R1. Managing the Learning Environment
Centers must ensure that learning environments facilitate and support each student’s career development as follows:
a. Training facilities are safe, clean, orderly, and well-maintained.
b. Career Technical Training (CTT) facilities simulate workplaces in their layout, furnishings, training equipment, and organization to the extent possible.
c. Current training-related materials and equipment are available to students in classrooms, CTT facilities, and other learning/study areas.
d. Programs provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to attain industry certification, credentials, licensing or pre-apprenticeship status.
e. Student-to-teacher ratio for academic instructional activities is 18:1 in accordance with Chapter 5, Section 5.2, R2 Staffing Ratios. CTT program ratios will remain unchanged and in accordance with revised Exhibit 5-5. For purposes of defining training slots, one full-time student is equivalent to two training slots. For example, a 15:1 student-to-teacher training ratio translates to a 30:1 slot-to-teacher ratio. Student-to-staff ratios for nationally contracted training programs must be in accordance with contract provisions.
f. CTT and academic instructors must:
1. Remain current and knowledgeable regarding available industry certifications, prerequisites, and examination requirements.
2. Provide instruction and remedial training support that will enable students to overcome barriers in obtaining industry certifications and participating in Advanced Training (AT) or Advanced Career Training (ACT).
3. Provide contextual learning opportunities for students to improve academic skills in the CTT learning environment.
4. Collaborate in developing lesson plans, activities, and other instructional supports to ensure that industry certification requirements are addressed in the academic and career technical training settings.
5. For CTT instructors, in particular, maintain a comprehensive working knowledge of current industry skills, safety, tool accountability and security, and health requirements.
a. In collaboration with each student, develop a flexible, individualized training schedule, including participation in evening/weekend studies, tailored to the student’s individualized learning needs and career goals. Interruptions to the regular schedule must be kept to a minimum.
b. Provide time for project-based learning activities, field trips, and work-based learning experiences.
c. Develop a schedule that ensures that prior to graduation, students receive substantial practice and experience in working an eight-hour day or working hours and conditions consistent with the anticipated workplace.
d. Allow time for instructor collaboration, lesson planning, and career technical/academic integration activities.
a. Ensure that training equipment is equivalent and relevant to current industry standards, and is made available in the most cost-effective manner.
b. Maintain equipment in all learning environments in good repair.
c. Submit requests for equipment to the Regional Office (RO) for review and approval. USDA Forest Service Civilian Conservation Centers (CCCs) must submit such requests through agency protocol.
d. Ensure that students are provided with industry-standard clothing and safety equipment, in accordance with the guidelines in Chapter 6, Section 6.6, R1, Student Clothing.
R4. Personal Tools
a. Ensure that all CTT tools are accounted for and secured after each class and at the end of the training day. Assess inventory lists to ensure that all tools are accounted for, new tools are added, missing tools are reported and located before class is dismissed and properly secured, and broken tools are disposed of properly.
b. Provide tool kits to students who graduate from a contract or USDA Forest Service-operated center’s CTT program, and earn a job-training match upon initial placement. The tool kits will be provided and shipped at no cost to the student, to their home address on record.
c. Ensure that National Training Contractors (NTC) provide and ship tools at no cost to students who were enrolled in their programs and who successfully completed career technical training and obtained a job training match upon initial placement.
R5. Student Certification and Licensing
a. Provide testing, certification, and licensing at no cost to students for the following: high school diploma (HSD) or high school equivalency (HSE), learner’s permits and/or driver licenses, industry-specific career and technical, and/or postsecondary credentials. Students with disabilities must be informed of their right to request reasonable accommodation(s).
b. Ensure training provided will enable students to obtain a license or certification in the state where he or she will seek employment, if applicable.
R6. Instructional Strategies and Materials
a. Deliver career development services through a combination of center-based and work-based learning experiences designed to assist students to attain:
1. The academic, career and technical skills needed to achieve their short-term, mid-term, and long-term career goals
2. The career pathway preparation skills to obtain and retain employment that leads to economic self-sufficiency, to enter into apprenticeship programs, participate in advanced training, pursue a career in the armed forces, or to enroll in postsecondary education
3. The knowledge and skills to function as responsible citizens
b. Tailor instructional methods and expected rates of progress to the learning styles, abilities, and career goals of individual students.
c. Deliver training in the context of projects or workplace situations, using workplace materials, and employer and Workforce Council input, whenever possible.
d. Develop year-round, job-shadowing opportunities with community, industry, and employers, which will enhance students’ educational and career technical skills training experiences.
e. Ensure instructor collaboration to identify instructional strategies and develop lessons, activities, and materials that integrate academic, career technical, Career Success Standards, social development, and career pathway readiness competencies to ensure that students meet the rigor of academic credentials, career technical training programs, and certification requirements.
f. Develop and deliver student career development activities using materials and equipment that support instructional delivery.
g. Develop techniques for assisting students to become independent learners.
