• Report: #173848

Complaint Review: Pittsburgh Job Corps Center

  • Submitted: Sun, January 29, 2006
  • Updated: Wed, November 17, 2010

  • Reported By:Windber Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Job Corps Center
Highland Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

Pittsburgh Job Corps Center ripoff Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

*UPDATE Employee: Pittsburgh issues now.

* : Just Dont Understand

*Consumer Comment: Many Job Corps Graduates "Be thankful"

*Consumer Comment: I know what you mean

*Consumer Comment: bad experience in pittsburgh?

*Consumer Comment: bad experience in pittsburgh?

*Consumer Comment: bad experience in pittsburgh?

*Consumer Comment: Not Job Corps Fault

*UPDATE Employee: Corruption to Job Corp Programs

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I attended the Job Corps in Pittsburgh, PA in 2003. I had talked to a representative of Job Corps at the local Careerlink center. He warned me about the low numbers of white people there but said that the programs were amazing. I made the mistake of believing him. I went to the center with my eyes and mind open. I wanted to learn being that I didn't have the opportunity to go to college. I wanted to take advantage of the program.

I didn't expect any of what I saw. I showed up there and was bombarded with ignorance. The kids were ex-cons, ignornant and just plain not willing to cooperate with the teachers. The teachers there were so prejuidced that it made me sick. I was one of eleven white kids there and let me tell you they really put you through hell and treated you like an idiot.

Most of the teachers also didn't care what you did. My technical training teacher was an alcoholic and didn't care what you did, it even went as far as the kids sleeping during class. I couldn't believe what I saw. It was like a totally different planet. I was disgusted.
I want to warn anyone from going through the Job Corps program. I had an awful time during my 4 months there. I stayed there long enough to get my cabling certificate and I left with my money in hand. I would not go back.
The living conditions were disgusting. One of the females on my floor even defecated in the shower and one threw used tampons in on the floor. No one should have to live like that.

Also many students smoked weed right on campus in front of the cameras and never got caught. Please, if you are thinking about going to the center visit it first. It is horrid.

Joy
Windber, Pennsylvania
U.S.A.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

Pittsburgh issues now.

AUTHOR: Trevor Campbell - (USA)

Pittsburgh's center is still standing strong with a great deal of ignorance and unsanitary dorms. The ignorance is nearly everywhere, as a lot of people especially the OCT students and just about every single staff member (I don't think I could exclude one of them on this one) is extremely judgemental, racially bias or hateful, or favours students based on the background/views they were brought up from. In additiion, the dorms are not any bit decent, and the fact I call that place "home" (I have nowhere else to go) is one reason I would spend my entire life speaking out against the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center, revealing the heart wrenching horrors and reality about it day after day, week after week, year after year. At Evans Hall (formerly known as the Honour Dorm) which is housed for the OCT-College students is filled with bugs and mice everywhere and nothing productive has been done about it. This is one issue with the dorms, should I even find out how to start with the immaturity (and great deal of arrogance, as well) in just only a few college students that still make the center's activity nearly mandated for avoidance.
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Just Dont Understand

AUTHOR: Job Corps Grad - (USA)

This is for the person who has so much to say about what people need to take from job corps. You have abosolutely no place telling anyone how they should feel about the way that they were treated but the people at these job corps centers. I also am a graduate of the job corps program, I attended red rock job corps for electricity and I graduated with HONORS.... I held wing leader position, crew leader positions, and I was involved in student government, dispite all of my accomplishments my main focus while attending that center was to change the way the students were treated by the staff. This program being free gives not one person the right to treat you as a criminal. It gives them no right to treat you any less than a person who is trying to receive an education, THEY should be the ones encouraging you to succeed NOT the ones making it hard for you. I was successfull because I refused to let them stop me. But that doesnt mean that the abuse I received was justified... I guess anyone who needs a hand in life deserves to be treated like dirt

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#3 Consumer Comment

Many Job Corps Graduates "Be thankful"

AUTHOR: Graduate - (U.S.A.)

I am so sorry to hear of all the negative involvements you had to endure while at Job Corps. However, It would be interesting to know why was your stay so long, if the conditions were so terrible, as you stated? I have had major involvment with Job Corps for over ten years and it is a wonderful program for those who take advantage of it. A few points you need to understand is those young people or "idiots" as you stated were not born or breded into the Job Corps program. Just as yourself, they were all "volunteers" which came from your area. Im sure in some cases they were given a second chance just as yourself! Some were successful and some were not" Hello, thats life!

It is also your duty as a young adult to investigate before you enter the program and leave if you don't feel comfortable. There are millions and millions of young adults who have successfully completed the program and proceeded on to college, advance training and even well paying jobs. Another question I would impose on you is what did you do change or correct the concerns you saw.

Understand that this is a free government program that will house, feed, cloth, educate and pay you to obtain a career, it's not the Marriot! Find another program with these qualities and let me know. Stop living inside a stereotypical world and open your eyes, times are changing and people are changing, there is no "perfect world". Im sure if you would have placed all of those student on any Ivy league campus or university, in least than 2 months I gaurantee there would have been a change to the campus. Stop bashing the program and reach out to somone other than yourself!

The program is like the buffet, "only take what you like"! Im quite sure there were a lot of hard working people there that helped you through successfully. Its not thier job to baby sit adults, get with program! Your issues run much deeper than Job Corps buddy, I would like to encourage you to get some help!
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#4 Consumer Comment

I know what you mean

AUTHOR: Crickett - (U.S.A.)

