CLIMB Community Development Corporation’s (CLIMB C.D.C.) Workforce Training Institute held its graduation Wednesday night, and the Class of 2014 is ready to take on the world.
Jadarius Darby has spent the last couple of years with the Workforce Training Institute learning new skills. He graduated Wednesday night at the top of his class, ready to tackle the world. Darby says, "This ceremony proves that I have gotten through all of that to actually do something with myself, better myself, and make me a better person, and I believe that I've finally done that."
The young graduates have been working hard to better their lives, knowing that the training and degree that they receive will make them more desirable to employers across the Coast. Lori West, the C.E.O. of CLIMB C.D.C., says, "It’s a day of celebration for our organization, and it's a celebration for our students as well, but it is the first step towards the rest of their lives."
The Workforce Training Institute educates students in three areas: construction, culinary, and hospitality, as well as barista training. All these trained employees entering the workforce will help the local economy, but what will it do for their personal finances? Darby also says, "It's helped with getting a car, a house, or an apartment, anything to get from where we are now, and it really is just a great start."
Many young men and women find themselves in situations just like Darby, feeling like the world is passing them by, but Wednesday night's keynote speaker reminded them that success is found within. Daryl Wright, the keynote speaker, says, "Young people, deep within themselves, want to make a change. They want to have an impact, a positive impact on their own lives and also on their communities."
Darby, the valedictorian of his class, has a message for other wanting to make a change in their own lives: "No matter how hard things get, there is always a silver lining. There is always something good out there for you."
This year’s group of graduates is proof that hard work pays off.