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Job Corps

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Agency overview
Formed 1964
Type Vocational Education
Jurisdiction United States
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Agency executive
  • Lenita Jacobs-Simmons, Director
Parent department Department of Labor
Website www.jobcorps.gov


Job Corps is a program administered by the United States Department of Labor that offers free-of-charge education and vocational training to young men and women ages 16 to 24.

Job Corps' mission is to help young people ages 16 through 24 (soon to be 28) improve the quality and satisfaction of their lives through vocational and academic training.

Job Corps was initiated as the central program of the Johnson Administration's War on Poverty, part of his domestic agenda known as the Great Society. Sargent Shriver, the first Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, modeled the program on the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Established in the 1930s as an emergency relief program, the CCC provided room, board, and employment to thousands of unemployed young people. Though the CCC was discontinued after World War II, Job Corps built on many of its methods and strategies.

The first National Director of the Job Corps program was Dr. S. Stephen Uslan, who was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson and reported directly to Sargent Shriver. The current national director of the Office of Job Corps is Lenita Jacobs-Simmons The Job Corps program is currently authorized under Title I-C of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Since its inception in 1964 under the Economic Opportunity Act, Job Corps has served more than 1.9 million young people. Job Corps serves approximately 60,000 youths annually at Job Corps Centers throughout the country.

A person is eligible for Job Corps if he or she meets the following criteria:

Applicants to the Job Corps program are identified and screened for eligibility by organizations contracted by the U.S. Department of Labor. Each student in the Job Corps goes through four stages of the program:

Outreach and Admissions (OA): This is the stage at which students visit admissions counselors and gather information, as well as prepare for and leave for their Job Corps Centers. Transportation is provided to and from the centers by Job Corps.



  • Lenita Jacobs-Simmons, Director
  • Is a legal U.S. resident; lawfully admitted permanent resident alien, refugee, asylee, or parolee, or other immigrant who has been authorized by the U.S. attorney general to work in the United States; or resident of a U.S. territory.
  • Meets low-income criteria.
  • Is in need of additional technical training, education, counseling, or related assistance to complete schoolwork or to find and keep a job.
  • Has signed consent from a parent or guardian if he or she is a minor.
  • Has a child care plan if he or she is the parent of a dependent child.
  • Does not exhibit behavioral problems that could keep him, her, or others from experiencing Job Corps’ full benefits.
  • Does not require any face-to-face court or institutional supervision or court-imposed fines while enrolled in Job Corps.
  • Does not use drugs.
  • Automobile technician
  • General services technician
  • Collision repair and refinish
  • Heavy construction equipment mechanic
  • Diesel mechanic
  • Medium/heavy truck repair
  • Electronics tech
  • Stationary engineering
  • Atlanta Region
  • Boston Region
  • Chicago Region
  • Dallas Region
  • Philadelphia Region
  • San Francisco Region
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