A Big Welcome for Students Returning to Earle C. Clements Job Corps
Soon after the COVID-19 Pandemic hit in early 2020, students at all Job Corps centers were sent home for break. As the pandemic set in, the Department of Labor, which administers the Job Corps program, moved to a temporary distance-learning program to keep everyone safe. For the past year, students have been studying and learning from home.
Now, as the vaccine makes its way to more and more people, some Job Corps centers are beginning to allow students back on center.
Staff at the MTC-operated Earle C. Clements Job Corps in Morganfield, Kentucky recently began welcoming students back to their beautiful campus.
Students shared their feelings of excitement and optimism.
“I am so excited to see everyone!” shared one student.
Another student said, “I am happy to come back to complete my skills.”
“It was difficult to study at home,” said yet another student returning to the Earle C. Clements campus.
Students returned to elated, socially distanced staff, cheering and waving welcome signs.
Centers for Disease and Control Prevention guidelines are in place for all students and staff including Covid-19 testing.
“We are excited to have our students return to the center,” says Center Director Amanda Curry.
The center has continued to train students remotely via distance learning over the last year, ensuring they continue to receive the training and services needed.
Students will gradually continue returning to center, with current plans to accept groups of 25 students every three weeks.
Amanda adds, “Returning to in-person learning over the next few weeks is an exciting endeavor.”