U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps
Job Corps is the nation's largest federally funded career training and education program for economically disadvantaged youth ages 16 through 24. Each year, Job Corps trains more than 60,000 students in more than
100 career technical areas at 124 centers across the nation. MINACT is contracted by the federal government to operate various centers and provide support services for thousands of students.
Job Corps students receive academic training, hands-on training in high-growth career areas, and life-skills training to function as productive citizens. These students have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, GED or college credit and select career training from a variety of areas related to health care, construction, culinary arts, administrative
support, advanced manufacturing, military enlistment, and technology. They participate in workplace on-the- job training and complete recognized and portable credential requirements in their training area. Employability and independent living skills are a vital element of training.
Most Job Corps centers are residential, and students receive housing, meals, basic medical care, and living allowances while enrolled.
Job Corps graduates also receive transitional support services for up to 18 months after they leave the program, including help with locating housing, child care and transportation.