No. Job Corps does not assign grades. Instead, it allows students to demonstrate their skill (competency) in a given subject area or training area. Instructors will mark the completion of training on your Training and Achievement Record (TAR).
Throughout your training, you will receive a bi-weekly basic living allowance. As your training progresses, your living allowance will increase. After you graduate, Job Corps can help you get started on your journey with a transition allowance. This allowance is based on your academic and career technical training achievement while in Job Corps.
At Job Corps, you learn at your own pace. Depending on the career area you choose and the learning pace you set for yourself, training can take eight months to two years to complete. We recommend that you remain on center for at least one year to gain the knowledge and social skills needed for your new career.
Yes. No one will force you to stay if you're not happy at the center. 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.
Yes. We require that someone (preferably a parent, guardian, foster parent, mentor, or associate who is interested in your success) come to the Information Session with you prior to enrollment. This same person must visit and meet with your career counselors monthly for the first four months of your enrollment. We strongly believe that when each student has someone interested in his or her success, achievement will follow!
Every center has their own rules about what devices are and are not allowed, and most centers that allow cell phones restrict their use to designated areas. Check with your admissions counselor to learn the cell phone policy at your center.
Students should not bring expensive video and audio equipment, computers, and similar items. Students are expected to bring personal care and grooming items. Your admissions counselor can help you determine what items are appropriate to bring on center.
Job Corps will provide your transportation to and from home for your initial trip to the center, during the winter and summer breaks, and your return trip home when you leave the program. Any other trips home must be arranged and paid for by the student. Travel costs for winter and summer breaks are considered taxable by the Federal Government. Taxes will be taken out of your living allowance.
We have agreements with community colleges or related institutions to teach career area courses or to have individual students take courses to gain college credit. We can work with students to help them transfer into college programs when appropriate.
Even before graduation, our staff will assist you in conducting a job search. They can also help direct you to the health care, housing, legal assistance, and child care you'll need after you graduate. For six months after graduation, a Job Corps Career Transition Specialist will keep in touch with you to make sure things are going well in your new career.