Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center

"We are building back to our strength."

Culinary Arts Department and ROTC students from Job Corps Center

The January meeting was opened by Brian Rice, Chamber Director. He thanked the Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center for sponsoring the event and introduced Director Lori Sams. She thanked their Culinary Arts Department and ROTC staff and students for participating in the Chamber luncheon event.

Lori Samms, Director, Excelsior Springs Job Cops CenterJob Corps is the nation’s largest free, residential career training and education program for low-income young adults ages 16 through 24. Excelsior Springs is one of 120 campuses nationwide. Lori announced that, in addition to their Kansas City campus, a new campus will be opening in Sedalia in the near future.

“We are building back to our strength,” said Lori, referring to the campus restrictions that were put in place during COVID. “We will be full by this summer for students living on campus.” The campus also supports local students who can commute to the campus for classes.

Returning to full campus status also means new local job opportunities. The Center is looking for independent living advisors, safety officers, staff for admissions and career transition (job placement).

Excelsior Springs Job Corps offers hands-on training in the following areas: advanced transportation service worker, building construction technology, carpentry, cement masonry, certified nurse assistant, clinical medical assistant, culinary arts, medical administrative assistant, painting, security and protective services, and welding. Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center is the only center in the United States to offer the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.
“We could not do what we do without you,” said Lori. She sited several community partners, including Walmart, the City of Excelsior Springs, and Opportunity Cafe and individuals who came together over the Christmas holiday to provide gifts to 40 students who were unable to go home.

“We will be returning to hosting our Community Relations Council Meetings on-site,” said Lori.  The next meeting will be a luncheon held Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Culinary Arts Building. The meeting is an opportunity to expand and create business relationships with community agencies, schools and other partners of Excelsior Springs Job Corps to ensure and support the success of students. Those interested in attending can call Angela Reschke, Business Engagement Specialist, at 816-726-5382.

Lori invited those interested in learning more about the Excelsior Springs Center to visit their Facebook page.

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