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Cassadaga Job Corps Center to mark 35th anniversary

August 19, 2013

CASSADAGA — On Aug. 22, 1978, a group of 26 young men and women stepped off a bus and into the hilly countryside of Cassadaga....

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Aug-20-13 8:54 AM

When I was there a group of federal marshals showed up and arrested one of our students, come to find out he was a contract killer from NYC and had joined Job Corp to hide out.

We found another student was wanted for arson, when he set fire to a couch, in one of the dorms, that another student was sleeping on.

The sadest part about what I saw there was that there were actually many good kids, who could get a huge benifit from the program, but it was tarnished by those who shouldn't have been accepted, or were kept simply to keep the student numbers up.

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Aug-19-13 8:58 PM

It would be interesting to find out the long term success rate of the program. Possibly by an organization not connected in any way interviewing past students to find out what they are doing today and how the program helped or didn't.

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Aug-19-13 2:55 PM

I’d rather my tax money be spent on training students who aren’t convicted criminals and don’t have a history of drug use rather than pouring money into training the ones who have already wasted taxpayer funded education opportunities. We don’t have a shortage of people who want free training, why are spending our resources on those with a proven track record of criminal behavior? This is a great way for New York City to ship their “troubled youth” problems upstate.

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Aug-19-13 12:37 PM

I along with my wife arranged a tour of the facility and we were both impressed,plumbing,carpentry,electrical,and pharmaceutical courses. Excellent program! Most of the students were from downstate drug infested neighborhoods in the city. Good discipline and strict rules they have to abide by to remain in the program.

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Aug-19-13 11:53 AM

I had the pleasure of working there in the early 80's as an RA. We worked tirelessly to help make the corpsmembers experience productive and safe. I have a friend whose daughter took the pharmacology program and is still working to this day in the program she trained in. It's a wonderful concept, and I'm proud to have been a part of it!

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Aug-19-13 10:33 AM

When I worked there in the late 80's and early 90's the bulk of job placements were to McDonalds, Arbys, or similar fast food places, and the retention rate after three months was something like 12%.

Hopefully things have improved over the years, and it's good to see them add nurses training, as that is something a student can move right into, unlike many of the older trades.

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Aug-19-13 8:56 AM

A great program. I'm sure it has helped a lot of people to a productive life.

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