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Are you curious about Job Corps? This FAQ series answers your burning questions about this incredible program. Here are the basics!

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What is Job Corps?

Job Corps is a residential program that provides young adults ages 16-24 with comprehensive education and career training and support to gain the skills needed for a successful career.

Who is eligible to join Job Corps?

Job Corps is open to young adults aged 16 to 24 who meet certain income and other eligibility criteria.

Is Job Corps free?

Job Corps is a 100% tuition-free program. All the services, including housing, meals, academic and career training, and support (basic healthcare, mental health services, counseling), are provided at no cost.

How long does the Job Corps program last?

The length of Job Corps can vary depending on the career preparation training you choose. On average, students graduate within 9-10 months.

What kind of training programs are available?

Each campus offers a variety of career preparation training programs, such as healthcare, construction, manufacturing, homeland security and protective services, hospitality and and many others.

Will I receive a high school diploma or GED through Job Corps?

Yes, if you need a high school diploma or GED, Job Corps offers
opportunities for students to earn one upon enrollment.

Does Job Corps help me find a job?

Yes, Job Corps helps students transition into a career by connecting you to local employers. Job Corps also offers career counseling, resume building and job search support.

What kind of support services does Job Corps provide?

Job Corps provides a range of support services, including counseling, healthcare, childcare assistance, transportation, and academic and career training support.

Does Job Corps provide housing?

Job Corps provides dorm-life housing for students. You will have a safe and comfortable place to live, learn and connect with others. Job Corps also offers some students the opportunity to commute.

How do I apply for Job Corps?

To apply for Job Corps, you can visit or call (800) 733-JOBS. You will need to provide a valid ID, proof of age, proof of income eligibility, and educational records, such as transcripts or diplomas, during the application process.

What can I bring to a Job Corps campus?

Job Corps provides dorm furniture, sheets, pillows and other basic supplies. You can bring gaming system, small TVs, personal decor and other ways to make your room feel like home!

Can I work in the evenings and weekends?

Yes, we encourage students to get part-time jobs on the evenings and weekends, and Job Corps will even help with transportation.

Can I go home on the weekends?

Yes, if you are a student in good-standing, you can earn weekend passes to go home and visit your family and friends. We will also help provide transportation, if necessary.

What happens if there's an emergency at home?

First, Job Corps helps you stay connected with family and friends. If there’s an emergency, we will help you get home. Depending on the level of the emergency, you can take time off and rejoin us when you’re ready.

Are there exercise and recreational facilities?

Yes! Job Corps provides a variety of campus activities, including
student-led organizations, fitness centers and gyms, indoor recreation areas (arts and crafts), and health and wellness activities. Job Corps provides an opportunity for you to create lasting friendships too!

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