Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career-training program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years. Using a standardized set of eligibility criteria, program applicants are identified through a network of enrollment service providers. The program helps eligible young people ages 16 through 24 train for meaningful careers, complete their high school education, and obtain employment. Job Corps has trained and educated more than 2 million individuals since 1964.
Although each center is unique, all provide the following program components:
• Training leading to mastery of academic, technical, and applied standards and attainment of industry-recognized credentials.
• Instruction, experience, and practice that enables students to become independent and ready to contribute to the workforce.
• Activities and experiences to assist students in developing skills for self-sufficiency, independent living, and responsible citizenship.
• A safe, secure learning and living environment.
• Basic support services that enable students to fully participate in and complete their training.
• Oversight and management systems to ensure program quality, accountability, integrity of data and funds, and achievement of performance outcomes.
• Collaboration with workforce partners, employers, and community organizations.
At Job Corps, students have access to room and board for up to 3 years, while they learn skills in specific training areas. In addition to helping students obtain career technical skills, complete their education and gain employment, Job Corps provides transitional support services, such as help finding employment, housing, childcare, and transportation. Job Corps graduates either enter the workforce or an apprenticeship, go on to higher education, or join the military.