HBI Honors Its Job Corps Instructor of the Year
Jason Talbot, a brick masonry instructor at the Weber Basin Job Corps Center in Ogden, Utah, was named Instructor of the Year at the Home Builders Institute's (HBI) annual Instructor Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Earlier this month, HBI staff and instructors from across the country gathered in Scottsdale to meet with their colleagues and attend educational and regional breakout sessions and an awards ceremony honoring the achievements of 18 outstanding instructors selected by HBI.
One award for each of the six Job Corps regions is given to instructors in the categories of Extra Mile, Placement and Manager’s Choice.
The Extra Mile award is given to instructors who achieve excellence in establishing strong community and industry relationships to go that extra mile for their students. The Placement award is presented to instructors who consistently find career opportunities for their graduating students.
The Instructor of the Year is selected from the winners of the Manager’s Choice award, which is bestowed upon outstanding educators and instructors whose leadership has made a discernible difference for Job Corps students.
When he walked up on stage to accept his award, Talbot was surprised to be greeted by his wife Karen and five-year old son Dillon who had been flown to the event to be there with him.
“It was overwhelming when they announced my name,” said Talbot. “I was honored that my program manager Nick Bitner felt I deserved it. This was definitely one of the highlights of my life. Having my family there, to share the moment with me made it particularly special. It really is a blessing.”
Job Corps is a residential program providing academic and vocational training to at-risk youths on 122 centers in 48 states and the District of Columbia. HBI's Job Corps programs offer training in seven skilled trades through 148 programs at 69 of these centers.
Job Corps Fiscal 2007 Snapshot
A Department of Labor program with broad, bipartisan support, Job Corps is currently in the midst of the fiscal 2007 funding process, and appropriations panels in both chambers have passed differing proposals. The House has proposed a $1.523 billion funding level, $21 million more than the Administration’s request, while the Senate has earmarked $1.629 billion for the program, an increase of $37 million.
The committees also hold opposing views on who should administer the program. House appropriators would like to return the program to the department’s Employment and Training Administration, while the Senate supports transferring it to the Office of the Secretary of Labor.
Further action is not expected by either chamber prior to the November elections.
For more information on HBI’s Job Corps programs, e-mail Maria McIntyre at HBI, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8912.