R7. Curriculum Content Areas and Competencies
Centers must provide instruction in the following content areas. Specific required competencies are listed in the relevant sections of this chapter. Courses may be designed to include competencies from different content areas.
c. High School Diploma (HSD) and/or High School Equivalency (HSE) Certification
d. English Language Learning
e. Career Technical Training
g. Information Technology
h. Driver Education
i. Financial Literacy
R8. Course Structure
All required content area competencies must be integrated into a variety of courses. Centers must incorporate the following course design components:
a. Content that includes, but is not limited to nationally required competencies
b. Prerequisite competency levels for placement into each academic course based on diagnostic testing
c. Individual and group lessons or project assignments designed to help students master course competencies
d. Clearly established performance levels (standards of proficiency or passing scores) for competencies, tasks, assigned projects, and/or units of study
e. A definition of course completion stated in terms of demonstrated performance levels for each demonstrated competency
f. Methods to identify and diagnose the needs of students who have difficulty progressing
g. Methods to assess progress toward certification (when applicable)
h. A course guide for instructors that documents how the components above work together to create a course of study
i. Methods for evaluating the effectiveness of course design and delivery
R9. Evening/Weekend Studies Program
a. Centers must implement a structured evening/weekend studies (EWS) program for all students that:
1. Accelerates student learning
2. Supports struggling students defined as those who have not completed a high school diploma or equivalency, or attained an Educational Functioning Level (EFL) 5 in Reading and/or EFL 6 in Math on the Test of Adult and Basic Education (TABE) 11/12 (EFL 4 in Reading and/or Math for centers in Puerto Rico), or are not making adequate progress on Training Achievement Record completion
3. Teaches study skills
4. Prepares students for tests/assessments
5. Provides instruction in life skills such as digital literacy
6. Provides enrichment activities that directly impact training-day goals and prepare students for life-long learning
7. Prepares students for up-coming instruction or application such as reading in preparation for the next day’s lesson
8. Provides “make-up” time for instructional time lost during the training day
b. Centers must connect daytime instruction/feedback to EWS student assignments, extending the training day in order to maximize student hours spent on career goal advancement.
c. Centers must offer in any configuration of days and times which allow for every student to be able to complete a minimum of 7 hours per week.
d. Centers must enroll all struggling students as defined in Section 3.1 R9.a.2.
1. Non-residential students may complete after-hours assignments off-center.
2. Centers must provide non-residential students off-center access to equipment for assignments that require the use of technology.
e. Centers must submit to their Regional Offices an operator-approved EWS plan as part of the Career Development Services System (CDSS) Plan in accordance with Chapter 5, 5.1, R3.c and R8.
f. Centers must provide technology-based learning programs in reading and mathematics. Centers may also provide technology-based learning programs that provide instruction in life, social and behavioral skills.
g. Centers must provide staffing and monitoring during EWS hours to proctor and facilitate both group and individual assignments.
h. Centers must designate center facilities such as the learning resource center, computer labs and dorm areas for group work, quiet study and instruction.
i. Centers must include EWS in the Scheduling Module of CIS and follow student accountability/attendance procedures.
a. Use formal testing procedures to evaluate the overall progress and mastery level a student has achieved in each content area, including the high school equivalency (HSE) tests, and other tests.
b. Administer the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) in accordance with procedures specified in TABE requirements and instructions (Appendix 301) to assess:
1. The reading and mathematics capability of all students at entry in order to place them at appropriate training levels and course of study
2. The achievements of students in reading and mathematics during their enrollment in Job Corps
c. Verify student mastery of career technical skills through trade-related certification testing, as applicable.
R11. Advanced Training (AT) Programs
The National Office has approved a variety of Advanced Training (AT) programs at certain Job Corps centers. Students enrolled in AT programs have the opportunity to extend their enrollment up to one full year beyond the current two-year enrollment limitation.
All students who are placed into an approved AT program must meet the AT program’s specific eligibility requirements. At a minimum, AT applicants must meet the following entry criteria:
1. Must have completed an approved prerequisite career technical training program and achieved all applicable certification requirements
2. Must hold a high school diploma or have obtained a HSE certificate
3. Must demonstrate the academic proficiency needed to succeed, as defined by the specific AT program
4. Must receive a written recommendation from the sending center and documented acceptance from the receiving center
b. Advanced Training (AT) Centers
1. To be designated an AT program, the training offered must clearly show that students will develop higher and more complex skills and competencies than those covered by the basic program. In addition, a center must either articulate an agreement with a postsecondary educational institution for students to receive college credit while enrolled in the AT program, or be supported by industry-specific partnerships. Requests for AT designation should be submitted to the Regional Office (RO) for initial evaluation and endorsement prior to being forwarded to the National Office, which will make the final determination of whether the proposed training program meets the criteria for AT designation.
