Turner Industries employee, Nishea Isaac, recently addressed the 2012 graduating class of the Carville Job Corps Academy, an organization she herself graduated from only five years ago. While she can now look back at her past experiences and offer wisdom to her fellow alumni, Nishea’s life path wasn’t always clear. Born in New Orleans, La., Nishea worked her way through the public school system until her junior year of high school. Due to unforeseen events, Nishea dropped out and began looking for employment. Her lack of a high school diploma made the search exasperating, and she found herself running out of options.
“One night, while watching TV,” Nishea recalls, “I saw an advertisement about Carville Job Corps Academy. The next day I called, later went for an interview, and finally received the call notifying me that I was accepted.” The Carville Job Corps Academy is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. Joining the 2006 class, Nishea, on top of her Job Corps education and training, earned her Louisiana General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and completed her Career Technical Training in Business Office Technology.
During Nishea’s time at Job Corps, she also began interning at Turner Industries, and soon became a paid intern. Upon Nishea’s graduation in 2007 she became a full time-employee at Turner. Today she works in the business development and marketing group and also serves on the board of TEAM Turner, the company’s employee volunteer program. When asked what Nishea spoke about at the commencement she says “I wanted to let them know that life isn’t all about where you’ve been, but more importantly, where you want to go. If the graduates continue to work hard, and always say ‘yes’ to opportunity, they can go farther than they may have ever imagined.”
Turner Industries employee, and former Carville Job Corps graduate, Nishea Issac with
Turner Industries employee Wayne Tyson