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Ben, Lee, Colmon, Carl and Henry Fuller move from Mississippi to take part in Job Corps program

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Ben and Colmon Fuller have spent decades working at Timber Lake Job Corps in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Both Ben and Colmon, along with three of their brothers, are graduates of Job Corps.

While fishing at Timber Lake Job Corps, Ben Fuller mapped out a course for the rest of his life.

"I planned my future at that lake," said Ben, who attended the program from 1983-85 and has worked at the center for more than three decades.

"I told myself I'd buy a new truck at the end of Job Corps, and in six years, I'd buy a house. All of that happened while I was sitting at that lake," Ben said.

For the Mississippi native and four of his brothers, attending Job Corps in the Pacific Northwest was a family tradition. Henry Fuller attended Tillamook Job Corps in the early 1970s; Lee Fuller attended Angell Job Corps in the early 1970s; Colmon Fuller attended Springdale Job Corps from 1979-81; and Carl Fuller attended Timber Lake Job Corps in 1987.

Tucked in the Mt. Hood National Forest near Estacada, Timber Lake Job Corps was one of nine Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers proposed for closure by the federal government in May. However, last month it was announced that the closures would be reversed.

Members of the Fuller family were happy to hear the good news about Timber Lake and other centers.

"I was very glad. I was hurting when they said it was going to shut down," Carl said.

"It was emotional because I pretty much grew up there," Ben added.

Click here to read the rest of the story in the Estacada News.

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