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 Program Design


Job Corps operates 125 centers nationwide. Most are residential campuses where students live on-site in dormitories and participate daily in a combination of classroom, practical, project and work-based learning activities designed to prepare them for careers in high-demand occupations and industry sectors. Up to 20% of Job Corps’ students participate in training as nonresidents.

Using a standardized set of eligibility criteria, program applicants are identified through a network of Enrollment Service providers. Placement services providers assist students in securing job placements or enrollment in postsecondary educational institutions or apprenticeship programs, and in identifying resources to meet their transitional needs.

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, life-long learners who are prepared for career advancement.

  • 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.


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