Congressman visits Vergennes campus

VERGENNES-U.S. Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont) was on a fact finding mission at Northlands Job Corps Academy last week.

Students and staff joined the congressman in a tour around the century old campus; they talked about the current career and educational opportunities offered to youth at Northlands.

Dale Nolan, social development manager at Northlands Job Corps Academy, talked to Welch about Job Corps' 45-year history as the nation's largest and most successful career technical training program for economically disadvantaged youth.

"Several main components helped Job Corps to be this successful, including the individual approach to each student's needs, hands-on learning experiences, and internships with real businesses from the area. Constant measurement of progress allows for rapid, precise and effective academic interventions, which increases greatly the success of our students, and helps with accountability."

During this visit, Welch met with the executive board of the Northlands Student Government Association, and several other students enrolled in the program. The students showed their dormitories, classrooms and trade shops to Congressman, explaining their daily routine and the rules at Northlands.

Students were able to meet Welch and share their experiences at Job Corps with him.

"I just love every day I spend here. I'm working on my LNA, I'm getting my GED and my driver's license," said Elsa Moreta, a student of Northlands. "It was a real honor for me to take such an important visitor on a tour of our campus!"

Welch was apparently impressed with the program and accepted to have a student from Northlands shadow in his office in Washington, D.C., later this month.

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