Josh Mitts is a recent graduate of Angell Job Corps Center in Yachats, Ore. During challenging times, Mitts found himself going down the wrong path. But after moving from his hometown in Arizona, a fresh start awaited him through the Job Corps program.
How has Job Corps changed your life?
Job Corps has given me a clean opportunity to succeed in life. It has made me think about why I need a good job and why I need to be positive. They give you so much at Job Corps. They give you knowledge and opportunity to make something of yourself. In addition, residential life taught me that it is time to grow up. No more childish things. No matter what I do, I’m going to have to work in life, so why not choose the job I want to do? The whole point of the program is to help you get a job and that’s exactly what I’m doing.
How has Job Corp changed you as a person?
I now wake up for work, am willing to work and want to work hard. If it wasn’t for Angell Job Corps and the opportunities the program offers, I would have never thought about attending college. Since graduating this past June, I‘ve enrolled in a power line apprenticeship program to trim trees from high-voltage power lines and will continue my educational development by attending Humboldt State University for Forestry.
What sparked your interest in conservation?
In my earlier years, I often went camping with my family. I really enjoyed camping, but I never really thought about trees. I never realized how complicated environmental processes are and the impact healthy trees have on society. I now know the importance of healthy trees and have a deeper appreciation for nature and the environment.
For someone who hasn’t heard of the Job Corps program, how would you describe the program to them?
I would say it is one of the greatest opportunities to give young adults who are looking to start their lives off right. They learn how to be responsible for themselves and develop employment skills. These steps provide key tools for future success in life and for staying out of trouble.
It’s a very responsible thing to do. But be ready to commit yourself to your future. Job Corps isn’t a place to slack off. Be dedicated to working hard every day. It’s a place to get serious about what you want to do, and to get serious about how you want to live your life.
The Angell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is one of 28 Civilian Conservation Centers operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Job Corps provides no-cost technical training to young people to create quality of life through career and academic training.