Ben D. Johnson Educational Center recruiting students for next cohort


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 4. 
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. 

This article published in the March 10, 2022, print edition.

The BDJ Center announces the new LYWD Program Administrator (PA), Darrin Nixon.  He is a Graduate of Northwestern State University and holds a degree in Psychology.  In this role, Nixon will work closely with students to build their confidence, sharpen their skills and prepare them for the workplace.  He said, “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!”
Anyone who could benefit from this program should call (318) 460-7460 and speak with a staff member, visit them at 400 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive or visit their website for more information.