Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Aug 29, 2012
Press Release

ALBANY, GA – On Friday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), member of the Friends of Jobs Corps Congressional Caucus, addressed the 2012 Graduating Class of Turner Job Corps Center in Albany, Georgia. A unique national program with 125 centers across the country, Job Corps offers at-risk youth varied academic opportunities and career pathways in business and industry.

“Life, and all it has to offer, is a vast ocean for you graduates,” said Congressman Bishop in his speech. “You must explore, and be fearless in your adventures. Go out into the world, and do not be afraid to get caught in a storm. Life is for living, and with the tools you have received from this outstanding institution, you are prepared for the roughest of squalls.”

Each year, Job Corps gives 60,000 youth a second chance. About 85 percent of Job Corps graduates are employed, enlisted in the military or enrolled in higher education within six months of graduation. The average Job Corps center supports 228 local jobs, and every dollar invested in Job Corps returns almost $2 to the local economy. Job Corps students and staff are also heavily involved in service to their communities, logging many hours of volunteer service every year.

For a photo of Congressman Bishop delivering the speech, please click here.