Job Corps Academy celebrates safety

Safety is among the core values of the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy, and if you ask around, it is job #1 at the training facility. Further evidence of the safe working record at the academy is the recent milestone of one year worked without a lost time accident.

“Safety impacts every area of our campus and influences all of our other values and plans. Every student and staff member has the responsibility to act safely and report unsafe conditions,” stated Safety Manager Curan Grabias.

As part of a recent employee recognition night, a few staff were highlighted for working safely and promoting safety across the campus.

Three of the academy’s drivers were recognized for an accident-free year. Austin Ginley of Dunkirk, John Ryder of Fredonia and George Topczij of Fredonia were all honored for maintaining their safe driving records.

The Academy drivers are behind the wheel for hundreds of hours, logging thousands of miles over the course of a year. In addition, they help with the maintenance of the fleet, checking safety items and ensuring all vehicles are in good working order.

“To go without an incident with the number of hours and miles our drivers log is a real testimony to their vigilance and commitment to ensuring everyone arrives safely to their destination,” Administrative Director Thayne Boden-miller said, during the special presentation.

The academy also recognizes an employee every year that goes above and beyond to be safe and promote safety among others. Stan Kelly of Cassadaga was this year’s recipient of the Safety Employee of the Year award. Kelly, a safety and security officer, ensures the campus is a safe place on a daily basis by conducting fire drills, inspecting safety equipment and touring the center on the lookout for hazards.

He distinguishes himself by volunteering many hours to the academy beyond the daily routines of his job title. Kelly, the chief of the Lily Dale Volunteer Fire Depart-ment, arranges numerous safety demonstrations on campus, plays a crucial role in training staff on safety as well as first aid and CPR and also helps coordinate the Academy Safety Cadet program.

Grabias said, “Stan is the ultimate role model for working and living safely on our center. He really looks out for everyone at the academy.”

Job Corps is a federal program which provides young people age 16-24 with career technical and academic training to ensure they are prepared to compete in the workforce upon graduation. For more information about Job Corps contact Adam Dolce, business and community liaison, by emailing dolce.adam@jobcorps.org or calling 595-4237.