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Job Corps

Student Life

Life at a Job Corps center can be an exciting and educational experience. A Job Corps center is a great place to complete an education, learn a marketable trade, make lifetime friends and graduate with a good job in hand. Each Job Corps center is unique. Most, however, feature campus-like settings with dormitories where students live.

Job Corps provides its students the guidance and support they need to achieve long-term employment and success. The student "life cycle" includes the following four phases:

  1. Outreach and Admissions (OA)
  2. Career Preparation Period (CPP)
  3. Career Development Period (CDP)
  4. Career Transition Period (CTP)
  1. Outreach and Admissions (OA)

    It is during this first phase of the program that students learn:
    • What Job Corps is about
    • How Job Corps can help him/her start a career
    • What learning and working on a Job Corps center will be like
    • What his/her responsibilities will be as a student
    • What vocational offerings will be available at his/her chosen center.
  2. Career Preparation Period (CPP)

    During the first 60 days on a Job Corps center students:
    • Learn, demonstrate, and practice personal responsibility skills required at the workplace
    • Acquire job search skills including computer fluency
    • Create and commit to a personal career development plan (PCDP)
    • Visit and learns about One Stop Career centers.
  3. Career Development Period (CDP)

    With the help of center staff and employers, the student learns, demonstrates and practices industry-related:
    • Technical and academic skills
    • Interpersonal communication and problem solving skills
    • Social and personal management skills.
    The student then:
    • Begins the job search process
    • Prepares for independent living
  4. Career Transition Period (CTP)

    During CTP, which begins on center and extends to the post-center period, students:
    • Participate in a structured, on-center career transition readiness course
    • Obtains employment
    • Locates living accommodations, transportation and family support resources
    • Continues to contact Job Corps service providers to seek their support if needed
    • Responds to six and 12 month survey requests