Amistad Knox, a 2018 graduate of Mt. Healthy City Schools, had no idea a year ago that he would be where he is today. In fact, a year ago, he was just trying to finish high school. However, he heard about a program where he could gain job training for free and have a career for his future in about six months. That program is Job Corps, which offers career technical training and educational services for students who qualify.
Amistad is taking classes and training to pursue a career in Culinary Arts. He recognizes all the opportunities that are now open to him through this job training. Since beginning the program in May, immediately following his graduation from Mt. Healthy, he has excelled. His goal for the next year is to advance with more training in Culinary Arts, so he might gain a restaurant chef position in Disney World. He plans to attend another Job Corps in San Francisco to further his skills in November when he finishes his program in Cincinnati. Amistad credits Mr. DeLair, his teacher at Mt. Healthy High School, for encouraging him and pushing him to pursue a career in which sparked his passion. “Without Mr. DeLair, I wouldn’t have gotten into Job Corps, and I wouldn’t be doing what I love,” he said.
For Amistad, his passion is cooking for groups of people. Over the summer, he worked through Job Corps preparing meals for Diamond Club customers at Cincinnati Reds’ baseball games as well as VIP members at Cincinnati Bengals’ football games. Those opportunities would not have been possible for Amistad without the training and assistance of Job Corps. He shared these lessons in addition to cooking for his former fellow classmates on a recent visit to Mt. Healthy High School. Some of the dishes he is proud to say he has made include shrimp and grits, filleted and baked salmon, and grilled and baked lamb. Amistad explained this opportunity also gave him the chance to try new foods that he wouldn’t otherwise have eaten.
Lessons in which he learned at Mt. Healthy High School that he has carried with him are “never settle for less” and “always feel that you can depend on someone.” He says of Job Corps that they impress on the students the importance of taking their career and job training seriously. “They don’t put up with fooling around,” he said.
Amistad’s story is just one of the many stories that we will be sharing this year as we focus on the success of our students here at Mt. Healthy City Schools. In short this is a reminder that our goal is your success!
Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. The Job Corps program is authorized by Title I-C of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (supersedes WIA 1998).
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