Congratulations to the First Coast Returned Peace Corps Volunteers for receiving a prestigious award from the national Peace Corps office.

 

The First Coast chapter has won the 2017 Loret Miller Ruppe Award for its outstanding community service: During its 10 years of existence, the area affiliate has made a huge impact in educating Northeast Floridians about the Peace Corps, recruiting volunteers, supporting refugee relief services and creating community partnerships.

The major award honors Loret Miller Ruppe, who served as Peace Corps’ director from 1981 to 1989.

She is widely credited with saving the Peace Corps at a time when many in the federal government were attempting to strip its funding and gradually end its existence .

Bravo to the First Coast affiliate for earning this impressive prize!

APPLAUSE FOR MAYO CLINIC MENTORING

Let’s applaud the Mayo Clinic for opening its doors to students enrolled in the Jacksonville Job Corps Center’s Medical Assisting program.

During a recent morning tour of the Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus, 25 Job Corps medical assisting students — accompanied by their instructor, Katherine Harris — visited various simulation, testing and medical technology areas, met with Mayo administrators, learned about employment opportunities and took part in a question and answer session after lunch.

It’s great that the Mayo Clinic is providing such valuable outreach and mentoring to students who are preparing for careers in medicine.

CHEERS TO NEW JOB CORPS GRADS

Speaking of the Jacksonville Job Corps Center, here’s a “Hooray!” for its recent class of graduates, who received their certifications during a ceremony in the Downtown Main Library.

More than 60 students took part in the latest graduation ceremony, which featured a commencement speech by District 13 State Rep. Tracie Davis.

The Job Corps provides career training in nine trades — medical assisting, certified nursing assisting, office administration, computer services technology, pharmacy tech, material handling, electrical, carpentry and facility maintenance — as well as high school diploma programs.