Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center Returns to Waterfest with Enthusiasm

Job Corps ROTC students march in the Waterfest parade in Excelsior Springs

The Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center proudly participated in the Annual Waterfest Parade in downtown Excelsior Springs, marking a triumphant return to this beloved community event. The center’s Naval ROTC Cadets showcased their uniformed presence in the parade for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Adding to the excitement, the culinary students from Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center once again demonstrated their talent and skill by catering meals for the musical performers during the weekend festival. This marked the second year in a row that these culinary stars provided their exceptional service. 

Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center has a longstanding tradition of active participation in Waterfest, and being able to return to the event brought a sense of joy and fulfillment to the students and staff. Every year, the center’s students dedicate themselves to assisting with booth setups, stage preparations, and other essential tasks. Their commitment to this community event highlights the Job Corps Center’s dedication to engaging with the local community and making a positive impact.

Commander Mark Rakestraw expressed the importance of community involvement for the Job Corps Center. “As a public-facing, community service organization, we are happy to re-establish our presence in the community,” he said. “Participation in events, like our local parades, provides opportunities for our cadets to practice the leadership and teamwork skills we teach in class.”

Students also gathered to hear Job Corps employee Marie Mawby perform with her band J.D.& the Chasers for the festival kick-off. Center Director Lori Sams stated, “The Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce is a strong supporter of the Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center. Participating in city events, such as Waterfest, is a highlight for our students. We are so glad to be back!”

The Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center’s involvement in Waterfest not only allows students to showcase their skills but also fosters a sense of community engagement and pride. The center remains committed to empowering its students and making a positive impact on the community through its participation in such events.

Job Corps is a federal career technical training and education program for young people who aspire to higher-paying careers and higher education. With over 120 residential and nonresidential locations nationwide, training is available in the nation’s fastest-growing industries to eligible 16- through 24-year-olds. The program is free of charge for students. To learn more about Job Corps, call 800-733-JOBS (5627) or visit jobcorps.gov.

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