months without Association, the Edward F. Ney Memorial Award is a
a lost-time injury in October 2009. They continued their quality of life award that promotes excellence in food
record-breaking journey, achieving 500,000 man hours service across seven divisions of the Navy enterprise.
worked with no recordable injuries in January 2010, and
earlier this month, they reached another milestone: For the 2010 calendar year, NASP was again awarded
1,000,000 man hours with no lost-time injuries! first place in the Continental U.S. General Mess category.
DEL-JEN provides the galley equipment maintenance
support that sets the standard for everything that’s
produced in the galley that includes, for example: 1.3
million strips of bacon; 864,124 dinner rolls; 516,000
bottles of ketchup; 287,520 hamburgers, 282,240
sausage patties, and 266,112 chocolate chip cookies.
“I would like to take the time to say thank you to all the
DEL-JEN shops that support the galley. Without the
maintenance support provided to us, there is no way we
could complete and win this prestigious award,” stated
Food Service Officer,
Paul Poling (L), who
added, “I would espe-
Stan Redding (DJI NASP Safety Manager), Steve Kukuk (VP DJI Services cially like to thank Mr.
Group), CDR Kristina Nielson (NASP Public Works Officer), Rex Shaver Billy Newton (R) for his
(DEL-JEN Chief Operating Officer), and Henri Fuentes (DJI NASP Project
Manager) prepare to serve ceremonial “ZERO Injuries” cake to the NASP dedicated service to galley
employees who accomplished the million hour landmark. maintenance.”
NEY Award continued...
NASP previously won the award in 1999 and was runner-up in 2009 behind Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. This year,
Norfolk was runner-up behind NASP so the friendly competition between the two bases continues. “We just stepped it up
a notch,” said Mr. Poling. The trophy was officially presented April 17th in Reno, Nevada.
Spotlight on Safety
NAS Whidbey Island
DEL-JEN’s Whidbey Island Safety Committee celebrated HSE Week with five days of informational activities
and special events to reinforce the culture of safety that has led to fewer lost time incidents on the North
Sound contract than ever before. Featured during Friday’s closing potluck luncheon was a briefing by guest
speaker, Paul Brewer (left) who runs the Air Station’s award-winning Recycling Center - the largest in the state
of Washington. Mr. Brewer’s small group of dedicated employees have set the stan-
dard for Navy recycling and composting, generating awards and accolades from local
officials, all the way up to the White House.
DEL-JEN Safety Manager, Wayne Hiner also presented safety awards, naming Dennis
Purin as Safety Employee of the Quarter and, for her hard work in organizing HSE Week
activities, Betty Heck was named, “Champion for HSE Week”.
Albuquerque Job Corps Center
To get students actively involved in Safety, Career Preparation instructor, Andrea Colley
sponsored a Safety Poster competition. There were no restrictions on materials or subject
matter, as long as it had a relevant OSHA-related theme. Winner was student Jessica P.
who used stencils, construction paper, pictures from the internet, and calligraphy for her
montage that now adorns the hallway of the Education building.
Just as everyday acts of courage or courtesy often go unrecognized, safety practices by the workforce are sometimes
unknown to supervisors or management...until there’s a problem. With that in mind, DEL-JEN HSE created the Employee
Nomination Form for Safety Awards. Last quarter’s nomination was submitted by Structures’
Tom McKenzie for fellow worker, Thomas Schuttig for whom he made the following observations:
“ Mr. Schuttig’s safety awareness and performance is above reproach. His constant ability to identify
and correct safety deficiencies for himself and others is outstanding. Mr. Schuttig will not hesitate
to inform anyone violating safety procedures. He is always willing to assist anyone on any safety
or non-safety issue. If in doubt, he always uses his chain of command before proceeding on any
project. His mindset is always “Safety First!!” He is an asset to DEL-JEN, his co-workers,
and the entire Naval Air Station community!” Program Manager Henri Fuentes (R) presents
Safety Award Certificate to Mr. Thomas Schuttig (L)
It was only two years ago that DEL-JEN
adopted parent company Fluor’s “Road
to Zero” philosophy to improve the
from DEL-JEN HSE Director,
safety performance within our company.