2. The operator must develop outreach strategies to include enrollment, eligibility, and completion requirements to achieve and maintain the AT program’s design capacity.
3. The operator must provide reasonable accommodations to students with needs and disabilities, as appropriate.
4. Regional and National Office staff will monitor performance of approved AT programs through the Career Technical Training Report Card (CTTRC), as outlined in Appendix 501d.
c. Transfer Credits
The sending center and the AT center will receive all credits related to placement accomplishments, as outlined in Appendix 501.
R12. Concurrent Training
Job Corps students enrolled in and receiving supplemental services from one or more additional workforce development programs or other training institutions will be designated as concurrently enrolled. Concurrent enrollment arrangements must be approved by the National Office of Job Corps (NOJC), with Regional Office (RO) endorsement, and formalized by a memorandum of understanding (MOU) or contract.
Such agreements must include language that describes how each of the following requirements will be met.
a. Students must complete all Career Preparation Period requirements, including health services requirements.
b. Students must receive the full range of Job Corps services, including career development and personal face-to-face assessment and counseling. Evaluations of Student Progress (ESPs) and Pathway Achievement Records (PAR) updates will be accomplished in the same manner as for other students by uploading information in the Center Information System (CIS) e-Folder.
c. Provisions must be made to ensure that concurrently enrolled students receive the full benefit of academic, employability, and social skills training.
d. Student breaks and holidays provided by other service providers must not result in concurrently enrolled students having more non-work days than other Job Corps students.
e. Provisions must be made to ensure that students are engaged in meaningful learning or enrichment activities during their downtime (e.g., non-class days/hours, semester breaks, etc.) from participating courses.
f. Determination for the provision of reasonable accommodation must be made for students with disabilities, as required and appropriate.
g. At a minimum, the center must receive, record, and maintain regular progress and attendance reports from concurrent enrollment institutions.
h. Provisions must be made to ensure that concurrently enrolled students receive career transition readiness services prior to graduation and career transition services after graduation.
i. Concurrent enrollment arrangements must ensure that both programs are not paying for the same services. Center operating budgets/staffing must be adjusted to account for services provided by other concurrent enrollment institutions.
j. Resources from federal student aid, such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans, can be applied to college credit, reduced credit, or non-credit remedial courses, in accordance with federal student financial aid guidelines. In addition, the courses must lead to a certificate of completion or an associate’s degree at accredited higher education institutions, and must be required by Advanced Career Training (ACT) programs approved by the National Office of Job Corps (NOJC).
k. MOUs or contracts must be reviewed and approved annually by the Regional Offices (ROs). MOU/contract renewals will be due on the contract center’s anniversary or the start of each program year for CCCs.
l. A description of the approved concurrent enrollment programs must be included as part of the center’s Career Development Services System (CDSS) plan. At a minimum, the narrative must address:
1. The name and location of the service provider
2. A description of the programs offered, O*NET codes, and approved slots
3. Methods for determining entry, progress, and completion
4. A description of how the programs will be evaluated
R13. Other Training Provider (OTP) Programs
Job Corps students enrolled in and receiving career technical training at an Other Training Provider (OTP) location or other educational institution will be designated as OTP students.
a. Program Approval
1. OTP arrangements, including contracted slots designations, must be approved, in writing, by the Regional Director and formalized by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or contract between the center and the OTP provider confirming that the OTP program meets or exceeds the skill standards specified in Job Corps' national Electronic Training Achievement Records (e-TARs). Centers must verify if OTP providers’ completion and certification requirements are at least the same level as industry certification requirements and that they measure competency, not time in class. The Regional Office (RO) must include this as a criterion in evaluating and approving OTP programs.
Upon approval, the Regional Office (RO) must immediately submit a copy of the documented approval, contracted OTP slots, and MOU or contract to the National Office, Division of Educational Services. The National Office of Job Corps (NOJC) will inform the Job Corps Data Center (JCDC) of changes to programs, slots, codes, and other relevant information that need to be incorporated into the Center Information System (CIS).
To ensure timely processing of program codes in CIS, the Regional Office (RO) must submit an Other Training Provider (OTP) Program Code Request Form (Form 3-03) to the National Office, Attention: Division of Educational Services/Career Technical Training Team Leader. The National Office of Job Corps (NOJC) will inform the Job Corps Data Center (JCDC) of approved program codes and slots.
