Death of Close Friend Changed His Life But Job Corps Brought New Hope

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Trinquenski Hicks works for the City of Albany, Georgia. Part of his responsibilities include working closely with the mayor and county commissioners. He’s the first and only legislative assistant in the city of Albany and has been there for nine years.

“It’s the first time in life,” says Trinquenski, “that I wake up and I don’t think that it’s a job. I go into work every day smiling.”

Trinquenski got As in high school and attended college…but a tragic life event put him on a different path.

“I lost a good friend back in 2005 and ended up leaving college.”

He had one child then and wasn’t making ends meet.

“I felt like I needed to do better.”

He started looking for new opportunities.

“And the first thing that came up was Job Corps.”

But there was a waiting list. So, he was just about to go back to college when he got a call from a woman at Job Corps.

“She said she could get me in within the next couple of weeks.”

And so Job Corps it was. He attended the Turner center in Albany and studied desktop publishing.

“My experience was great. I still have friends that I talk to every day from there. It’s made the difference in the person that I could have been to the person that I am right now. Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done if it hadn’t been for Job Corps.”

Now Trinquenski has the money to care for his three children and he credits Job Corps.

“I think that without it a lot of people like me wouldn’t get the second chance that they need. I went from a job that, before I went to Job Corps, that barely paid for me, then I went to a job that could support my kids.”