• What is Job Corps?

    Over the last 50 years, Job Corps has built a reputation as the nation’s largest and most successful residential and educational workforce training program for economically disadvantaged youth, ages 16 through 24. This voluntary program serves nearly 65,000 young Americans every year and has trained and educated more than two million youth since the first Job Corps Center opened in 1965.

  • How does Job Corps work?

    Interested youth apply to join the program though an Admissions Counselor. Eligible youth are assigned to a specific Job Corps center, usually one that is located nearest to the applicant’s home and offers vocational training of interest. Most students live on Job Corps Centers, which are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Job Corps also offers non-residential programs at most locations. While living on the Center, students participate in academic and vocational training, internships, employability skills and personal development. After students leave the program, Job Corps provides placement assistance for up to a year to help participants obtain jobs, further education or enlist in the military.

  • How long do students stay in Job Corps?

    Job Corps is a self-paced program, and the lengths of stay vary. Students may remain enrolled for up to two years, but the average length of stay for graduates is approximately 1 year. An optional additional year is granted for students who participate in advanced vocational training or attend college.

  • Where is Job Corps?

    Job Corps has 125 centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. While Job Corps serves thousands of youth each year, there are more than 6 million economically disadvantaged youth eligible to participate in the program.

  • What do Job Corps students learn?

    As part of their Job Corps training, students learn vocational trades through a variety of methods, from hands-on instruction to job shadowing to internships. Nationally, Job Corps offers more than 100 occupations in industries demonstrating significant labor market trends, including automotive, IT, security, construction, and health care. This holistic approach to training allows students to learn the employability skills that employers state are the key to success in the workplace. Additionally, Job Corps provides critical academic training, including high school diploma and equivalency programs, and at some Centers, college enrollment.

  • Does Job Corps assist students after graduation?

    Job Corps provides placement services for 12 months to ensure graduates have the support system to succeed in the workplace. For example, through regular follow-up, Job Corps provides graduates with transitional needs such as housing location services, transportation, childcare, and financial planning.

  • Who is eligible to enroll in Job Corps?

    Income level determines Job Corps eligibility. Only low-income youth who lack the skills necessary to find a job are eligible for admission to Job Corps. To be admitted to this voluntary program, Job Corps candidates must be free of behavioral and drug problems and must agree to abide by Job Corps’ Zero Tolerance policy for drugs, alcohol, and violence.

  • What are Job Corps’ academic benefits?

    Seventy-four percent of Job Corps enrollees are high school dropouts. However, because of successful partnerships, small classes, and dedicated teachers, most Job Corps students dramatically improve their math and reading skills over their stay in the program.

  • Who runs Job Corps?

    Job Corps is funded by Congress and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Private sector companies, such as Adams and Associates, which have been awarded contracts through a competitive bid process, handle most Center operations, recruitment, admissions, and job placement. Private sector employer partners, international labor unions, national trade associations, and national community- and faith-based organizations make significant contributions of equipment, curriculum and instructors to enhance the quality of Job Corps’ training.

  • What role do employers play in Job Corps?

    Job Corps works with national and local employers to provide the entry-level employees they need, where and when they need them. Employers help students prepare for careers through involvement in areas ranging from curriculum design to mock interviews to internships. They also assist in students’ career transition from Job Corps to the workforce through mentoring and support services.

  • Is Job Corps accountable for its results?

    Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor establish performance measures for Job Corps on a yearly basis. Job Corps’ Center operators are evaluated based on Center performance including academic and vocational achievement and job placement of its participants.

  • Is Job Corps successful?

    Typically, 90% of all Job Corps graduates are successfully placed, with 76% getting jobs, 3% enlisting in the military and 11% enrolling in college.