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Celebrating 57 Years of Job Corps

This August marks the 57-year anniversary of Job Corps, , one of our partners and the nation's largest free residential job training program for young adults aged 16 to 24.

This Department of Labor program has been helping students develop the skills they need to pursue meaningful careers and connecting them with employers looking for skilled workers in high-growth industries for 57 years. Nearly 3 million students have received job-related training as a result of Job Corps.

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

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 in the United States, including Arkansas, where students can receive training and career planning assistance. If there isn't a Job Corps center near you or one that offers a program that matches your interests, you can participate in programs in other states.


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