Lutheran Receives Employer Award From Job Corps

The staff from Lutheran and Cassadaga Job Corps Academy during the presentation of the job corps’ Distinguished Employer Award. Pictured, from left, are Cindy Schnelzer, Katrina Jones, Desiree Mechling, Casey Gustafson, Michelle Madison, Lynn Reale and Dayna Schultz. Submitted photo

The Cassadaga Job Corps Academy is currently ranked in the top 15 of the nation’s 125 Job Corps centers, and it recently held a special community relations council dinner to thank some of the agencies and people who have helped make their success possible.

Among the honorees was Lutheran of Jamestown, which was recognized with the academy’s Distinguished Employer Award.

“Cassadaga stands out among job corps centers because of our strong community support and the way that our neighbors have embraced us,” said Adam Dolce, business and community liaison. “We depend on our community partners to provide recreational activities, hands-on learning projects, work-based learning experience, medical services and, of course, employment opportunities.”

The Distinguished Employer Award is given only when academy staff believe that an employer has gone above and beyond in assisting, training, hiring and retaining students and graduates of the Job Corps program. Lutheran averages 10-15 placements a year during the last four years. The organization has hired Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants and several maintenance staff.

Many of those individuals made the decision to relocate to Jamestown to accept full-time employment with Lutheran.

“Lutheran is the complete package. They have hired a large number of job corps graduates, provide a dynamic work environment to our students, have been welcoming and accommodating, and always maintain a great relationship with our staff,” said Ann Anderson, academy director. “We may help them with their staffing needs, but very few employers provide the kinds of accommodating and welcoming services that Lutheran does.”

The Cassadaga Job Corps Academy program’s mission is to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable, independent, and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.

With healthcare growing significantly the last several years with even greater growth potential in the future, successful student placement at Lutheran has been a great fit.

“We have had employees working for us going back to the 1990s and early 2000s. The relationship we have with our local Job Corps has been very rewarding for many reasons,” said Tom Holt, Lutheran president and chief executive officer. “We have to give the staff at job corps a lot of credit for the work they do getting their students ready to join the workforce. We appreciate everything they do and gladly accept our Distinguished Employer Award alongside them.”

Lutheran, a Christian organization with a comprehensive continuum of community, residential and home-based supportive services that help people of all ages gain or retain independence.