History

Career Systems Development is an Independent, privately owned Company that operates several Job Corps Centers across the United States. We support thousands of young adults enrolled in a life-changing education and training program that produces skilled workers for American trades and creates new lives for graduates. Our more than 1,000 employees take pride in helping to elevate a new generation of youth into the workforce.

Career Systems firsts in Job Corps included the operation of a center designated to develop and test innovations, the operation of the only non-residential center, a pilot program to enroll and train homeless youth and a joint venture with another Job Corps contractor.

Since its first Job Corps center award in 1964, Career Systems has designed and operated cost-effective programs for such targeted populations as: the disadvantaged and hard-core unemployed, workers displaced by economic and technological changes, school underachievers and dropouts, individuals with disabilities, welfare recipients, veterans, solo parents, older workers, youth, and adults with multiple barriers to employment.

Along the way, Career Systems has developed and supplied innovative vocational assessment and training products as well as proprietary automated systems to streamline operations and client services.

CSD currently operates Job Corps Centers in the following nationwide locations:

• California (San Jose, and Sacramento)

• Iowa (Ottumwa)

• Maine (Penobscot, and Loring)

• New York (Brooklyn and South Bronx Wraparound service)

Additionally, the corporation holds two county contracts in New York:

• Chautauqua County Self-Sufficiency Subcontract in Jamestown, NY, where CSD acts as a subcontractor to Chautauqua Works WIB, offering job training, counseling, and support services to individuals seeking permanent employment.

• Monroe County Vocational Assessment & Job Placement Project (VAP) in Rochester, NY, providing vocational evaluations, education, placement, counseling, and support services.

1915
OWL Companies, the parent company of CSD is formed as a produce delivery company.

CSDC traces its origins to Graflex, Inc., a manufacturer of camera equipment through the 1950's with diversification into the specialized training of armed forces personnel in photography and photographic equipment maintenance.

1950
Graflex, Inc. soon became a part of the General Precision Equipment Company (GPE)

Graflex, Inc. soon became a part of the General Precision Equipment Company (GPE) and was aligned with Link Aircraft in the production of training simulators for driver education in schools. GPE was merged into The Singer Company in the late 60's.

1964
Job Corps underwent the greatest expansion of its history during President Carter Administration.
1988
In 1988, the Education Division was purchased by Integrated Resources, Inc. and renamed CSDC.
1996
Greg Burden, CEO of OWL International wins it’s first contract at Cassadaga Job Corps Academy.
CSD became an Independent, Privately-Owned Company.
2001
CSDC a Delaware Corp. was purchased by Owl Education & Training
In 2001 CSDC a Delaware Corp. was purchased by Owl Education & Training, a California Corporation as a wholly owned subsidiary with Administrative Offices in Rochester, NY. Owl International DBA Global initiated the novation of its three Job Corps Centers over to CSDC.
2001
CSD purchased from Vinnell Corporation, a division of Northrop Grumman Corp. both the Laredo and Humphrey Job Corps Centers.
2005
CSD is awarded the Penobscot Job Corps Center.
2009
CSD is awarded the Pittsburgh & Loring Job Corps Center.
2009
CSD is awarded Sacramento, Guthrie, and Iroquois Job Corps Center, and Treasure Island OA Contracts.
2018
CSD is awarded Sacramento, Guthrie, and Iroquois Job Corps Center, and Treasure Island OA Contracts
2018
CSD is awarded Penobscot Job Corps Center
2019
CSD is awarded Sacramento Job Corps Center
2021
CSD is awarded San Jose & Loring Job Corps Center
2023
CSD is awarded Ottumwa, NYC Bronx & Brooklyn Job Corps Center