By David Mitchell
For The Leader-Herald
The bravery and dedication of local crossing guard Josh Corbett has inspired Johnstown residents.
Corbett works enthusiastically as a Johnstown school district crossing guard from Monday through Friday when he puts on the neon safety vest and dedicates his time to protecting others.
“Keeping everyone safe is the best part of the job. The drivers are also really kind. I enjoy my job a lot,” said Corbett.
Corbett is a student of Transitions USA, a program that aids young adults with autism spectrum disorders and other learning differences in both educational and career development. After graduating from high school in 2016, Josh began the Transitions program that same fall.
“Transitions is really great, I’ve learned a lot. I got an internship at the Mohawk Harvest which was super fun,” Corbett said. “They [Transitions] helped me get this job too, It’s a great time.”
The Director of Transitions, Jennifer Feagles, knows Corbett and his contributions:
“Josh is a great ambassador of the program. He is a role model, very energetic, and quite inspiring to be around. Josh’s time at the Mohawk Harvest was met with really positive evaluations from supervisors. He is a model student and succeeds in everything he does.”
Josh’s current goal is to get a full-time job. Corbett’s time as a crossing guard earned him distinct recognition, and a feature in November’s National Career Development Month.
“I am thankful for everyone who has helped me,” said Corbett, about his honor.
“Within our program, we look for students to obtain two internships prior to a paid job. Transitions works with scholars in career success classes to learn how to create resumes, send thank you notes after interviews, and practice interview questions. Josh has excelled in his work, and we are excited to help him succeed in his next chapter,” said Feagles.
Corbett has held the crossing guard position for the past two years, cementing himself as a familiar face within the community. His diligence on the job allowed him to develop a special relationship with the Johnstown Police Department.
“The Johnstown police are my pals. We had coffee with a cop and talked all morning,” Corbett said. “Officer Mike said that I was the bravest and most enthusiastic crossing guard ever.”
“Josh’s position is a branch of the police department under the school district. The officers consider him a coworker and engage in conversation, building rapport with each other. One of the goals with Transitions is fostering community partnership. Students can be a part of the community in dynamic ways, and Josh is a prime example of this,” said Feagles
Josh works two shifts, one in the morning and then again later in the afternoon. When schools were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, he continued to direct traffic at his intersection. When he isn’t protecting school children on the street, he enjoys spending time with his family and watching NASCAR.
“My family is amazing. I love helping my grandma with the groceries and keeping an eye on our animals. In my free time, I like to watch the Giants play football and Austin Dillon race in NASCAR,” Corbett said. “I just got my driver’s permit, I’m going to learn how to drive, too.”