Jerry Reed By the end of 2009 - just one short year
later, eight of our contracts not only
achieved, but exceeded the initiative’s goal. Specifically;
Andrews AFB, Laughlin AFB, NAS Pensacola, Tyndall AFB (Civil
Engineering), NAS Whidbey Island (North Sound contract), New
England OA/CTS, Ohio OA/CTS, and Mississippi JCC - when
combined, totaled over 1,735,000 hours without a single The NEW DE LJ E NE R ATI O N
recordable lost-time incident. The Newsletter for Employees of DEL- JEN,Inc.
By May of 2010, we exceeded one million company-wide hours Issue #25 - June 2010
without a lost time incident with only four recordable injuries, Editor: Steven Suga 310.436.3146
reflecting a TCIR (Total Recordable Incident Rate) of .68. Contributing Editors: Larry Bennett, Leslie Bruno, John Cook, James Dillon,
Pedro Figueroa, Jon Hulsey, Eunice Johnson, Annette Lahey, Linda Lockwood,
These numbers show what we can accomplish as a unified team Charlotte McGowan, Ken Miller, Michele Moor, Jerry Reed, George Rials, Joan
Robinson, Emily Salazar, Mel Sheppard, Barbara Walker, Glenn Watkins, Mark
but, in the end, credit must go to you, our individual employees Woods, and Toure Young.
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Services Group Kudos Korner
Twin Letters of Appreciation were presented to two gracious but for his dedicated maintenance of the eight spill
employees by U.S. Navy CPT, Nurse Corps, M. Morro. She response boats, trailers, and EOD NW’s emergency response
stated, “...you went above and beyond your required duties Zodiacs. Project Manager, Linda Lockwood, commented,
and, as a result, were instrumental to the success of this “His dedication, helpful spirit, safe work habits, and posi-
operation. You have my sincerest thanks and appreciation.” tive attitude all contribute to this deserving selection.”
Kelly Anderson (L) and Range Support Services
Michael Griswold (C) After spending 45 days training at Creech AFB in Nevada, a
supported critical needs German Air Force Deployment Team watched as a 22K forklift
as emergency generators attempted to load their massive cargo containers onto a
were replaced at the tractor trailer, only to spring a hydraulic leak and die before
hospital - taking part in their eyes. No other lifts on-base were large enough to
planning meetings, gear handle the job and as mechanics prepared to send the forklift
transfers, and staffing. to Nellis for repairs, our Vehicle Maintenance personnel
Eareckson Air Station quietly evaluated the problem. They agreed that a tempo-
When Air Force 611th ASUS Commander, Major Nulton and rary fix could be manufactured to get the job done and less
other officials toured EAS’s Vehicle Maintenance facility than an hour later, had the lift back in operation, putting
recently, they commented on the the move back on schedule and preventing extra charges by
“noticeable improvements” made the commercial carrier for delays.
under Lance Davis’s leadership. Not too long after, the German AF team chief made a sur-
The DEL-JEN Ground Transportation prise visit to the TW/DJI office to convey his appreciation
Supervisor was officially recog- for the inventive fix provided by
nized for his efforts when he was lead fuel technician, Todd Conn and
later personally awarded a lead vehicle maintainer, Mark
Commander’s Coin by the Major. Warrington. He also expressed his
NAS Whiting Field gratitude and admiration of the
One of the many Facility Support Services the joint venture support we provided their five aircraft that required jet
between Project Resources and DEL-JEN provide as PRI/DJI fuel, liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen, and miscellaneous
is the maintenance, repair, and improvement of “surfaced ground fuel products during their 45-day stay.
areas” that includes the airfield runways. Proper mainte- Tyndall AFB
nance is not only for aesthetics but for safety, as well. Tyndall Logistics’ Employee of the Quarter has been a busy
Earlier this year, NAS woman. During the first three months of the new year, she
Whiting Field CO, CPT single-handedly moved 3,008 passengers on
Peter Hall noticed the 423 dispatches; moved 28,071 pounds of
high quality of the air- cargo; drove 2,809 miles on the flight line and
field painting completed 801 miles on public highways; and she’s worked
by John Pough (L) and over 1,460 hours with no accidents or inci-
Wendall Cooley (C) and dents. Of course, all the 95th Fighter Squadron aircrew cares
presented them with about is her pleasant demeanor and on-time schedule.
