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FARMINGTON — After a sequestration-related funding freeze, Job Corps of Farmington is once again looking for young job-seekers to apply for its employment program.

Job Corps, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for people ages 16 to 24. In addition to San Juan County, Farmington's Job Corps recruits participants from other areas in New Mexico, including Cuba, Dulce and Tohatchi.

Admissions counselor Nita Emerson explained that students who are accepted into the program are sent to a training center in either Albuquerque or Roswell to learn about trades such as carpentry, welding, electrical wiring, automotive and protective services. Other options include office administration, certified nursing assistant and culinary arts. Students are also taught success skills, such as how to present a professional appearance, be punctual at work and write a resume.

"We also teach them how their actions can have consequences, so there's a lot of behavior management involved," she said.

Students attend free training and are given dorm-type housing and three meals a day. They also receive a bi-weekly stipend and, upon completion of the program, they are eligible for a clothing allowance and transition pay.

Job Corps also helps students obtain diplomas or GED certificates before graduating from the program.

The admission process begins with an application form and then an interview. Files of applicants approved by the Farmington office are forwarded to the Albuquerque Job Corps office for review. If accepted into the program, students receive transportation to either the Albuquerque or Roswell training center. Depending on the trade, training can last from a few months to two years.

"We look for individuals that will be committed, employable and suitable for the program," Emerson said of the selection process. "I'm trying to get the word out about what our program offers and let people know it's free."

After training, Job Corps assigns students to a career adviser who works with them to find a job.

Mark Marquez, the Farmington Job Corps career adviser, said he's eager to let potential applicants know that these employment opportunities are once again available.

"I'm really happy that we're able to get kids back in the program," he said.

As for businesses that employ Job Corps graduates, Marquez said the program is a plus because of the specialized training and success skills the young workers bring with them.

"We've had a lot of satisfaction for our kids from employers in the community," he said.

Leigh Black Irvin covers health for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4610 and Follow her @irvindailytimes on Twitter.