This is the Nation's first urban Job Corps Center, located at Tongue Point near Astoria, Oregon.
This is the Nation's first urban Job Corps Center, located at Tongue Point near Astoria, Oregon. Within the next few weeks, more than 1200 boys will arrive here, seeking the most important economic opportunity of their young lives.
They will come from nearly every state in the union, after applying through the Job Corps in Washington. As they meet their counsellors and advisers for the first time, their stories and background will be essentially the same: They're high school drop-outs, 16 to 21 years of age, unskilled, unemployed, without a trade, but most important, with a sincere desire to become productive members of our economic society.
Under contract with the federal government's Office of Economic Opportunity, the University of Oregon and the TechRep Division of Philco will help them fulfil that desire. It's one of the major objectives of President Johnson's "War On Poverty" program.
Boys like Dave Fair, Tom Bargeman and Johnny Johnston will be given sufficient vocational and academic training to permit them to earn a good living in a respectable trade.
Johnny will study the electric trades and small appliance repairing, and like all the trainees at Tongue Point, he receives his own set of tools which are his personal property while he is studying at the school.
His training begins with lessons in the safe and proper handling of tools. He learns by using them under the supervision of a Philco TechRep vocational instructor who has been chosen mainly because of his experience as a successful electrical tradesman.
In a short time, Johnny will have reached his first pinnacle of success--probably the first success he has ever experienced. He will be a qualified appliance repairman---
Or he can go on to more advanced training, and learn the intricacies of television repair, air conditioning, or commercial refrigeration.
As he acquires each new skill, he achieves a new level of success---and further incentive to rise to the top of his profession.
Dave has chosen the automotive trades. He's 20 years old, somewhat mature, and sees this experience as a rare opportunity to become a top-flight automotive mechanic.
Here he learns automotive safety and the use of his own tools, along with his fellow trainees.
Within a few weeks, Dave will be a qualified service station operator--his first plateau of success.
He'll learn by experience, by actually working in a school service station, under the watchful eyes of former service station operators.
Then he'll proceed into the more sophisticated procedures of engine tune-up and repair.
Tom Bargeman sees a great future in the marine engine field, and his training also begins with the fundamentals of safety, marine style.
His classroom is literally a floating laboratory where the instructor teaches the basic of power boat handling under actual operating conditions.
Even at this early stage of training at Tongue Point, Tom and his fellow students are beginning to experience the subtle feeling of success--the team spirit which very likely eluded them in high school.
Being on a "Success Team" has sparked a new interest in academic subjects as well, and they are given ample opportunity to pursue speech, math and reading skills.
It isn't all work however; there's plenty of time for recreation. Tom and Dave have already joined a musical combo that has been invited to play at high school dances in Astoria.
For the boys at Tongue Point, each day ends with a new and satisfying experience of success and these minor successes, added together, will help each of these young men, and thousands more, to become productive members of tomorrow's society.