Letters of Appreciation, stating, “Your dedicated approach Congratulations to Mrs. Callahan for a job well done!
to team work and unwavering commitment to customer Safety Employee of the Quarter honors went to Vehicle
satisfaction have ensured NAS Whiting Field’s airfields Operations Supervisor, Mr. Crum who has pretty impressive
remain in top-notch condition. Your noteworthy profes- numbers of his own. During Q1 2010 he super-
sionalism and pride in ‘taking care of our Sailors’ make you vised the movement of 24,856 passengers on
and your team stand out!” 4,617 dispatches; moved 2,047,434 pounds of
NAS Whidbey Island cargo; and compiled 118,062 miles with no
As incoming swells buffeted boats docked at the Whidbey accidents/incidents in his section. He has
Island marina during an April 2nd storm, a spill response served numerous DVs and personally works with the 325
boat was in imminent danger. A decision was made by the Wing, AFNORTH Protocol offices, and the Wing ATO office to
Environmental Dept. to try and move the affected vessel to ensure all DV runs are on-time, secure, and safe - all the
a safer moorage and it was only a matter of minutes before while instilling a culture of safety in his workforce.
Environmental’s Art Fowley and Transportation Maintenance Vance AFB
Technician, Harry Henderson were suited-up and headed Letters of Appreciation arrived for dispatcher Jay Hines and
out into the storm. The pair driver Robert Thedford for the support provided during a
navigated the slippery, visit by General Newton in early March.
rockin’ & rollin’ dock, freed Laughlin AFB
the boat of it’s tethers, No form of compliment is more sincere than one that comes
boarded and successfully from a fellow worker. Such was the case with
moved the valuable govern- Glenn Watkins’ letter about heavy equipment
ment asset to safety. mechanic, Tony Mojica who has been at
At a subsequent awards luncheon, Mr. Henderson was Laughlin AFB as a civilian contractor for nearly
named “Employee of the Quarter,” not only for the rescue, 20 years. “Although he wears a different uni- 3
form, Tony has been as dedicated to serving our nation as all the processes security forces would implement in the
our military members have,” stated Mr. Watkins. Ever the event of an actual emergency.
consummate vehicle maintenance professional, Mr. Mojica “Rather than having numerous smaller exercises, Exercise
states, “Every day I come to work, I always challenge myself Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield (SC/CS) is a single, large, inte-
to do better than the day before.” He’s been challenging grated exercise that accurately emulates what may happen
himself for 20 years and we are honored to have Mr. Mojica in the real world,” said Capt. Sam A. McCormick, USFF director
on our team. for Fleet Anti-Terrorism.
Rock Island Arsenal The week-long event saw
Every year, the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council, a chapter of the participation by base security,
Nat’l. Safety Council, recognizes private industry and government state patrol, and local law
agencies for accomplishments in Safety and reducing OSHA enforcement agencies with
recordable injuries among their employees. This year, Rock simulations that used MILES
Island Integrated Services was awarded an Incident Rate (Multiple Integrated Laser
Excellence Award for their “outstanding achievement in Engagement System) gear,
accident prevention during the 2009 calendar year.” gun fire (blanks), and flash bangs.
Presentation was made
at the Professional DEL-JEN’s Transportation Maintenance building became an
Development Conference important staging area for scenarios during SC/CS exercises
& Expo in Dubuque held aboard NAS Whidbey Island this year. Personnel supported
by theatre-based the needs of the USFF while still managing to get their work
training group, SST done with no interruption in service to our customer.
Gainesville JCC News
Just Another Day On “The Rock” March 31: After a special “women only” luncheon, GJCC
On Friday, May 14th, when a crewman on a private commer- paid tribute to the female gender by holding an afternoon of
cial fishing boat approximately 600 nautical miles SW of Women’s History Month workshops for our 140 female
Shemya Island became ill and asked for assistance from the students. Everyone received a goody bag full
U.S. Coast Guard in Kodiak, AK, Eareckson Air Station was of samples and pamphlets before staff and
immediately contacted. community leaders led five workshops that
The Coast Guard requested that a rescue helicopter be staged covered topics from abstinence to makeup.
from Eareckson and a plan was developed using the combined Male students were so jealous of the girls,
resources of the Coast Guard, Chugach Management Corp., they asked when their special day was!
