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 6.5 STUDENT CLOTHING

 
 

 Purpose

 

P1. To ensure that students are adequately clothed to participate in the Job Corps program.

P2. To assist students in building a wardrobe that will be suitable for their chosen career fields.

 

 Requirements

 

R1. Student Clothing

Centers must:

a. Issue, at no cost to the student, uniforms, specialized and safety equipment, and clothing necessary for a student to participate in career technical training. Such clothing and equipment must meet safety and health requirements and industry standards so that the student is able to function comfortably and effectively in all weather conditions.

b. Issue, but retain as government property, such clothing and safety equipment that is determined to be serviceable and that can be sanitized.

c. Issue, for retention by the student, safety shoes and other items that cannot be sanitized.

R2. Cash Clothing Allowance

Centers must establish a system to provide clothing allowances for students in the amounts indicated and according to the time schedule shown below:

  • First clothing allowance: $100 (requires minimum 30 days length of stay)
  • Second clothing allowance: $125 (for projected graduates only; may issue within 90 days of projected graduation)
  • AT/ACT clothing allowance: $100 (available at time of transfer)

R3. Emergency Clothing

​a. Centers must provide for emergency clothing needs and deduct the amount provided from the student’s clothing allowance.

b. In the event of a disaster declaration made by the President under the Stafford Act, at the discretion and approval of the Regional Director, students may be provided with clothing and other personal items up to $500 in value.

R4. Dress Code/Clothing Selection

Centers must develop a Student Dress Code that reflects center policy regarding appropriate dress as well as the Job Corps Student Dress Standards. Outreach and Admissions staff must include each center’s specific dress code and use of uniforms as part of the centers’ presentation to applicants on Job Corps policies and requirements. The dress code should be published in each center’s Student Handbook and the handbook should include the following minimum expectations for general student, academic classroom, career technical training (CTT) classroom, and off-center dress:

a. General Student Dress Standards:

1. Pants must be appropriate in size and worn at the waist at all times.

2. Clothing depicting violent or nude scenes; and clothing bearing profanity, references to drugs and alcohol, or otherwise provocative or inappropriate slogans, will not be permitted at any time.

b. Academic Classroom Dress Standards:

1. To allow students the opportunity to use the clothing in real work situations, the academic uniform should be without a center logo, a Job Corps logo, or any type of printing.

2. Shoes are to be neat, clean, laced and tied, and free of graffiti or markings.

c. Career Technical Training Classroom Dress Standards:

1. If CTT uniforms are issued, they should always be worn during career technical training class hours.

2. Uniforms will be neat and clean, without tears or holes, and free from markings.

3. Pants will be belted, properly fastened, and worn at the waist.

4. Clothing must be appropriate in size and worn at the proper body position. No undergarments of any kind may be visible.

5. Shoes will be issued with regard to safety issues. Where safety shoes are not required, the choice of shoes will be a standard that would appear in the workplace for that particular vocation. All footwear will be clean, polished, tied, and free of graffiti or markings.

6. For business related CTT programs (e.g., business clerical, accounting technician, medical records assistant, computer repair, retail sales), either the academic outfit or career technical training uniform (if issued) may be worn. Acceptable business attire includes business dresses (knee length), dress pants (worn at the waist), business shirts, pant suits, or skirts (knee length). Shoes are to be clean, polished and tied, and free of graffiti or markings.

d. Off-Center Activities Dress Standards:

Students are expected to represent themselves as models and representatives of the center, the Job Corps program, and the Department of Labor. All elements of the dress standards will apply.

Centers must provide guidance to students regarding appropriate types of clothing for the workplace in their chosen fields, and centers must ensure that purchases made by students with their cash clothing allowance are for interview- and work-appropriate clothing.

R5. Documentation

Centers must maintain records and receipts in each student’s personnel file for each clothing purchase. Such records must include a signed receipt for all clothing allowances issued to the student.

R6. Inventory

Centers must:

a. Conduct and record an inventory of clothing and other personal effects when a student enters the residential program, and update the inventory after each clothing issue or purchase.

b. Inventory and secure a student’s clothing and personal effects when the student is absent from the center without permission for more than 24 hours.

R7. Welcome Kit

Upon arrival, centers must provide each residential student with the following personal items at no cost to the student:

a. Towels and wash cloths

b. Laundry bag

c. Toiletries