Medina Journal-Register — GAINES — So just what is the Iroquois Job Corps? Tuesday night, a number of Orleans County legislators, supervisors, and town board trustees found out at a meeting in the Town of Gaines.
Business and Community Liaison Melinda Maedl spoke to the group about the corps, located on Tibbets Road in Medina.
Maedl said the corps serves youth across not only the GLOW region (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming Counties) but all of New York State. The facility helps to provide young adults ages 16 to 24 with “employability” skills and steers them toward becoming productive citizens.
Maedl said the “three ‘e’s’” are part of the focus among the Iroquois Job Corps staff and students. Those e’s are employment, enrollment in college, or enlistment in the military.
The program, she said, is self-paced as students enter with a plan custom made for their individual needs. There is a selection process to go through, involving a background check. Maedl said students need to meet certain guidelines before enrolling in the program.
Students who enroll can learn a trade either in construction or the health care field. Hands-on experience both on and off the center grounds is part of the instructional process, Maedl said.
Other students attend the Iroquois Job Corps to earn their GED or get a drivers license.
The center also helps create an environment in which students learn the skills that will enable them to keep their jobs.
Two such students shared their unique stories with the elected officials Tuesday night.
Ashley Henderson, 20, of Rochester, said the Iroquois Job Corps helped her turn her life around. She said her childhood family problems led to her dropping out of high school because she could not focus. “All I could think about was the stuff going on at home,” she recalled.