Beacon Occupational Medicine, and DEL-JEN, Inc. April 9: More than just a way to celebrate the end of the
The Coast Guard enlisted a C-130 aircraft to transport a week, the assemblies that take place every Friday at 3:30 in
fresh helicopter the afternoon serve a variety of functions: campus news,
crew to our island reminders of upcoming events, student recognition, safety
and to fly cover for briefings, campus news, and a venue for special guests like
the rescue. DEL-JEN Alachua County Health Educator, Stephanie Pollard, who
provided the fueling, visited the Friday assembly on April 9th. Ms. Pollard gave
ground transportation, valuable career advice, with a focus on “e-mistakes.”
and accommodations For example, she urged students to get rid of e-mail
for the crew and their aircraft. Chugach put fire fighting and security addresses that might be considered distasteful or
personnel in place and Beacon had the two on-island unprofessional - like: email@example.com
Physician Assistants ready to provide necessary medical support. or firstname.lastname@example.org. She pointed out that, even
though you might be qualified for a job on paper, some
Late that same night, a second C-130 delivered the crew employers might not call you in for an interview if you have an
that flew out the next morning to make the rescue. The fishing unprofessional screen name, voice mail greeting, or résumé.
boat had been steaming towards Shemya all through the
night and the pickup was made quickly and without incident. April 14: A teacher at a local public high school was frustrated
with the increasing problem she was having with many of her
When the rescue helicopter arrived, the patient was handed ninth grade students who were goofing-off, being disrespectful,
off to the waiting Beacon PA’s who stabilized the patient and not completing assignments. When the teacher asked
then waited anxiously with everyone else for the arrival of GJCC for help, three student volunteers visited the school
the Guardian Life Flight aircraft that would fly the patient to and held a chat session with the
his ultimate Anchorage destination. kids. They were able to speak
candidly about living on the
Whidbey Island Supports USFF streets, being in foster homes,
As an essential part of the war on terrorism, the U.S. Fleet teen pregnancy, drugs, and other
Forces Command (USFF) conducts regular things these kids were headed for if
week-long Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection they didn’t change their attitudes.
(AT/FP) security exercises designed to Only time will tell if the visit had
enhance the training and readiness of Naval any effect, but soon afterwards, the teacher called and said
Security Force personnel in responding to things were much better in the classroom and asked if we
4 threats to installations and units, leveraging could make GJCC student visits a quarterly event.
New England OA/CTS “Elevates” Massachusetts
Microsoft Corporation’s “Elevate America” is an initiative committed to improving people’s access to the educational
and workforce skills required for today’s jobs by providing one million vouchers for MS e-learning courses and select
certification exams at no cost to recipients. Participants also qualify for discounted Microsoft IT Academy membership and a
wealth of tools, resources, information, and tutorials to enrich the experience and ensure a successful career transition.
Since the program went into effect late in 2009, 18 states have either completed or are currently partnering with
Microsoft to distribute the vouchers.
For the state of Massachusetts kick-off, Governor Deval Patrick visited the
JobNet Career Center in Boston to announce
the partnership that will provide up to
26,000 vouchers to residents and Job Corps
students from March 30 to June 29, 2010.
Vouchers are good for 12 months from the date of activation.
Representing New England OA/CTS was Career Transition Specialist, Benita Santiago
(left), who joined JobNet Executive Director, Rosemary Alexander (R) in attending
the kick-off to get all the important program details and to thank Governor Patrick
(center) for his support of the Job Corps Program.
New England OA/CTS Events
Automotive Conference & Expo
Under DEL-JEN’s Northeastern OA/CTS contract, we provide ranged from small businesses to large, Fortune 500 companies
Outreach, Admissions, and Career Transition Services to Job and many expressed interest in our Work-Based Learning
Corps Centers in 6 New England states. On April 26-29, program or hiring our graduates.”
Edison Job Corps Center held an Automotive Conference OA/CTS - Medina County Partnership
that was attended by 8 regional Centers. The United Auto Medina is a 2,000 sq. mile Ohio county with a population of
Workers sponsored event featured in-depth nearly 175,000 people and a 9% unemployment rate. The
training and workshops that benefited both County recently agreed to aggressively promote Job Corps
instructors and students. Contract Program recruiting efforts in multiple agencies that include public
Director, Larry Bennett (right) was one of the schools and colleges, Employment Development, Veteran’s
featured instructors. Services, Chamber of Commerce, and others, such as
The highlight of the week-long event was the Workforce and Development’s project NextStep which began
student competition to repair a hybrid vehicle. featuring Job Corps orientations in their monthly meetings.
