See How One Sierra Nevada Student isn’t Letting the Pandemic Keep Him From His Goals
The dusty desert town of Pahrump, Nevada lies 400 miles due south of the Sierra Nevada Job Corps Center in Reno. Pahrump was home to 20-year-old Hipolito Lopez before he came to Job Corps in August 2019 to study to become an electrician and to start a new chapter in his life. Fast forward to now: Hipolito has been back home on extended leave for the last six months due to the pandemic, but Hipolito has a plan, and Covid-19 isn’t going to derail him. Fortunately, students can continue learning through Job Corps’ distance-learning program.
“To be honest,” he says, “it’s hard to go to work on a computer when you are staying at home. At first, I had to force myself, but It’s easier now. I work every day on my HBI [Home Builders Institute] modules. I have just a few left to do. When I finish the electrical sections, I’ll concentrate on solar. Distance Learning is important because it will allow me to finish training quicker, so I can go get a good job with great money a lot sooner.”
Hipolito started looking for a job fresh out of high school.
“I didn’t have much luck. For me, I found it was more of a “who you know” game than anything else. I was getting frustrated. Then, my friend Omar, a Job Corps graduate, recommended the program to me. It was difficult leaving my family and friends, but I wanted to find the better me at Job Corps, and I have succeeded. I haven’t looked back.”
Hipolito clearly sees the value of the Job Corps program.
“Job Corps is quite an experience. It’s worth your while to go…Job Corps not only teaches a trade, it teaches people self-control, manners, and self-sufficiency.”