Hawaii Job Corps Ranked Second Nationally

An incredible year for the Hawaii Job Corps Center.

“Congratulations Hawaii Job Corps,” says Hawaii State Senator Laura Thielen, “on being ranked…in the nation for all the Job Corps programs. That is just an awesome, awesome ranking! And you deserve it.”

Hawaii was tied for second in the nation out of 125 Job Corps centers for the latest program year which is July 2017 to June 2018.

The news even caught the attention of Congress.

“I’m really pleased to know that this Job Corps, here in Waimanalo,” adds U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, “is ranked at the very top out of more than 100 Job Corps across the country. We’re one of the very best. And that’s a real point of pride for all of us in Hawaii.”

Including those who have gone through the program.

“Respect is huge on campus,” says graduate Ruwe Jibas, “because staff treat us with respect and therefore we reciprocate that respect. It also ties in with our Aloha spirit which allows us to form strong bonds with each other which will help us in the workplace.”

So, what does that mean to be ranked second in the nation?

It means that more than 85 percent of all graduates are placed in jobs, higher education or the military.

More than 81 percent leave the center with industry-recognized certifications.

And on average starting wage is $12.26 an hour.

“One of the things that I think is so important about Job Corps is that it provides opportunities for people who may not want a four-year higher education but really want to improve their lives and do better economically for their selves and for their families,” adds Senator Schatz.

State Senator Laura Thielen says Job Corps fills a vital role.

“We need skilled and trained people in Hawaii.”

Local community supporters say they’re grateful to have Hawaii Job Corps in their backyard.

Honolulu Police Department Community Policing Officer Bernie Canite says, “This program has all the tools necessary for success: a high school diploma, job training, job placement and the guidance to future college education.”

Catherine Sato, who’s with the Bank of Hawaii, adds, “I support Hawaii Job Corps because one person at a time we can make a difference as we get folks to become wonderful community contributors.”

“What Job Corps does,” concludes Senator Schatz, “is that it’s really practical and it’s really realistic. And it allows people to get the kind of skills to be successful in life.”