With no instructors allowed in the building, students were
on their own for the 2-part race against time that started Mississippi Job Corps Center
with a computer-based test and ended with the actual Community Garden
repair of a hybrid automobile. Our students used the orga- The full-size greenhouse located in a remote area of the
nizational skills and knowledge they’ve gained through campus showed signs of years of neglect but recent interest
their Job Corps training and, in the end, the teams from in Health, the Environment, and Recycling led to the formation
Edison, Northlands, and Loring JCCs were triumphant. of MSJCC’s “Green
Safety Conference Team” and their
DEL-JEN’s NE OA/CTS Safety Committee held a luncheon and first project, “The
webinar in Shrewsbury as part of April’s Safety Week activities. Community
For those who Garden.” With the
couldn’t attend the help of Mississippi
event in person, State University
it was also broad- Extension, the
cast via webcam. greenhouse will be totally restored, upgraded, and filled with
Topics discussed a bounty of vegetable plants.
included Office Professor Richard Snyder met with the team early in the year
Safety, Defensive to impart his expertise in greenhouse climate control, soil,
Driving, and other ventilation, composting, irrigation, seeding, and all the
issues. factors required to make a state-of-the-art greenhouse.
Earth Day, Every Day
Ohio OA/CTS News Mississippi Job Corps Center joined the global Earth Day cel-
Chamber of Commerce Colleagues ebration on April 22nd with programs
Representatives from 35 local businesses, both large and and events to educate, inspire, and
small, attended the May 12th new member orientation entertain our students. Electrical
at the Columbus, OH Chamber of Commerce to Trades took the opportunity to
establish valuable contacts with the community replace campus fluorescent lighting
and to learn how they can benefit from part- with low-wattage T8 bulbs and bal-
nering with Job Corps. CT Specialist, Toure lasts to reduce the Center’s carbon
Young, stated, “This was a great experience, footprint and reduce electrical
both professionally and personally. Attendees consumption. 5
Shown below are the winners of the art contest that cap- Kittrell Job Corps Center News
tured the imagination and creative spirit of our students. January 28: Having served the students at Kittrell JCC for
over 15 years, Business & Community Liaison, Joan Robinson
was honored at a full staff meeting with a plaque and gift by
Center Director, Arvin Lane for her outstanding history.
Robinson is responsible for outreach to policy makers, media,
and the community. She hosts Center tours, organizes workshops
and special events, coordinates community service projects,
and chairs the Industry and Community Relations Councils.
Horses for the Handicapped Her “hands-on” approach will regularly
Horses for the Handicapped® is a non-profit organization find her with the students picking up
dedicated to brightening the lives of young people through trash along Highway 1, collecting
interaction and activities centered around horses. Studies donations for charity, or manning a
have proven that “animal assisted therapy” provides psy- booth at a career fair (shown at left).
chological benefits that include tactile stimulation, stress She’s a well-known face at the offices
reduction, and reduced feelings of isolation while providing of N. Carolina Congressmen and Senators
an emotional outlet that may not be available to children in and keeps KJCC in the hearts and
a hospital bed. minds of the local community through
For the 4-day her media-savvy press releases that helped earn KJCC an “Above
April event, and Beyond” award at this year’s NJCA Policy Forum (top, pg. 7).
Director, Donna March 19: This year’s Spring Graduation ceremony saw 45
Short and nine young men and women making the transition from student
MSJCC student to skilled professional as, one-by-one, they proudly walked
volunteers ran onto the stage to accept their diploma. Each graduate had
the five horse- completed a Career Technical Trade, earned either a HS
drawn wagon diploma or GED, had their state driver’s license, and com-
rides that saw over 1,600 youngsters having the time of their pleted 210 hours of Work Based Learning.
lives at the Fair Grounds in Jackson, MS. Award-winning hair stylist, entrepreneur, and Job Corps
alumnus, Eric Cheek was
Industry Council Meeting guest speaker who con-
The Q1 2010 meeting of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) gratulated the grads
was an important one, setting the pace for the rest of the and encouraged them to
year in regards to the amount of support and participation continue to work hard
local businesses, agencies, and unions would be providing toward their educational
to our Career Technical Training. or career goals.
were addressed, April 19: This year’s Earth Day celebration was organized by
including the the Center’s “Green
status of the Committee” who organized
local labor market, a day’s worth of events,
employment workshops, and activities
opportunities, to educate, entertain,
and specific educational requirements. A Q&A session also and inspire our staff and
allowed student representatives from all Trades to ask students.
questions specific to their areas of concern.