I went to Pittsburgh Job Corps in 1192 or 93 and I completed my job training but I left soon after due to personal reasons. I recently started talking to a guy I was dating back then who also went there but he got kicked out. Anyhow, he told me that he received a check from them and asked if I did which I did not. So, I just called records department and left a message about vthat and waiting to be contacted. If $ is due to me then I want it. Also, when I was there the teachers were all decent but they must of left and new ones came on. That place was basically nothing but a party when I attended.
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#5 Consumer Comment

bad experience in pittsburgh?

AUTHOR: Daniel - (U.S.A.)

i never really had a bad time a job corps, granted , there was drug useage on site , as with right in the dorms, and some of the other people were kinda violent , but honestly what did you expect? its an alternative for kids who didnt cut it in highschool , my recruiter "mark schneider" also told me about the low number of caucasion people on site , which didnt deter me because im from pittsburgh to begin with .

the living conditions were ok in the male dorms, i arrived in 2004, right after they had there big renovation on the guys dorms. the food was ok , and everything was just as it was described to me(except for the swimming pool)you know what im talking about......they told us there was a swimming pool , then took us to the YMCA to get our swimming card thingy's lol

the teachers only paid attention to the students who cared about it , and as far as the alchoholic , i know what you mean , i was in manufacturing , right next door to the cabling class

my only complaint about PJCC is that , i never recieved mt HSD after i finished
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#6 Consumer Comment

bad experience in pittsburgh?

AUTHOR: Daniel - (U.S.A.)

i never really had a bad time a job corps, granted , there was drug useage on site , as with right in the dorms, and some of the other people were kinda violent , but honestly what did you expect? its an alternative for kids who didnt cut it in highschool , my recruiter "mark schneider" also told me about the low number of caucasion people on site , which didnt deter me because im from pittsburgh to begin with .

the living conditions were ok in the male dorms, i arrived in 2004, right after they had there big renovation on the guys dorms. the food was ok , and everything was just as it was described to me(except for the swimming pool)you know what im talking about......they told us there was a swimming pool , then took us to the YMCA to get our swimming card thingy's lol

the teachers only paid attention to the students who cared about it , and as far as the alchoholic , i know what you mean , i was in manufacturing , right next door to the cabling class

my only complaint about PJCC is that , i never recieved mt HSD after i finished
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#7 Consumer Comment

bad experience in pittsburgh?

AUTHOR: Daniel - (U.S.A.)

i never really had a bad time a job corps, granted , there was drug useage on site , as with right in the dorms, and some of the other people were kinda violent , but honestly what did you expect? its an alternative for kids who didnt cut it in highschool , my recruiter "mark schneider" also told me about the low number of caucasion people on site , which didnt deter me because im from pittsburgh to begin with .

the living conditions were ok in the male dorms, i arrived in 2004, right after they had there big renovation on the guys dorms. the food was ok , and everything was just as it was described to me(except for the swimming pool)you know what im talking about......they told us there was a swimming pool , then took us to the YMCA to get our swimming card thingy's lol

the teachers only paid attention to the students who cared about it , and as far as the alchoholic , i know what you mean , i was in manufacturing , right next door to the cabling class

my only complaint about PJCC is that , i never recieved mt HSD after i finished
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#8 Consumer Comment

Not Job Corps Fault

AUTHOR: Sherridan - (U.S.A.)

This responce is to the Job Corps trainee in Maine. You chose to give your friend $50 for luggage overage. It was your friends job to ensure that she/he didnt go over the allowed weight limit. I know the Job Corps is a piece of work but you get what you went there for. Not all locations are the same some better some worse.

Joy, your location had some foul issues you had to deal with. No one should have to had put up with those conditions. To the person in Maine, if your biggest issue is about someone punching holes in the wall, pplease reflect on the conditions Joy had to put up with.
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#9 UPDATE Employee

Corruption to Job Corp Programs

AUTHOR: Jason - (U.S.A.)

I am a student at the Job Corp Program in
Loring, Maine. I've had to deal with the hastle of waiting to get into my trade which is Cisco Systems.

The problems I had to deal with more or less have been with the higher ups here.

When I arrived I helped a student bring his luggage on a plane and spotted him 50 dollars to get luggage aboard a plane from Boston, MA to the airport in Maine.

I asked many of the RA's of how to reimburse me for my money. The recruiter in New Haven, CT by the name of Gene Woodcock told us to only bring $40.00 for food and nothing more towards the weight limit of the luggage.

I helped the student out and had to fight tooth and nail talking to various people. The reaction I got was that they weren't going to do a thing and stick me with a loss of $50.00

It took a week in a half to get reimbursed.
During that time of waiting I had two stories being told to me.

1. I wouldn't get my money baqck
2. The money would be coming to me

I got the money and that situation is solved.
But there many more problems with the center.

A student damaged the drop ceilings and punched hole in a sheetrock column. The next day more holes were made and a emergency meeting was held.

All the students were threatened by a female security officer to incure the cost of damage that was done by the person destroying the wing.

If I didn't witness it and a few other people didn't see it we shouldn't be punished for something we didn't do.

I am watching everything that is involved with the RA's and the little amount of money I make.
and will call Department Of Labor if any illegal activity happens.

All I wanted to do was get a certification for a trade and what I entered is more or less a low budget government hack job to scam people not only of their time and money but a way to get educated.

I will post up the names of the people involved in the incidence later this week.

Jason
New London, CT
Currently working as a student

Job Corps
Limestone, Maine
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