Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Collbran Job Corps Director Gove Aker gives a “thumbs up” as he recognizes the hard work of certain students on an “Uno de Mayo” celebration several days earlier during the early Monday morning assembly in the center’s gym. Aker was recently recognized himself by his fellow Job Corps directors with the 2014 Job Corps National Directors Honor Award.

Collbran Job Corps marks its 50th anniversary

The Daily Sentinel

Dew still shimmered on the grass in the early morning sunlight as the color guard stood at attention to the rat-a-tat of snare drums.
A rainbow arc of dozens of student leaders in colored coats lined the sidewalk to the gym in the crisp mountain air at the Collbran Job Corps’ Civilian Conservation Center nestled in the valley along Plateau Creek.
Each one greeted the guests with eye contact, a polite “good morning!” and a firm handshake before entering the gym for the week’s assembly.

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