New beginnings: Trapper Creek Job Corps changing lives

Perry Backus

When Brennan Williams graduated from Corvallis High School in 2017, he set a school record by being tardy to class 72 times in a single semester.

Alyssa Leno of Missoula dropped out of high school and lived with doubts about herself and her future.

Today, the people they see in the mirror is something far different than that.

Both are nearing the end of their time at Trapper Creek Jobs Corps where they serve as student government leaders and examples of what’s possible for new students just entering the program.

The two were among 200 sent home in March 2020 when the center southwest of Darby was forced to close to onsite learning due to the pandemic.

They were also among the first to return when Trapper Creek began bringing students back starting Jan. 11.

While the wait was longer than they had hoped, both knew they wanted to return to finish the program.

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“I was working a contracting job in North Dakota and getting paid really well,” Leno said. “I knew that I had a lot of unfinished business and I wanted to complete something for once

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