San Jose, CA (August 30) — A total of 117 students from San Jose Job Corps graduated today during its 1st National Job Corps Commencement Exercises held at the Quad with Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves as guest speaker.
Of the 117, North New Summit High School’s New Learning Resources Online (NLRO) at San Jose Job Corps graduated 12 students; 19 graduated from John Muir High School at SJJC; the School for Integrated Academics and Technology (SIATech), also at SJJC, graduated 37; and 49 from San Jose Job Corps’ GED Department.
Esteves addressed not only the 117 graduates from San Jose, but all the 60,000 graduates being honored simultaneously with San Jose, coming from 124 Job Corps Centers all over the country. This is the first national commencement exercises held by Job Corps in compliance with the Department of Labor’s directive. Job Corps is a federal program under the Department of Labor (DOL) offering at promise students ages 16 to 24 the chance to earn their high school, GED, and trade.
Considering that most of the graduates are immigrants, Esteves shared his experiences as an immigrant to the US. Esteves emphasized, “You got the dreams, you got the tools, and now you need to act sooner, not later, to be able to succeed!”
He further explained that getting honors is great but honor always comes with responsibility. “You have to be responsible… The future is in your hands… go for it!” Esteves said.
A message from Congressman Mike Honda, was read by Congressional Aide Ashley Royal-Reid. Honda congratulated the graduates and welcomed them. “It is with great pleasure that I welcome all of you… My office will always extend support to the national Job Corps program…”.
Speaking in behalf of the graduates of 2011, John Muir High School graduate Daisy Garcia said. “… this is just the start. Graduation is not the end but the beginning of a brand new world… Our dedications and sacrifices we did today are not easy but… if there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Other guests and officials who graced the occasion were Brian Daher, Job Corps Regional Director, Region 6, who delivered the closing remarks; Center Director Leslie Gilroy who presented the diplomas to the graduates; Deputy Center Director Chris Allen who officiated the turning of the tassels of the graduates; Career Development Director Philip George who emceed the ceremonies; Paul Hay, Superintendent of Metropolitan Education District (MetroEd); Gregory “Greg” Burden, President of Owl Company; and John Fox, Director, Central County Occupational Center (CCOC), among others.