Career System Development Corp




15229 Truman Street
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
641-682-0591 fax


The new Ottumwa Job Corps Center boasts green building design and new jobs for local area residents. The construction of the new Job Corps center in Ottumwa, Iowa, has had a tremendous economic impact on the local community. The $24 million project created jobs for residents in two capacities – through the 135 jobs for the construction of the facility, and the 120 permanent staff positions needed to operate the center when it opens later this year.

The impact of the new center on the local economy is substantial, but just as important are the green design elements of the building, which are expected to yield up to $250,000 in utility rebates. The LEED-based design has eight buildings, including student dormitories, academic buildings, administration buildings, a student recreation center/gymnasium, and much more. Green aspects of the buildings include geothermal heating, energy-efficient lighting in all buildings, roof and wall insulation systems, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. In addition, construction staff are recycling materials on-site and using an online submittal exchange program, which tracks the progression of the project through a paperless system.

The center is equipped to house approximately 300 students (150 residential males, 150 residential females, 0 non-residential students) and offers a GED program or a High School Diploma program in conjunction with the Ottumwa Community School District.

Job Corps students and staff will also receive a Health and Wellness Program designed specifically for them through the ICount Program. Students will receive:

  • A pedometer fitness monitor to log their steps
  • An ICount Book
  • A Personal Wellness Website
  • A 10-Week Wellness Curriculum created specifically for CPP
  • Contests, Incentive & Challenges
Career Technical Training:

In addition to academic training, Ottumwa Job Corps provides career technical training in the following career technical training trades:

  • Material Handler (on center)
  • Heavy Equipment Operator and Heavy Equipment Mechanic (offered on center through the International Union of Operating Engineers IUOE)
  • Medical Office Support (on center)
  • Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide (on center)
  • Network Cable Installation (on center)
  • Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic (offer through partner Indian Hills Community College IHCC)
  • Health Information Technology (offer through partner Indian Hills Community College IHCC)
  • Electronics/Computer Occupations (offer through partner Indian Hills Community College IHCC)
  • Renewable Energy Technician (offer through partner Indian Hills Community College IHCC)
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician (offer through partner Indian Hills Community College IHCC)
  • We will also offer Advanced College Training (ACT) for associate degree programs through our partner Indian Hills Community College IHCC.
Employer Partnerships:

The Ottumwa Job Corps Center is pleased to thank our Employer Partners of the greater Ottumwa area for their support. It is truly wonderful when a community supports its young adults with training, guidance and growth. Again, we thank you.

If you're interested in establishing a valued Employer Partnership with the Ottumwa Job Corps Center please contact for more information.