20 students receive certificates from Hawaii Job Corps Center

Hawaii Job Corps Center held its winter commencement ceremony Nov. 8 on the Maunaloa campus. Twenty young men and women received certificates in trades such as culinary arts, facility maintenance, retail sales and business technologies. Maui County Council Member Gladys Baisa was the keynote speaker.

The valedictorian is Joylyn Masao, a culinary program graduate. Upon graduation from the Maui Job Corps, Masao had two jobs: a part-time job at the Grand Wailea and a full-time job at Tommy Bahama’s. She is now working full time at the Grand Wailea.

Other employer partners who employ Maui Job Corps graduates are Mama’s Fish House, Home Depot, Three’s Bar and Grill, Macy’s, Duduoit Landscaping Hale Makua, Kealani Resort, Mina’s Pharmacy and Maui Community College.

Job Corps is the nation’s largest federally funded job training and education program for youths ages 16 through 24.

For more information on the Job Corps program, call 579-6540.