Giving truth to Memphis youth
By Roddrick Tooles (Overton High School)
The Boys & Girl Club of Greater Memphis Technical Training Center, located at 903 Walker Ave in South Memphis, has a 100 percent success rate getting students aged 16 to 21 into a job or college after completing the program. The Technical Training Center is the only center in the country that offers the degree of services provided.
The Center, constructed in 2006, offers classes and programs for career readiness. The 24,000 square foot building provides training in culinary, logistics, and automotive care. Also, they teach how to search, apply, and interview for a job.
The only cost to students to participate is a $10 annual Boys & Girls Club membership and students remain in the program until they find a job. Another benefit is that participants are paid once they are in the program.
Crystal Caulfield, the Career Prep Director of TTC, said, “One of the things that we do are what we call “hands on skills”, where they’re just like things that you do to get a touchy experience.”
The Technical Training Center offers an experience where a person is able to be hands on with the activity. For example, if someone were in a class for logistics, the program will give he or she the experience of driving of a fork lift and moving the lift up and down.
The Technical Training Center provides services that could be use throughout life that can save someone money.
“If you’re a student like I was here,” said Caulfield. “Or a college student and you’re broke, it’s so much easier if you know how to do those simple things. It will cost you like say $150 to change your alternator because that’s how much an alternator cost, as opposed to getting it done for $350 to $500.”
Teaching things like how to change an alternator are just some of things that they teach at the enter that can save money.
In this day and age, colleges are looking for people who stand out, someone who is interesting. The skills taught at this center gives a person a skill set that gives them that “oomph” and allows them to stand out.