Frequently Asked Questions about Job Corps

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    What does Job Corps offer?

    Job Corps offers hands-on training in more than 100 career training areas, including: automotive and machine repair, construction, finance and business services, health care, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, renewable resources, and many more. All training programs are aligned with industry-recognized credentials and are designed to meet the requirements of today's careers.

    Job Corps also offers the students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or the equivalent. Job Corps also offers community college partnerships, where Job Corps students are able to take college-level classes and earn college credit while enrolled in the program.

    Courses in independent living, employability skills, and social skills are offered to all Job Corps students in order to help them make the transition into the workplace. For more information, please see our Recruiting Website.

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    Where is Job Corps?

    Job Corps has 125 centers nationwide, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Please see our Locations page to find the Job Corps center nearest you.

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    What is Job Corps?

    Job Corps is a tuition-free training and education program that connects eligible young men and women with the skills and educational opportunities they need to establish real careers.  A voluntary program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps provides eligible young people with an opportunity to gain the experience they need to begin a career or advance to higher education.  To find out more about the Job Corps program, please feel free to explore our Website, and in particular, our About Job Corps page.

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    What kind of training is available through Job Corps?

    Job Corps offers career technical training in more than 100 career training areas.

    Students also receive academic training and tutoring options in several areas including English Language Learning, reading, writing, science, and math.  Professional development opportunities are offered in order to help students transition into the workplace.

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    What else does Job Corps have to offer?

    Job Corps offers career planning, on-the-job training, and  job placement.  In addition, Job Corps provides students three meals a day, basic medical care, and clothes and supplies needed for their training.  All students also receive a small stipend to pay for toiletries and other similar items.

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    Does it cost anything?

    Job Corps' training and education opportunities are available at no cost to all eligible students.

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    What are the rules at Job Corps?

    Like any place, all Job Corps centers have rules and regulations to follow. These rules are in place to help keep you safe, to help simulate the workforce environment, and to help eliminate distractions so you can succeed in academics and training. Job Corps has a strict Student Conduct Policy.  Violence and drug use are strictly prohibited to ensure all students can train and learn in a safe environment.  Any student who violates this policy will be removed from the Job Corps program.

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    Do I get paid while I am at Job Corps?

    Throughout your training, you will receive a basic living allowance. As your training progresses, your living allowance will increase. Job Corps can also help you get started after you graduate with a transition allowance. This allowance is based on your academic and career skills achievement while in Job Corps.

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    Do I have to live at the center?

    Most students live at the center, but some centers serve nonresidential students as well. Nonresidential policies vary at each center, so check with your Admissions Representative for details.

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    Can I bring my child with me to Job Corps?

    Job Corps does offer childcare assistance at some center locations. Your Admissions Representative will explain what options are available.

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    Who do I have to live with?

    Most centers offer separate male and female dormitories.  The living arrangements are different at all Job Corps centers; but while you are enrolled in Job Corps, you typically live with roommates in a dormitory on campus.

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    Can I choose the center I would like to attend?

    Most Job Corps students live in dorms on campus at one of 125 centers across the county.  Students are assigned to the center that best meets their training and education needs/goals.

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    What do I have to wear?

    While you are responsible for providing your own everyday clothes, there are rules about personal appearance that are set by individual centers. Generally articles of clothing with offensive wording, large amounts of jewelry, or any items that promote drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or violence are not allowed.

    Many centers require students to wear uniforms during the training day. If that applies to you, your uniform will be provided by your center.

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    When can I go home to visit?

    Job Corps will provide your transportation to and from home for your initial trip to the center and returning to your home when you leave the program.  Any other trips home must be arranged and paid for by the student.

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    Can my family visit me on center?

    Yes. Your parents or guardians are invited to visit you at the center. Please have them contact the center in advance of their visit.

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    How long do I have to stay at Job Corps?

    The length of time for every student is different and depends mostly on the criteria/credentials students entered the program with(high school diploma/high school equivalency credential) and the credentials the student hopes to leave with(multiple training area completions, Advanced Training, etc.). The most successful students stay in the program for at least 18 months.

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    What happens after I graduate from Job Corps?

    Job Corps graduates either enter the workforce or an apprenticeship, go on to higher education, or join the military.

    After Students complete the program, Job Corps provides transitional support services, such as help finding employment, housing and transportation.

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    Can Job Corps help me get into college after I graduate from the program?

    Some centers have community college partnerships, where Job Corps students are able to take college-level classes and earn college credit while enrolled in the program.  The centers that offer these partnerships will arrange transportation to and from the college and help make sure students have what they need for classes.

    Continuing education and pursuing a college degree is also an option for Job Corps graduates.  Staff guide students through this decision and help them complete the application process.

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    What if I don't like it? Can I leave Job Corps?

    Yes. No one will force you to stay if you're not happy at the center, but you must be committed to the program to benefit from it. All we ask is that you try your best to succeed. We promise you this: It will be difficult sometimes, and we will challenge you. But if you don't quit on us, we won't quit on you.

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    How do I enroll in Job Corps?

    You can enroll in Job Corps by starting your application here or by calling (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627 today!

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    Can I take personal belongings to Job Corps?

    Students should not bring expensive video and audio equipment, computers, and similar items. Students are expected to bring personal care and grooming items. Job Corps provides many of the everyday necessities needed to work and train, like clothing and supplies for career training, sheets, towels, and food.  Students may also want to bring a few personal items from home such as personal photos or inexpensive mementos, toiletries, books or magazines, and casual clothes.  You can also bring your cellphone, and common-area phones are available if you do not have a cellphone.

    Your Admissions Representative can help you determine what items are appropriate to bring on center.