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Turner Job Corps 8th Annual Commencement Day




Turner Job Corps Center, Students, Staff, Supporters Celebrate 8th Annual National Job Corps Commencement Day

Wednesday February 6, 2019

For Immediate Release

Turner Job Corps Center joined 125 Job Corps centers across the country to celebrate the 8th Annual “National Job Corps Commencement Day” ceremony Friday February 8, 2019 at 1pm to congratulate the Job Corps students who showed Job Corps Works! by completing the program this year.

Recent Job Corps graduates employed in Georgia, employer partners, local policymakers, community leaders, family members and many others recognized these students’ achievements and the investment they made in their futures and community.

“Our people are our future and our passion resource,” said Kenneth Cutts, Sanford Bishop Congressional District Director, the keynote speaker at Turner Job Corps Center’s ceremony.

Turner Job Corps Center is one of 125 Job Corps centers located across the country. A unique national program, Job Corps offers underserved youth a set of diverse academic opportunities and career pathways tailored to meet the needs of business and industry. Each year, Job Corps gives tens of thousands of youth a second chance to complete their education and advance into careers, higher education or the military.

Job Corps has served more than 3 million out-of-work young adults and underserved youth nationally. Many are high-school dropouts or public-assistance recipients, and Job Corps helps them become active contributors to their communities.

“Remember the road traveled and step into your glory!” said William Coleman, the center’s director.

Local business leaders attended the ceremony at Turner Job Corps Center to support a program that benefits the local economy. The average Job Corps center supports 228 local jobs, and every dollar invested in Job Corps returns almost $2 to the local economy. Nationally, the 125 Job Corps centers support about 30,000 jobs, the vast majority of which are with private businesses.

Local community members who have worked with Job Corps volunteers also joined the celebration to congratulate many of their student volunteers. Job Corps students and staff work with local community-based organizations and nonprofits, logging many hours of volunteer service every year. For example, Turner Job Corps Center students collaborate with Open Arms Inc, Albany Housing Authority, The City of Albany, Boys & Girl Club of America, and Albany Technical College to provide needed services to Dougherty County Community.

“The 8th Annual National Job Corps Commencement Day is a very special day for our program,” said National Job Corps Association Executive Director Greg Roberts. “The Job Corps community – our students, their families, center staff, operators, community leaders, employer partners and supporters – worked hard to transform futures that will lead to a lifetime of preparation and success.  The devotion of our community is why Job Corps has such strong bipartisan support in Congress and why it continues to be the most successful job training program for America’s underserved youth.”


Melvin Drake, 229-319-3436,

Brendan O’Hara, National Job Corps Association,

Red Lobster


 Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, Red Lobster! Red Lobster offers full-service casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere serving a wide selection of seafood, including lobster, shrimp, snow crab, and more. They also offer options for our land-lovers, including our flavorful NY Strip and a delicious Cajun Chicken Linguini Alfredo.

When asked what sets Red Lobster apart Damian Skinner, General Manager explains, “Everything we do is a celebration of seafood – from how we source our fish and shellfish to serving up new ways for you to enjoy it. Since 1968, we’ve been committed to bringing you a seafood experience you won’t find anywhere else. That’s how we Sea Food Differently.”

For more information on Red Lobster visit:

Red Lobster

2403 N Slappey Blvd

Albany, Georgia 31701

Contact: Damian Skinner



Watson Spence LLP

Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, Watson Spence LLP! Founded in 1948; Watson Spence, LLP is approaching its 71st year providing broad, high quality legal services, Attorneys, Mediation, Government Affairs and more.

Chris Foreman, contact, explains, “We have 70 years of building an unparalleled reputation for excellence and have forged relationships with our clients, the business community, our community at large, and the bench and bar. The diversity of our practice and breadth of experience has provided the platform to serve clients throughout the State of Georgia, U.S and globally. We offer the business community high quality services that can be accessed locally.”

For more information on Watson Spence LLP visit:

Watson Spence LLP

320 West Residence Avenue

Albany, Georgia 31701

Contact: Chris Foreman




Albany Body Works

Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, Albany Body Works! Albany Body Works has been in business for 40 years, offering auto body repair services to the Albany area. Brian Duren, Owner, explains “at Albany Body Works customer service is number one priority. We have the best technicians in the business.”

For more information on Albany Body Works visit:


Albany Body Works

 1219 Gillionville Road

Albany, Georgia 31707





Thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts for furnishing our Star Businesses donuts each week

Courtyard by Marriott

Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, Courtyard by Marriott! Courtyard by Marriott has been open for 50 years, offering services including hospitality, lodging, catering, meeting spaces, board room, restaurant, lounge areas including pool, lobby, fitness center, and business center.

Courtyard by Marriott has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for ten years. Andrew Lee, General Manager explains, “Marriott Brand hotels are innovative catering to our unique guests especially the business professional. We have an extensive membership program that our guests enjoy and we offer great benefits to our valued employees. We take pride in everything we do here at the Courtyard.”

For more information on Courtyard by Marriott visit:


Courtyard by Marriott Albany

 3019 Kensington Court

Albany, Georgia 31721



Thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts for furnishing our Star Businesses donuts each week

109TH Annual Meeting

January 24, 2019 | Hilton Garden Inn Albany
Reception: 6 p.m.
Dinner & Program: 7 p.m.
Join the Albany Area Chamber as we celebrate the accomplishments of 2018 and look ahead at 2019. It’s our night to shine the spotlight on the Chamber’s members who have worked to make a positive impact on Albany-Dougherty County and the Albany Area.
Join us as we honor 2018 Chamber Chair Tammy McCrary, of Comnet Technical Solutions, who passes the leadership torch to 2019 Chamber Chair Scott Tomlinson, of Flint Community Bank.
Awards will be presented and volunteers will be recognized. Don’t miss out; register today.