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Latest graduates say goodbye to Job Corps

Jan 29, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

Thirty-two students walked at the latest graduation of the Wind River Job Corps. For many of the graduates, it was a bittersweet moment.

"I hate endings like this," student speaker Fernando Cly said. "But leaves fall. We close the book. It's time that we say goodbye to a part of us."

Others expressed astonishment and pride in what they managed to accomplish.

"When I came here, I never thought I would graduate high school," said Micheal Carter, who not only earned certification in heavy equipment mechanics but his diploma too.

Keynote speaker Jane Marquadt, a vice chair of the center's parent company, Management and Training Corporation, urged graduates to ensure that this milestone would be the first of many.

"It's like exercising a muscle. Each time you get stronger and it gets easier," she said.

The graduates were represented by nine trades, including heavy equipment mechanics, heavy equipment operator, petroleum techinician, office adminstration, accounting, heavy truck driving, electrical, carpentry and building construction technology.

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