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Gary Job Corps students assisting with the clean-up efforts in Bastrop. PHOTO via GARY JOB CORPS

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This month, more than 500 Gary Job Corps students assisted with the clean-up of the devastating fire that destroyed 1,386 homes covering 35,000 acres in Bastrop, Texas. Joining the estimated 3 million people who participated in “Make A Difference Day” activities nationwide, Gary Job Corps also conducted highway and park clean-ups, assisted at local food bank, and fundraising for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Austin.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps is the nation’s oldest and largest residential job training program for economically-disadvantaged young people ages 16-24. Last year, 11,598 Job Corps students and staff across the United States participated in “Make A Difference Day” projects. This October marks the 10th consecutive year Gary Job Corps participated in Make A Difference Day.

“Gary students are committed partners in the greater San Marcos area that includes San Antonio and Austin, Texas,” said Lonnie Hall, Gary Job Corps Center Director. “As Center Director of the Gary Job Corps Community, I am very proud of the work that the students do in our community on a daily basis. I am extremely pleased to announce that our students participated in a large number of community projects during the Make a Difference Day. On a weekly basis, you will find Gary students working with community leaders on viable community projects that benefit the community at large. Gary students know the value of giving back to our community because they have been the recipients of so many good deeds from staff, DOL and others; therefore, Make a Difference Day is everyday at Gary and not a one time celebration. I invite each of you to visit Gary and check out our S.W.A.G. (Students With Ambitions and Goals)!”

Over the last 47 years, Job Corps has provided opportunities to more than 2 million economically-disadvantaged young Americans. The organization’s voluntary education and job training program offers vocational, academic and social skills training to students at 125 centers nationwide. For more information on Job Corps, visit http://jobcorps.dol.gov or call (512) 396-6966.

Gary Job Corps student volunteers performing highway clean-up outside the Gary Center. PHOTO via GARY JOB CORPS

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