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HOUSTON – Mr. John Landry is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and the oldest of seven children. At an early age, he was exposed to diverse cultures and regions due to his father’s commitment to the United States military. While Landry and his family travelled abroad frequently, his formidable years of education were spent in Europe.

After graduating high school in Europe, Landry attended the University of Maryland and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Upon completing four years of undergraduate studies, he enrolled into the military and dedicated eight years of service. While there, he served in Korea and obtained various medals and recognition for his outstanding contributions. Furthermore, he was the first African-American instructor in a highly-classified field of intelligence. He also met and married his wife, Karen Landry.

Landry went on to work for the railroad, until retirement. Following, he was employed by Homeland Security for 20 years. During that period, his daughter became very ill and eventually passed away. He retired from Homeland Security within the same year. Simultaneously, his wife retired from the VA Hospital, after nearly three decades. After having become accustomed to operating in professional fields for majority of both their lives, retirement did not appease the pair. Therefore, Karen applied with the United States Department of Labor and went back to work as a Counselor for Job Corps. Intrigued by the functioning of the Department and excited at the opportunity to help others, Landry applied also. Due to his extensive background in leadership, he was hired on as the Outreach Specialist for the U.S Department of Labor, Job Corps. Today, Landry devotes his time spreading the many beneficial assets of the organization. He is a representative of Cornerstone Solutions, Inc., which is under contract by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps.

U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps

                  Job Corps is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth. It is a unique and effective solution for at-risk youth which, combines classroom, practical and work-based learning experiences to prepare youth for stable, long-term, high-paying careers. Job Corps is a free governmental-regulated program that has the ability to transform and secure a young person’s life. The service provides a first chance to some and a last chance to others. Candidates seeking entry into the program must be: a U.S. citizen, ages 16 through 24 and low-income. There are 125 centers throughout the nation, with four located in the State of Texas.

Cornerstone Solutions, Inc. under contract with the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps

Cornerstone Solutions, Inc. is a family-based organization that is stretched out into different locations within the United States. It was incorporated in the State of Georgia by founder, Mr. Ronald E. Jones. Jones is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and Prairie View A &M University graduate. He received the contract to operate under the U.S. Dept of Labor, on December 16, 2004. Since that time, he has secured a solid presence of centers throughout the country. Cornerstone subscribes a mission to, “deliver solutions, programs and services that add value and demonstrably beneficial outcomes to customers, constituents and the community, while maintaining uncompromising core values.”


In Landry’s role as outreach specialist he visits: local high schools, churches, homeless shelters, non-profit organizations and various events throughout the city advertising the resources available for the community through Job Corps. Additionally, he has aligned with varying organizations on behalf of Job Corps, such as: Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Turnaround Houston, the Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development and the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County.

                  Twice a month, Landry takes candidates for the program on a tour to the nearest center in Gary, Indiana. Those who desire to become a part of the organization after viewing the campus are referred to counselors, who enroll them into the program. Once enrolled, recruits leave home to stay on the campus. The program offers a wide variety of services including: (State of Texas) high school diploma, driver’s license, medical, mental and/or emotional attention, certification in a field of choice and transition money upon exit. To date, there have been numerous success stories for youth that have effectively completed the program.

Mr. Landry has made a commitment for the rest of his days to continue seeking out people that are in need and do his very best to try to render some type of help to them. He says, “My wife and I truly enjoy helping people, especially the youth.” “It is the highlight of our day to get a hold of some of our young people and try to make a change in their lives,” he added.

John and Karen Landry have been married for 28 years. Together they have five successful children, of whom one is deceased. Mr. Landry enjoys traveling overseas and within the United States and has a hobby of collecting cups, from his travels. They are proud members of, Southwest Community Baptist Church “The Bridge”, under the leadership of Dr. Gregg J. Patrick.

If you are someone you know, meets the requirements for Job Corps contact, Mr. John Landry at (832) 581-7847 or email For more details about the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps visit, and for information about Cornerstone Solutions visit