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Job corps.... [message #820567] Mon, 25 September 2017 21:51 Go to next message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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Can anyone tell me more about Job Corps? Who is it geared toward? I've reviewed their website, but because it is a sales pitch, it is hard to discern their "target audience".

Ds is 18 and graduating from high school soon. Next year he will go to the States to start community college, but I am not confident he is really ready to be on his own (even with living with his sisters). But, I can't keep him here in Peru any longer either.

I am the least confident of his home school education and college prep because we have had to do so many work arounds to accommodate his dyslexia. I am very worried his laid back personality will keep him from being his own advocate at college. We will be too far away to help. It seems unreasonable to expect his sisters to "babysit" him because they have their own studies and responsibilities.

On the one hand, perhaps a sink or swim approach will help him "man up". On the other hand, perhaps he will drown. Crying or Very Sad

Any input on job corps for him or any other suggestions?

Honestly, I would feel more confident sending the next one in line to the States to be on his own and he is only 15. (it isn't going to happen, but I feel he is more ready).


In Him--Tracy
Re: Job corps.... [message #820568 is a reply to message #820567 ] Mon, 25 September 2017 22:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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Another option for him might be a PG year in a private high school. Perhaps more costly, but more structure for him...and some targeted help with his dyslexia.


Lisa T.
Re: Job corps.... [message #820569 is a reply to message #820568 ] Mon, 25 September 2017 22:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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We've looked into a few gap year programs. Unfortunately, it is not something we can afford. That is one reason why we are currently planning community college. We have a home where he can stay, and there is a lottery scholarship and financial aid, which leaves very little for us to cover. But, I don't feel confident in this direction. I am having trouble discerning if it is just me being a momma bear, or a real concern.

DH thinks I am overly concerned, but he is not involved in the day to day studies as I am and fought me on testing ds for dyslexia because he didn't think there was an issue, when in fact, it is rather severe.

All my other kids, I feel are on track to handle us in the mission field and them studying in the States. It is only this guy I have concerns about.


In Him--Tracy
Re: Job corps.... [message #820571 is a reply to message #820569 ] Tue, 26 September 2017 06:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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What about a year farm stay or the like? I had a friend who sent their son off to work on a cattle run for 18 months. He was quite immature, and oh wow, did that ever Grow Him Up. Wages were very (very) low, he did an apprenticeship type scheme, and got food/accomodation/training and a small stipend. The kid in question would have sunk in a higher ed environment at 18; at 20 he was much more grown up.
I'm sorry, I don't know any offerings like this in the US, but if you do find one (and it's a decent place) I can say it was very worthwhile for A.

What about something like Americorps?

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Re: Job corps.... [message #820572 is a reply to message #820571 ] Tue, 26 September 2017 07:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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WWOOF ... Worldwide organization of organic farmers is one kind of farmstay, for what it is worth. We also know young men who fish off the Alaskan coast. Very Happy


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: Job corps.... [message #820573 is a reply to message #820572 ] Tue, 26 September 2017 07:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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Sherry, you beat me to it...I was about to suggest WWOOF. I know a lot of high school kids who did that during a gap year. They all had great experiences!


Lisa T.
Re: Job corps.... [message #820577 is a reply to message #820573 ] Tue, 26 September 2017 10:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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Thanks ladies...I'm going to look into these....


In Him--Tracy
Re: Job corps.... [message #820578 is a reply to message #820577 ] Tue, 26 September 2017 13:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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Also...there are formal internship programs....ATI ? At least used to have one.., there was a secular one I have forgotten the name of in the state of Maine. That might jiggle more ideas.


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: Job corps.... [message #820584 is a reply to message #820567 ] Thu, 28 September 2017 19:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Aaron is going into the Job Corps. It's completely free, as you may know, and if you have an IEP you automatically qualify.

Per the admissions counselor, academic help is available but yes, the student would have to self-advocate.

It is a very strict environment. No cars. No alcohol. No sex on campus. You are not even allowed to get into a verbal altercation or you will be asked to leave. You get one chance and that's it... if you're asked to leave, you can't ever go back.

However, I have heard from our mental health professionals that Job Corps is an excellent program and that is really has helped many students who would have otherwise fallen through the cracks.


Michele
Re: Job corps.... [message #820585 is a reply to message #820567 ] Thu, 28 September 2017 19:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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A lot of the instruction is hands-on with very little textbook learning, from what I understand *unless* you do not test out of the competency exams. Then your course of study is lengthened by close to a year as you take classes in English and Math, I believe.


Michele
Re: Job corps.... [message #820589 is a reply to message #820585 ] Fri, 29 September 2017 10:48 Go to previous message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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Michele,
I'm so glad it is something that is a fit for Aaron. Dh is in the States right now and did some checking into the Job Corps in New Mexico. Apparently, it is a federal program, but the Albuqueruqe office has a horrible reputation. He was not impressed at all with the available services.


In Him--Tracy
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