Program Information

Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for young people ages 16 through 24.

Students can earn a high school diploma, a high school equivalency credential, or college credits through Job Corps.

We offer career technical training in more than 100 career areas. Students receive housing, meals, basic health care, a living allowance, training, and preparation for a career, all at no cost.

For up to 21 months after graduation, a career transition counselor will help your student make the transition from Job Corps into the real world.

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The Job Corps Process


Job Corps offers more than 100 different career training areas at 125 centers across the nation. When you meet with an Admissions Specialist, you will have the opportunity to discuss your background and interests and select a vocation. The specialist will help you complete the steps necessary to enroll at a center and begin your career path.


Once you arrive at a center, you are on your way!  Your career development plan will include the necessary academic and vocational courses to ensure that you develop the knowledge and skills to help you succeed.  If you haven’t graduated from high school, Job Corps can help you earn your diploma or high school equivalency credential, and get you in a tutoring program if you need extra guidance. You will also have the chance to train with professionals at actual work sites through Job Corps’ Work-Based Learning Program. Job Corps works with employers in every corner of the country to provide students with on-the-job experience. 


Not only does Job Corps help you develop a career plan and provide the training to help you achieve your goals, but when your training is completed, Job Corps will help you get the job! A Placement specialist will work with you for up to 21 months after you graduate to help you find the right job.  If needed, Placement counselors can also help you connect with local housing, transportation, and child care resources in your neighborhood.