Job Corps Works

Our nation’s most successful career preparation program for at-risk young adults

For Communities

Job Corps’ return on investment is not limited to the dollars recovered as a result of its students’ educational and skills gains. Job Corps campuses also represent a base of economic activity in their communities that is particularly important during these challenging economic times.

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For Employers

Job Corps succeeds because it takes a demand-driven approach to workforce development. Job Corps recognizes that the only way to prepare workers to be successful in the workforce is to train them for the jobs and to the standards that employers themselves identify.

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For Taxpayers

Studies consistently find Job Corps to be the most effective national dropout recovery program. Last year, 75% of Job Corps’ nearly 50,000 enrollees entered employment or higher education, potentially saving taxpayers and society as much as $38 billion over their lifetimes!

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For At-Risk Youth

Job Corps students have access to charter schools, online high school programs, co-enrollment programs with local schools and community colleges, and vocational offerings in over 100 different trades in 11 major industries. Everything they need to begin a successful career!

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“We have never lost sight of our goal: an America in which every citizen shares all the opportunities of his society, in which every man has a chance to advance his welfare to the limit of his capacities…to finish that work I have called for a national war on poverty. Our objective: total victory.”

–PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON (Special Message to the Congress Proposing a Nationwide War on the Sources of Poverty through the Creation of Job Corps and Other Programs)

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The Carpentry program at the Denison Job Corps is managed by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Recently, Carpentry students helped measure, cut, and drill supplies and materials for a “Kid’s Build” project. With the help of the DJC students, children ages 5-10 built 82 “tote boxes” for no cost. #JobCorpsWorks Congressman Steve King Senator Joni Ernst Senator Chuck Grassley ... See MoreSee Less

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Maintenance of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) soccer fields in Harlan takes a great deal of time and effort. Students of the Tile Trade at the Denison Job Corps Center recently helped with the maintenance of the soccer fields. #JobCorpsWorks Congressman Steve King Senator Joni Ernst Senator Chuck Grassley ... See MoreSee Less

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In 2015, the Job Corps community lost a free-spirited soul and long-time advocate. Ray Bramucci served as Employment and Training Administration Secretary during the Clinton Administration and over the last five years as a member of the NJCA Board of Directors. Ray was a passionate believer in Job Corps and our students. His wit, kindness, commitment and fervor were always on display and made him a beloved figure in the Job Corps community. Last week, the NJCA and Job Corps community honored Ray and his wife Susan with a tree planting ceremony at the Edison Job Corps Center in his home state of New Jersey. The NJCA and Job Corps are forever grateful for his time, expertise, devotion and friendship. ... See MoreSee Less

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