CASSADAGA - Shannon Frentz really did not know much about Job Corps when she began an internship at the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy while enrolled at SUNY Fredonia in 2010, but the experience really stuck with her and helped to launch her career.
"My internship at Job Corps taught me so much, about the career I wanted, and about the Job Corps program overall. I learned who the students were, how much Job Corps had to offer and saw some great things there," Frentz said.
Upon graduating from Fredonia in 2010 with bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and psychology, Frentz moved to Pittsburgh and began working as a mental health counselor for a community agency. It was not long before she found herself once again on a Job Corps campus, this time at the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center, employed as a career counselor. She remained employed at Pittsburgh for almost three years before returning to Western New York. In reflecting back on her employment in Pittsburgh, Frentz stated that "it was really where I launched my career. I became invested in my students' lives and it was rewarding to see their growth and success."
Not long after coming back to the area Cassadaga Job Corps Academy began searching for a new career counselor. Frentz jumped at the opportunity to return to Job Corps once again. She was hired and began in the position on March 10. In this role she will serve as the advocate and adviser for her students. She will help with goal setting, provide career guidance, help resolve personal concerns and manage evaluations, leaves and other critical items for a student's time at the academy.
"I fell in love with Cassadaga as an intern," Frentz said. "Nothing else, professionally, compares to the closeness and sense of family that is at the Cassadaga Academy and I am so excited to become a part of that."
Frentz resides in Panama with her husband and infant daughter.
The Cassadaga Job Corps Academy provides career technical training to more than 300 students per year, helping to prepare young people to be successful in the workplace. Students who are also in need of a diploma are given the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma while enrolled. All students attend on a federal scholarship after being deemed eligible according to Job Corps guidelines. For more information about the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy please visit or call Adam Dolce, business and community liaison, at 595-4237.