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Changing Lives: Job Corps and Certification

Cody Jones recently completed the Job Corps program, earned his certification, and is now working for DeSantis Landscapes, Inc., Salem, Oregon – a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

Cody Jones

Cody has been a quiet but solid leader who has really come into his own during his Job Corps training. He acquired his Landscape Industry Certified Technician designation in Turf Maintenance from the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association. OLCA is one of several state and provincial associations that offer the national Technician-Exterior written and hands-on certification program in Oregon in partnership with NALP.

Cody’s story is also one of determination to quit being a couch potato, get himself fit and shed some seriously unwanted pounds while he was in the landscape program at Tongue Point, Astoria, Oregon. Starting at over 300 pounds, he made the commitment to himself to lose 100 pounds before he completed the program. He met his goal and inspired others along the way to his now very trim 185 pounds. A truly amazing transformation!

Job Corps changes lives in many ways.

For more information on Job Corps, visit or call 800-733-JOBS. To learn more about becoming Landscape Industry Certified, call NALP at 800-395-2522 or visit

Source: Tongue Point Job Corps Center, Astoria, Oregon, is a federal youth education and training program through the U.S. Department of Labor. Job Corps promotes NALP certification programs including the Technician-Exterior, Horticultural Technician, as well as the Lawn Care Manager designation, which is now offered online in partnership with the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education.