Pros: under new management, second chance for students, various activities & groups, trade instructors & cte managers are amazing & dedicated.
Cons: wellness clinic not efficient, facilities need maintenance, updates, & repairs, visitation from loved ones only on weekends, security officers look unfit for their job
It's completely free education, food, and place to sleep. We get paid for going to class and learning a trade. Bonuses are awarded to students with perfect attendance ($20 extra), earning a higher testing score on the TABE test ($50 to $100), and plenty of opportunity to win prizes like extra money & food coupons.
We now have a new contractor, so the "No Tolerance" policies are now enforced more than they've ever been. Food has gotten better and most staff are attentive and really care about the students and their success. It's self-paced, so if you learn your trade, find a job, and have a set goal for when you get out, you can be in and out in no time.
CONS: Some students do not take the program seriously and therefore create an environment that is difficult for others to learn and grow positively in. Communication between management, staff, and students can be terrible most times; we always get information at the last minute and it always changes. Cafeteria staff can be rude at times.
ADVICE: If you're applying to work here, I urge you to be flexible and really have a passion for the youth/students. If you're planning on attending as a student, be flexible, positive, and focused. Don't get distracted by those students who don't take this seriously. Have a plan and goal in mind before you get here and never forget why you came. Remember, this is life and there will always be challenges, how you react to them will define your character.
Anything worth having will be hard to get. Anything easy to get is not worth having.