Ottumwa Job Corps takes part in Earth Day
By mlambrecht, April 24, 2014
(Ottumwa) -Tuesday, April 22nd Ottumwa Job Corps Center joined over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. People plant trees, clean up their communities, and more-all on behalf of the environment.
The trainees at Ottumwa Job Corps Center spent the morning on center planting two trees, learning about how to and what to recycle from Jennifer at the ISU Extension office and Scott from Green RU composting company. Ottumwa Job Corps center currently recycles over 53% of the centers non hazardous solid waste and has sent over 40,000 pounds to be composted since opening in 2011. Ottumwa Job Corps center has a Green Team coordinated by Dawn Pequignot.
Ottumwa Job Corps Center took action in the afternoon by Adopt a Highway Clean up program, assisting the Ottumwa Community Garden Clean up, Pioneer Ridge Garden help and collected trash around Airport Road north of Ottumwa near the Ottumwa Job Corps Center. Ottumwa Job Corps students demonstrated their commitment to addressing the needs of their community and its citizens.
For more than four decades, Job Corps has made a difference in the lives of more than 2.6 million economically disadvantaged young Americans. Through willingness to embrace and welcome change, this voluntary education and job training program, for young people ages 16 through 24, continues to offer innovative career technical, academic and social skills training to students at 125 centers nationwide. For more information on Job Corps, visithttp://www.ottumwa.jobcorps.