KJCC Student Success
“Bill” was not happy with his life. He’d dropped out of school and after a long series of dead-end, low-paying jobs,
he was now unemployed. His family could no longer support him and at age 24 he “couldn’t see a way out.”
Luckily, he bumped into the principal from his former Middle School who told him about the Job Corps Program. Bill made
the call and a helpful O&A Counselor set up a tour, helped him complete the registration paperwork, and, at age 24, Bill
was soon enrolled in the program.
He took his education very seriously - completing 210 hours of work-based learning; obtaining a Career Technical Trade
in Business Administration; earned his Internet & Computing Core Certification (IC3); and even got his state Driver’s
License. Bill served on the Recreation Aide Program, served as Secretary of the SGA Executive Board, was the Center
Standard Incentive Officer Leader, and was an active member of the Community Service Club. Upon earning his HS diploma,
he immediately volunteered to mentor his peers and, we just learned he has been
accepted at TCU/IAM Advanced Training Program in Texas.
During Kittrell’s quarterly Community Relations Council Meeting on March 9th, Bill
addressed the Council with an inspiring speech on “How Kittrell Job Corps Center
Changed My Life.” In attendance was DEL-JEN Director of Operations, Eunice Johnson,
who got to chat with Bill and congratulate him in person during the specially-prepared
lunch from the Culinary Arts group.
DEL-JEN Centers Win NJCA Recognition
DEL-JEN Education & Training Group President, David Stout had reason to be proud during the March 21-24 National
Job Corps Association Policy Forum. The resulting letter of thanks sent to his staff expressed his heart-felt gratitude:
Every year, the NJCA develops twelve Outreach activities in four different categories. Centers are tasked to complete each
activity and generate reports detailing the outcome. For 2009, only 65 of the total 123 Centers completed their tasks.
Kittrell and Mississippi JCC’s were also recipients of “Above and Beyond
Awards”; Kittrell for “Best Media Coverage” of “Job Corps Day - 45 Years
of Building Lives and Launching Careers (Rural Center)”, and Mississippi
for “Most Improved Center/Going Beyond the Call of Duty.” Only seven
of these awards were handed out and DEL-JEN is proud to have received
two of the prestigious awards.
Accepting the award for KJCC was Business & Community Liaison (BCL),
Joan Robinson. While in D.C., Joan the opportunity to visit N. Carolina
Carolina Congressional Representatives Bob Etheridge, Brad Miller, and
G.K. Butterfield to personally thank them for their support of the Job
Corps Program and to discuss other relevant matters. Center Director,
Charlotte McGowan accepted MSJCC's trophy with Business & Community Liaison, Dan Davis.
Albuquerque Job Corps Center BCL, Dr. Emily Salazar also took to the streets to chat with her state’s Representatives,
visiting the offices of Congressman Ben R. Lujan and Senator Jeff Bingaman and meeting with Congressmen Martin
Heinrich and Harry Teague to discuss the Program, funding, “green” initiatives, partnering, and other concerns.
Pictured above, L to R: David Stout (President, DEL-JEN Education & Training Group), Charlotte McGowan (Center
Director, MSJCC), Joan Robinson (BCL, KJCC), Eunice Johnson and Lana Kite (E&T Group Directors of Operations).
April 23: Global Youth Services Day (GYSD) is a 3-day, inter- March 17: Facility Maintenance students and staff spent a
national event that mobilizes millions of young people in day in the sun during a commu-
over 100 countries to improve their communities. As nity service project at South
they’ve been doing since GYSD began, Kittrell Job Corps Henderson Park gathering
Center had an impressive turnout of volunteer students and debris, trash, and sticks that
staff - 52 in all - who cleaned-up a huge section of Hwy. 1, have accumulated over the past
assisted with operations at local Head Start Centers, and/or few months. At the end of the
participated in the Henderson/Vance Spring Litter Sweep. day, recyclable products were
At the end of the day, volunteers were rewarded with a special recycled.
appreciation dinner sponsored by St. Louis Rams offensive May 6: KJCC started National Prayer Day with a Prayer
lineman, Jason Brown, a native of neighboring Henderson, NC. Breakfast catered by the Culinary Arts students and
sponsored by Mayor Pete O’Geary and several local churches.
