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 NOJC.
k. MOUs or contracts must be reviewed and approved annually by the ROs. MOU/contract renewals will be due on the contract center’s anniversary or the start of each program year for USDA Forest Service Civilian Conservation Centers (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
R2. Other Training Provider (OTP) Programs
Job Corps students enrolled in and receiving career technical training at an 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 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 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 RO must include this as a criterion in evaluating and approving OTP programs.
Upon approval, the 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 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 RO must submit an OTP Program Code Request Form (Appendix 309) to the National Office, Attention: Division of Educational Services/Career Technical Training Team Leader. The NOJC will inform the Job Corps Data Center (JCDC) of approved program codes and slots.
2. To ensure compliance with R2.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.
R3. Advanced Career Training (ACT) Programs
Job Corps students pursuing an associate’s degree at accredited higher education institutions will be designated as ACT students.
a. Program Approval
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 MOU or contract. Upon approval, the 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 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 and academic programs at the center.
4. Ensure that ACT programs are aligned with on-center or OTP career technical 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 PRH Chapter 3, Section 3.1).
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
Centers must ensure that all student progress is documented and recorded using the CIS. Approved alternate and additional forms of documentation must be included in the student’s permanent records upon separation.