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President's Weekly Message (07/02/21)

Hello API Job Corps Centers!

I want to wish you a wonderful July 4th and provide a little context to this important holiday. On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, leading to the formation of the United States. We all celebrate this day as Independence Day.

According to, conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. On June 7th, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with these famous words: "Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."

Today, the original copy of the Declaration of Independence is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and July 4th has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States laid down its claim to be an independent nation.

We are in the business of helping our students become independent and self-sustaining people. Please remember that Job Corps was created in 1964 during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of Johnson’s War on Poverty and Great Society initiatives that sought to expand economic and social opportunities for Americans. It was created to help our young people become independent.

Thank you, once again, for helping our students on their journey towards self-sufficiency. Please continue to support them. Have a safe and healthy holiday.

Dr. Wild

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