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October 28, 2020

How Job Corps Can Support Your Career

How Job Corps Can Support Your Career
How Job Corps Can Support Your Career

If you need help with completing your high school education, career training, obtaining skills for certain industries, and ultimately finding employment, offers information on Education and Training resources, including the Job Corps program. Job Corps, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, is the largest career program in the U.S.

Who does Job Corps help?

Job Corps helps youth, ages 16 to 24, who may not have the resources to plan for and start their careers. This career program is free of cost and has served nearly two million people since 1964. Certain requirements must be met for this program including:

  • Income qualifications
  • Eligible immigration status:
    • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • A refugee, asylee, or parolee
    • DACA status
    • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • If the applicant is disabled, the maximum age is subject to change

If you are unsure if you qualify, take the Job Corps Eligibility Quiz.

What does Job Corps offer?

Job Corps offers a variety of resources for students. From support for living expenses to basic medical care, books and supplies, training programs and classes, college credits, industry-recognized certifications, and more.

Job Corps considers high-growth industries and job markets when offering programs, and provides training in industries such as:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Automotive and machine repair
  • Construction
  • Finance and business
  • Health care
  • Homeland security
  • Hospitality
  • Information technology
  • Renewable resources and energy
  • Transportation

Regarding academic education resources, Job Corps provides services that can help students with:

  • High school diploma
  • Driver’s education
  • English language learning
  • Math and reading tutoring
  • Personal career development plans
  • Fundamental employment skills

Where do I go to enroll? 

To enroll in Job Corps, fill out the Enrollment Interest Form or call 1-800-733-JOBS. Admission counselors can help you identify your goals and help you choose your career path based on your goals and interests.

There are over 120 Job Corps centers across the U.S. where students receive training and career planning support services. If there isn’t a center near you or a center that offers a program that matches your interests, Job Corps allows you to participate in programs in other states.

If you are over the maximum age or interested in learning about other available assistance, offers information on other Employment and Career Development resources. You can also visit our Newsroom to browse articles that explore education, training, and career development topics, such as “Looking for a Job? Let CareerOneStop Be Your Guide!

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