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TCU/IAM Advanced Training Program Video Transcript

Video duration: 8 minutes, 30 seconds

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On-screen text: Transportation - Advanced Training Program

Narrator: The Advanced Transportation training program is one of the most popular Advanced Training opportunities offered at Job Corps. And it is a great way to start a career in the transportation industry. If you are interested in pursuing a career with a railroad, mass transit, or airline company, then this Advanced Training area is right up your alley.

Career choices can vary from selling tickets for the airlines and railroads, to working on a train as a conductor or train attendant. You may also pursue opportunities such as airline flight attendant, railroad car and track repair, or even a deckhand on a Mississippi River barge. The career opportunities in this industry are plentiful and in high demand

Another extremely appealing aspect of this program is that the application process is open to all current Job Corps students who are enrolled in any of Job Corps' basic career technical training programs. But as with all Job Corps Advanced Training programs, you do have to meet a few specific requirements to apply.

Most of the nine Advanced Training programs require you to have completed any of the basic Job Corps training programs. The exception is the rail mechanical worker path, which requires you to have completed the Job Corps' basic Welding training program or have some welding or heavy machine operation experience.

All Advanced Transportation training programs require you to: be at least 17 and a half years old, be willing to study business and transportation types of courses, have a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential, meet certain math and reading requirements, have a positive attendance and progress record, have health clearance from the Job Corps center where you received basic training, and, successfully complete a phone or in-person interview.

Steve Brando, TCU/IAM National Coordinator: We have the standard requirements to come into our program, but there are the intangibles. We try to get an idea from that student how serious they are. Are they serious? Do they know they have to be ready and sharp and willing to do the hard work here and not be scared and be able to think on a challenge, so that when they go to the employer they're not afraid there either, that they can handle this job. They know what they're doing.

Narrator: If you're accepted into one of Job Corps' nine Advanced Transportation programs, your in-class training begins with developing business communication and employability skills.

You will learn skills that are valuable in any field, and as an Advanced Training student, you will be required to take courses on: employability skills, including resume and interview preparation; taking proper safety precautions on the job; transportation classes that emphasize freight and passenger railroads, airlines, and ground transportation systems; keyboarding and word-processing skills development, spreadsheets and database applications; office communications including filing, office etiquette, and Microsoft PowerPoint and Access; and mathematics, both fundamental and consumer, using Microsoft Excel and a ten-key calculator.

Mike, TCU/IAM student: This trade is great because we focus a lot on the transportation field, but that's not the only thing you get here. You get clerical skills. You get accounting skills. These skills can take you anywhere, so why not pick the trade?

Kiara, TCU/IAM student: What I like about this program would be, for the most part, able to learn new skills of how to interview. We do mock interviews within our trade at random times, so we're not very prepared for it. We have a week to do so, which shows us how to work under pressure. Everything that I'm expected to learn, they will help me learn.

Michael, TCU/IAM student: I learn new things on railroad industry, also with mechanics, also with safety tools, hand tools. I progress every day.

Narrator: The Advanced Transportation training program is offered at various Job Corps centers across the country, including: the Atlanta Job Corps Center in Atlanta, Georgia; the Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center in Excelsior Springs, Missouri; the Gary Job Corps Center in San Marcos, Texas; the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota; the Los Angeles Job Corps Center in Los Angeles, California; the Potomac Job Corps Center in Washington D.C.; the San Jose Job Corps Center in San Jose, California; the Shriver Job Corps Center in Devons, Massachusetts; and the Saint Louis Job Corps Center in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Most students usually take an average of 6 to 12 months to complete their training; but if you need a little more time to complete your training, don't worry. This timeframe is flexible, but can move more quickly if you are motivated and use the knowledge you have gained from your previous Job Corps training.

It is important to keep in mind, though, that additional training requires additional commitment and discipline on your part. Instructors have higher expectations of students in Advanced Training programs, and they will require you to participate in the following professional practices on a daily basis: arrive on time and be ready to begin work immediately; dress for the training area with properly worn uniform; work the entire time while on the job; follow safety rules; follow rules and instructions of the training area and Job Corps; demonstrate respect for self, tools and equipment; and exercise good customer relation skills.

Silvana, TCU/IAM student: TCU is very, very strict. They stay on us. And I know a lot of people would be like, "That does not sound fun." But it develops you, in a sense, on business settings and how you carry yourself. They have people who come who are graduates of TCU, and they come and they are saying, "You know what? It's really worth it because it betters you. It betters your position in life after Job Corps, after TCU."

Narrator: This probably sounds like a lot of work, but the jobs you will be eligible for after training will be well worth it. For example, some of the career paths Advanced Transportation training can lead to are: Passenger Train Assistant Conductor, Passenger Train Attendant/On Board Service, Passenger Train Customer Service Representative, Passenger Train Coach Cleaner, Passenger Train Reservationist, Rail Mechanical Service Worker, Rail Car Repairer, Train Dispatcher, Freight Rail Conductor, Airline Customer Service Agent, Airline Ramp Agent, Barge Line Deckhand.

Plus, students who complete the Advanced Transportation training program are eligible to receive Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-Hour Training Certification, ServSafe Certification, and the Office Proficiency Assessment Certification in the areas of Microsoft Office, data entry, and keyboarding.

And you can take comfort in the fact that, when you are close to completing your training, and are ready to start your job search, Job Corps will help arrange employment interviews for you. Job Corps will help you relocate and find a place to live.

This program is dedicated to providing excellent training, so that you are able to take advantage of all sorts of employment opportunities. Railroad, airline, and mass transit industries are always looking for good employees, and Job Corps will prepare you with the knowledge and skills you will need to need to enter the workforce with a good salary, benefits, and job security.

And just to give you an idea of the salary potential associated with this industry, Job Corps Advanced Transportation graduates who go to work for freight railroads and Amtrak as a car man start out making about $35,000 to $50,000 per year with many opportunities for advancement. Also, graduates who are hired by airlines and passenger railroads receive travel benefits.

Steven, TCU/IAM student: As my first year as a conductor, I make $75,000 a year. And as I finish my training and go to the next year, it's about $100,000 to $150,000 a year. I've never made the amount of money I make today in my entire life. You know, you could always move up to an engineer. And you know, once you're a conductor for a year and you know your territory, you don't have to stay a conductor; you can become an engineer, become a HR manager, you become all different things.

Narrator: Hundreds of Job Corps students graduate from this Advanced Training program every year, and go on to make impressive salaries, with lots of room for advancement in their careers. If you're serious about your future, then talk to your current advisors or instructors about your Advanced Training options at Job Corps. Talented employees are needed now.

Silvana: Being in the Advanced Training has definitely bettered me, because it's made me more punctual. It's made me a more responsible person. It's made me more aggressive in terms of my school work. It's made me have great initiative. And there's a quote that I love so much that says "exploration only requires desire and initiative," and it's given me both those things to succeed.

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