Job Corps Really Works!: Terrellus Davenport’s Success Story
“Job Corps was a great choice,” says Terrellus Davenport, a student at the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center in Morganfield, KY. “I learned a lot. I learned how to use my hands and how to do things myself.”
After graduating high school in Mississippi, 18-year-old Terrellus enrolled in the tile setting program at Earle C. Clements Job Corps. “My parents were both very supportive, and it was my mother’s idea to send me to Job Corps.”
An 18-year-old that listens to his parents!
Terrellus goes on, “Mom and Dad know best…most of the time.”
Terrellus attributes part of his success to the staff at Job Corps, who showed him kindness and respect as he completed his training program.
“The staff were great,” he says. “They were very caring people and will give you time out of their day to help you with anything.”
Terrellus also really enjoyed and learned a lot during his work-based learning experience (internship) at Unique Tile in Evansville, IN. “Working with Unique Tile has been a great learning experience [as I get] hands-on work in the field.”
Terrellus’ boss, Marco Lynch, had a lot of good things to say about his intern.
“He is such a great worker. He sits back, he pays attention, and he listens. So, he’s a great guy. I have had no issues with him. In fact, he going to be leaving me in about two-and-a-half weeks. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m going to have to go back to Job Corps and tell them to send me another student. But he is a great guy.”
Tellellus is excited to move back home and put his training to work. He says he has a whole new outlook. “In the future, I want to own my own business, sort of like Unique. I like what they’re doing down here and I would like to have something like that in the future.”