Char-Koosta News

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November 25, 2010

Open house attracts local interest

By Kim Swaney

New Student Group 1007 at Kicking Horse Job Corps had one non-traditional student arrive on center who barely made the new student input list. A winter storm blasted western Montana since this picture was taken a few weeks ago and the leaves and bear are gone. However, at the time, he was instantly made to feel right at home in dorm tree. The newest student had taken numerous tours of the center - mostly at night and seemed to enjoy the food on center. He is interested in trash compacting if Kicking Horse has a Career Technical Training program for such. Mr. Martin Charlo, KHJC Records Coordinator, not only took pictures (from a distance), but also contributed much of this student's information for Char-Koosta News. (Kim Swaney photo)
New Student Group 1007 at Kicking Horse Job Corps had one non-traditional student arrive on center who barely made the new student input list. A winter storm blasted western Montana since this picture was taken a few weeks ago and the leaves and bear are gone. However, at the time, he was instantly made to feel right at home in dorm tree. The newest student had taken numerous tours of the center - mostly at night and seemed to enjoy the food on center. He is interested in trash compacting if Kicking Horse has a Career Technical Training program for such. Mr. Martin Charlo, KHJC Records Coordinator, not only took pictures (from a distance), but also contributed much of this student's information for Char-Koosta News. (Kim Swaney photo)

RONAN Kicking Horse Job Corps Center hosted an open house last month in effort to attract local interest for its career training and educational programs. It is also an excellent way for potential students and their parents or guardians to find out first hand about training for a career and to see what the labor market averages are for specific careers offered at Kicking Horse.

The regularly scheduled open house hosted at least once each year is a tool for KH students to hone their leadership skills by providing tours of the center and each of the career training areas.

Some of the local interest came from Mission Mountain Enterprises as well as some former employees who had devoted much of their employment to Kicking Horse. Don Brown, former night watchman, and his wife Liz; and Jerry Noel, former diesel mechanics instructor, were among those that lingered after the open house to take in the ambiance of hospitality shown throughout the day. Both men agreed that the Center's grounds and facilities were vast improvements, largely due to the consistency of work done by staff and students.

But of all the local interested persons to visit the center, Kicking Horse had one visitor who took his own tours on his own time, separate from the original open house. The young cub hung out in the tree all-day and slept for the most part. With the center nested in the foothills below Mollman Pass, bears sighted near the center are not unusual and are usually not problematic. The youngster disappeared back into the wilderness by daybreak the following day.

Kicking Horse is a residential and non-residential FREE training and educational center for youth ages 16-24, contracted through the Department of Labor Employment Training Administration by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. For more information on enrolling at Kicking Horse or any of the other 100-plus Job Corps Centers nationwide, contact your local One-stop Center (Job Service) or call Kicking Horse directly at (406) 644-2217.

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