The economy calls for competitive job-seeking skills. A non-profit that can help secure employment and training is Job Corps.
What is Job Corps?
Job Corps is:The nation’s largest career technical training and education program for low-income young people ages 16 through 24.
A voluntary program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, and provides eligible young men and women with an opportunity to gain the experience they need to begin a career or advance to higher education.
Where is Job Corps?
Job Corps has 125 centers nationwide, including Hawaii, Alaska, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
When was Job Corps founded?
As part of “The War on Poverty,” on August 20, 1964, Congress enacted the Economic Opportunity Act and President Lyndon B. Johnson created Job Corps.
2014 marks Job Corps’ 50th anniversary.
How much does it cost to attend Job Corps?
Job Corps comes at no cost to students or their families, but does require a time commitment.
The most successful Job Corps students are enrolled in the program for 12 to 24 months.
What does Job Corps offer?
Hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas.
The opportunity to earn a high school diploma or the equivalent, and assistance in preparing for college through educational partnerships.
Courses in independent living, employ-ability, and social skills.
Food, housing, and basic medical care.
Whom does Job Corps help?
Low-income young people ages 16 through 24 are eligible for Job Corps.
According to the most recent data available:
o 59 percent of Job Corps students are male, and 41 percent are female.
o 51 percent African-American, 28 percent white, 16 percent Hispanic.
o 2.7 million young people have graduated from Job Corps, and 60,000 young people are served by Job Corps each year.
o 82 percent of graduates joined the workforce, enlisted in the military, or enrolled in higher education.
What type of Career Technical training does Job Corp offer?
Job Corps offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas ranging from automotive and machine repair to information technology and renewable resources.
All training programs are aligned with industry credentials and are designed to meet the requirements of today’s careers.
Job Corps’ “Work-Based Learning” and community service programs allow students to gain on-the-job experience through internships with local employers prior to graduation.
How do young people enroll in Job Corps?
Low-income young people ages 16 through 24 interested in Job Corps can start the enrollment process over the phone or online by:
o Calling (800) 733-JOBS  to be put in touch with an admissions counselor their area.
o Requesting information using the online form, at www.recruiting.jobcorps.gov.
o Visiting Job Corps’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/doljobcorps and clicking the “Enroll” tab.
o Spanish speakers can visit www.mifuturo.jobcorps.gov.
How can I find out more about Job Corps?
Anyone interested in applying to Job Corps should call (800) 733-JOBS .
• Job Corps also has a number of online resources, including:
o A recruiting website, www.recruiting.jobcorps.gov.
o A Facebook page, www.facebook.com/doljobcorps.
o A YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/doljobcorps.