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Serving Others and Building a Career All in One: Charleston Job Corps Helps Expand Local Habitat for Humanity

When students volunteer their time to community projects, it’s a service project and career builder all in one.

Students in the carpentry and painting programs at the Charleston Job Corps Center in West Virginia are tearing down old office space to make way for a bigger and better Habitat for Humanity ReStore location, where they sell donated items to support Habitat’s mission of building homes for low-income families.

“It’s a great opportunity. I plan to come here and get everything that I need and just graduate from Job Corps,” says Zyquan Gray, a carpentry student.

“[Job Corps has] built character. It’s built responsibility on top of existing responsibility. It’s helped me realize what I want to do for work,” says student Colt Hammond.

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Colt Hammond (right) with Andy Blackwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity.

Angel Martin is in the painting program at Charleston Job Corps. “We paint this wall. And I’m currently working on one of the education rooms.”

This service project is giving her good experience. One day, she wants to paint buildings high in the sky. “Like my dream is to be up on a tall building, a skyscraper, painting. And being able to look down to see the scenery,” she says.

Three great students…all with the goal of building new careers and making life better for themselves…thanks to Job Corps.

“Yeah, it’s nice to be able to actually go out and do some of the real work,” Zyquan says. “It’s going to help me get into UBC, United Brotherhood of Carpenters. And after that, I’m just going to just going to work the rest of my life and not have to worry about money again.”

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Zyquan Gray (right) with fellow Charleston Job Corps student.