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Rowan Torrey resigns as Job Corps center director

Rowan Torrey of Hazlehurst will step down as center director of the Mississippi Job Corps Center in Crystal Springs effective July 18.

Torrey has worked in Job Corps for over 26 years. As he said in a letter to friends of the center, “I have learned a lot. I am ready to challenge my knowledge and experience at a higher level. Be assured that this is done with due deliberation, prayer and preparation.”

Torrey has formed his own management and training company. He plans to seek business opportunities in government service contracts, to include recruiting and training.

Charlotte McGowan will be acting center director after Torrey’s departure. She is a native Mississippian first hired into Job Corps by Torrey in 1992.

“Please transfer your support to her,” Torrey said. “She will do a great job.”

He urged the community to continue to support the center and its new administration “to avoid any slump or decline in delivery of services to our students.”

The Mississippi Job Corps Center is located on Harmony Road in Crystal Springs. Job Corps provides comprehensive career development services to students including academic, vocational, social and independent living skills, career readiness training and support services. The unique combination of services provided in the Job Corps is intended to prepare youth to obtain and hold gainful employment, pursue further education or training, or satisfy entrance requirements for careers in the Armed Forces.

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