Ben D. Johnson Educational Center Recruits Students for Next

Workforce Development Class, Welcomes New Program Administrator

The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center (BDJ) is seeking 17-24 year olds who are out of work and out of school to join their next training class in the Legacy Youth Workforce Development Program (LYWD). The new class will begin April 4th.

The BDJ Center staff help students identify barriers to employment and work together to remove them. They assist students with childcare, transportation, medical services, Hiset testing, and many other barriers. While in the 16-week program, students earn a stipend, enjoy free lunch daily, and receive positive mentoring and job/life skills training that will prepare them for most entry level jobs. The Legacy Cafe is where the students learn teamwork, food service skills, and more under the direction of Chef Karen Wallace.

The BDJ Center is very pleased to announce the new LYWD Program Administrator (PA), Darrin Nixon. Darrin is a Graduate of Northwestern State University and holds a degree in Psychology. In this role, Darrin will work closely with students to build their confidence, sharpen their skills and prepare them for the workplace. Darrin had this to say about his new position ,“I am thrilled to be serving as the Program Administrator for the Legacy Youth Workforce Development Program. I have always found joy in watching others grow and develop their skill set and I am honored to have an opportunity to be a part of their growth. Furthermore, I anticipate working with the rest of the BDJ Team to truly make Natchitoches a place where our youth want to be!”

If you know someone who could benefit from this program, they should call (318) 460-7460 and speak with a staff member, visit them at 400 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization located in the heart of West Natchitoches, an area in desperate need of educational and developmental resources. The mission of the BDJ Center is to build community in Natchitoches and give access to social and economic success to all its residents.