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Charleston Job Corps Helps Student Overcome Challenges of the Past

Christian Abacan is studying network cabling at the Charleston Job Corps Center in West Virginia. But Christian reminds us that his passion for technology goes much deeper than a desire for a good career. “I’ve been on my own since I was 17.”

When Christian was younger, he had some very negative experiences online. That’s why he decided to go into cybersecurity. He says he believes he could make a difference and protect innocent people.

“So, I came to Job Corps, hoping that I can get out of my shell and be able to overcome some of the boundaries that stopped me,” he says.

STILLS Christian Abacan
Christian Abacan, Job Corps student.

And thanks to Charleston Job Corps, Christian is in the cybersecurity program at Bridge Valley Community and Technical College where he’s at the top of his class.

He’s had some incredible experiences since enrolling in Job Corps. “I got to meet with NASA, the FBI, [and the] NSA – it was pretty fun.”

STILLS Christian Abacan
Christian Abacan, Job Corps student.

Christian says Job Corps has opened so many doors for him, and thanks to his instructors and other staff, he’s learned many valuable lessons. “Life is just more than worrying about what other people think about you or worrying about if the next person is going to hurt you.”