VERGENNES-As part of Job Corps Day: 45 Years of Building Lives and Launching Careers, student Joseph Hoopaugh will travel to the Nation's Capitol to represent Job Corps on Capitol Hill. Joseph is one of 60 Job Corps students chosen to shadow their member of Congress as part of the Job Corps 45th Anniversary Celebration last week.
Jospeh Hoopaugh, who specializes in Health Occupations will participate in a one-day internship with U.S. Rep.Peter Welch (D-Vermont) learning how a congressional office works, from constituent services to legislative policy.
The director of Northlands, Tony Staynings, was excited about this once in a lifetime opportunity.
"Job Corps never ceases to provide young people with an outlet or inspiration to better their lives. We are very proud to send Joe to D.C. so he can learn from one of the nation's leaders," he said.
Joseph Hoopaugh, originally from Burlington, came to Job Corps earlier this year with an interest in getting himself onto a career track.
During the interview process for this internship, Joe impressed the staff with his professionalism, enthusiasm and eagerness to represent Job Corps and understand how the legislative process works.
"Someday I would like to work in public service and I have never been to D.C., so this is the chance of a lifetime." said Hoopaugh. "Job Corps gives me so much hope for my future. I have recently passed my State LNA exam, and with Job Corps I am going to advanced training in my trade. After that, it's college time."