Later in the day, KJCC invited staff and students to
gather at the Center’s flag pole for a session attended
by Community partners and area ministers.
Albuquerque JCC Opens G-20 Summit
When leaders from around the world converged on Washington D.C. to take part in the G-20 Summit on April 20th, they were
greeted by a sculpture created by AJCC students.
The G-20 (Group of Twenty) was established in 1999 to bring together advanced and emerging economies
to discuss key issues in the global economy. During the G-20 Leaders Meeting held Sep. 20-21, 2009 in
Pittsburgh, President Obama proposed that the group focus on employment issues by having its Labor
and Employment Ministers take part in an upcoming 2010 meeting hosted by Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis.
Secretary Solis, who had spent a day touring the campus in June of 2009, approved the National Job
Corps' commissioning of our welding and advanced welding classes to create a sculpture depicting an
environmental “one world” theme using nothing but recycled materials.
With only a few months to complete the project, the whole campus got involved in one way or another. Plans were drawn-
up for both the full-size sculpture and a desk-top version for Secretary Solis. Materials were collected from classroom
scrap and salvage yards and soon, welding started on production of the six foot tall globe.
Simultaneously, Carpentry Trades created an oak base for the table-top version as
Electrical designed solar lighting systems that would illuminate the globes from
within. The on-campus School of Integrated Academics and Technology (SIATech)
was given the task of designing the stainless steel continents that needed to form to
the curved surface of the globe.
Students put in long hours, often starting before sunrise and working into the
evening. “Creation of this globe and its documentation is a life-changing event for
the students involved,” stated Center Director, Stacey Cooley. Welding instructor, Bill Casias added, “It has been a great
opportunity for the students to demonstrate their talents as artists as well as welders - what they’ve designed and built
will be displayed in the nation’s capital is truly an accomplishment for each individual on many levels.”
After the steel globe was complete - it’s seams smoothed out and sand-
blasted to give it a smooth, rusted patina - the globe was lowered onto the
decorative welded base, SIATech’s continents were attached, and
Electrical’s solar-powered lighting installed, everyone just stood around
the globe and smiled, proud of the part they’d played in it’s creation.
Welding student, Wendelle C. stated, “I am honored to be part of this project
as I’m the only Native American female welder who worked on it. I’m so
very grateful I chose welding because it has changed my life - it’s the best skill to have and a great
job for women.”
Student foreman, Burton T. remarked, “Working on this project was awesome and I’m honored to
have been part of it. Before coming to AJCC I was trying to find a good job. I wanted to set an
example for my brothers and sisters and make my parents proud of me. Welding is now my passion!
I love it!”
They didn’t have long to admire their creation before the 1,500 pound sculpture had to be crated
up for the 1,900 mile trip to D.C. where the full size globe came to rest in the foyer of the Frances
Perkins Labor Department Building, greeting the dignitaries and attendees of the G-20 Summit.
Presentation of the desktop version of the globe was made in-person to Secretary Solis who, in an
April 22nd Earth Day web chat, mentioned the sculpture and AJCC.
AJCC Advanced Welding Program Update
Albuquerque Job Corps Center is currently the only Center to offer it’s own on-Center Advanced Welding Program. Centers
across the country are able to send Welding Trades graduates to AJCC
for the “next step” in their education. To meet the demands for real-
world training, the program is constantly being evaluated and updated.
Recently, a 35-foot high welding practice tower was built so students
could experience what it’s like to tie-off and work up 3-stories above
The first level is for practicing flat (1G) or horizontal (2G) welds, the
second level for vertical (3G) welding practice, and the third, for over-
head (4G), pipe fixed horizontal (5G), or pipe
fixed 45° (6G) welding. Working on the tower gets
students used to wearing Personal Protective
Equipment while working, acclimates them to
working above the ground, and provides a
visual reference to their accomplishments as
they climb to the next level.