2. To ensure compliance with Chapter 3, Section 3.1, R13.a.1, the MOU must provide a description of the proposed training program(s), to include:
(a) Training in an in-demand occupation in one of the identified 11 industry areas
(b) Incorporation of current industry standards and requirements
(c) Requirements for student completion, and requirements for student certification attainment
(d) System for monitoring and documenting student progress
(e) Cost by training slot, as well as cost for equipment, supplies, and clothing
b. General Requirements
Approved OTP programs must:
1. Offer training at accredited institutions located within reasonable commuting distances of the center.
2. Offer students the opportunity to obtain career technical certification in their chosen field of study.
3. Align with the skill standards outlined in nationally developed and approved Training Achievement Records (TARs).
4. Provide reasonable accommodation(s) for students with disabilities, as appropriate.
Centers must not pursue OTP programs for which on-center programs already exist at that center. This does not preclude centers from pursuing OTP programs that offer specialized training that enhances current center offerings.
c. Entry Requirements
All OTP applicants must meet the following entry criteria:
1. Must demonstrate the academic proficiency needed to succeed in the chosen OTP program
2. Must meet entry requirements and adhere to regulations required by the training provider
3. Written parental consent must be obtained for minors prior to participation in OTP programs
d. Continued Enrollment
Once enrolled in an OTP program, to continue to participate, students must:
1. Carry enough credits and/or complete all coursework necessary to maintain adequate progress toward completion of a certification within the enrollment period.
2. Maintain “student in good standing” status throughout their enrollment in the OTP program.
Centers must develop procedures for removal of students who do not meet the requirements of items 1 and 2 above.
e. OTP Completion Requirements
To complete OTP, students must receive a full professional or completion certificate equal to or exceeding the rigor of certifications outlined by corresponding national, on-center training programs, prior to separation from Job Corps.
R14. Advanced Career Training (ACT) Programs
Job Corps students pursuing an associate’s degree at accredited higher education institutions will be designated as Advanced Career Training (ACT) students.
a. Program Approval
Regional Offices (ROs) shall approve the establishment of ACT programs at Job Corps centers with contracted ACT slots designated. Programs must be approved by the Regional Director and formalized by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or contract. Upon approval, the Regional Office (RO) must immediately submit a copy of the documented approval, contracted ACT slots, and MOU or contract to the National Office, Division of Educational Services. The National Office will inform the Job Corps Data Center (JCDC) of changes to programs, slots, codes, and other relevant information that need to be incorporated into the Center Information System (CIS).
b. General Requirements
ACT-approved Job Corps centers must:
1. Offer training at accredited postsecondary institutions located within reasonable commuting distances of the center.
2. Maintain total ACT enrollment at a single institution at a level not to exceed 5% of the institution’s total student population.
3. Ensure that the training offered to students is advanced beyond the skill levels taught in the basic career technical training and academic programs at the center.
4. Ensure that ACT programs are aligned with on-center or OTP career technical training programs to promote a student’s career development.
5. Develop a formal application and approval process to which all students have equal access, and utilize this process in selecting students for the ACT program. The application process must provide reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities, as appropriate.
6. Establish a system for regular monitoring of the performance of ACT students, via transcripts, attendance records, and other means (in accordance with Exhibit 6-1). This system should be documented in the center’s Career Development Period (CDP) Plan (see Chapter 5, Section 5.1, R8).
7. Provide opportunities for ACT students to continue to participate in center life.
8. Allow students enrolled in ACT programs to extend their enrollment up to one full year beyond the current two-year enrollment limitation.
c. Entry Requirements
All ACT applicants must meet the following entry criteria:
1. Must have completed an approved career technical training program
2. Must hold a high school diploma (HSD) or have obtained an HSE certificate
3. Must qualify on college placement tests to be eligible for the ACT entry requirements of the accredited postsecondary institution
d. Continued Enrollment
Once enrolled in an ACT program, to continue to participate, students must:
1. Carry enough credits to maintain full-time student status each quarter/semester.
2. Maintain “student in good standing” status throughout each quarter/semester.
3. Complete all course work and earn the associated number of credits each quarter/semester.
Centers must develop procedures for removal of students who do not meet the requirements of items 1 through 3 above.
e. ACT Completion Requirements
To complete ACT, students must meet the following requirements:
1. Attend the ACT institution for three academic quarters or two semesters.
2. Attain or receive one or more of the following:
(a) An industry certification
(b) A one-year certificate of completion
(c) An associate’s degree in an approved program
R15. Career Technical Training Program Changes
a. Using state and local area labor market information and with the advice of employers and the center’s Workforce Council, regularly assess the labor market demand for workers in the occupations represented on center, and in areas where graduates will seek employment, and initiate career technical training change requests when needed.
b. All requests to add, delete, expand, or reduce training offerings must be requested using the Career Technical Training Change Request Form 3-02. Specific roles and responsibilities for the timely processing and approval of requests for career technical training changes are detailed in the Career Technical Training Change Request Guidelines, Form 3-01.
c. All requests to add, delete, expand, or reduce training offerings must comply with the 85 percent to 95 percent ratio of CTT to OBS described in Chapter 3, Section 3.3 R1, Approved Programs.