History

Celebrating 50 Years of Success

1964

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act into law and authorizes Job Corps....
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1964

Sargent Shriver is appointed as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity....
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1964

Otis Singletary is named National Director of Job Corps....
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1964

Charles “Hucklebuck” Logan, a 17-year-old from Baltimore, is the first person to sign up for Job...
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1965

The first Job Corps center is inaugurated at Camp Catoctin, Maryland, with 30 students and 14 staff ...
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1965

The first women’s center opens in Cleveland, Ohio....
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1966

The first center in Puerto Rico opens on Vieques....
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1967

Future boxing champion George Foreman graduates from Job Corps, which he credits with teaching him t...
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1968

The Office of Economic Opportunity sets goal of raising female participation in Job Corps to 50 perc...
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1969

Job Corps is transferred from the Office of Economic Opportunity to the U.S. Department of Labor....
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1970

Recognizing that a significant number of young mothers in low-income areas could not participate bec...
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1970

Job Corps opens its first co-educational center in Oregon. Over the next 5 years, Job Corps adds 6 ...
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1971

Job Corps’ GED success helps persuade the American Council on Education to lower testing age from ...
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1972

Job Corps develops bilingual training at 8 centers designed specifically to accommodate about 5,400 ...
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1974

Job Corps serves its 500,000th student....
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1976

91.8 percent of graduates are placed in careers, education programs, or the military....
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1978

Job Corps institutes the Advanced Career Training (ACT) program, which allows Job Corps students to ...
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1979

Job Corps celebrates 15th anniversary....
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1982

Competency-based curriculum materials are developed for most vocational programs....
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1985

Job Corps adds a pilot program for 22- to 24-year-olds....
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1989

Job Corps celebrates 25 years of service. Job Corps’ placement rate is 83.5 percent, with 66.7 pe...
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1990

Congress calls for long-term expansion of Job Corps. The 50/50 Plan is launched, focusing on improv...
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1990

Job Corps launches educational initiatives that include pilot testing curricula for parenting, socia...
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1992

Job Corps introduces performance-related student pay, incentives, and bonuses....
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1994

Nine new centers are announced in seven states....
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1995

A new code of conduct with zero tolerance for drugs and violence is implemented at all Job Corps cen...
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2000

Average hourly wage is $7.97 for graduates; national minimum is $5.15....
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2001

Job Corps adopts the CDSS (Career Development Services System) model for the program. Students go t...
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2001

U.S. Department of Labor signs agreement with U.S. Department of Education, leading to the High Scho...
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2004

Job Corps celebrates 40 years of service and has one of the highest job placement rates among the na...
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2006

Career Success Standards are introduced into the curriculum at all Job Corps centers. Standards inc...
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2008

Environmentally friendly practices are implemented on centers and into all training programs....
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2009

Job Corps launches new career training offerings, including Weatherization Technician, Overhead Line...
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2012

The program achieves a new milestone with the opening of Ottumwa Job Corps Center in Iowa—125 cent...
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2013

Job Corps launches presences on social media with a Facebook page and a YouTube channel....
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2013

Job Corps aligns its national career training programs with more than 350 industry-recognized creden...
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2014

Job Corps celebrates its 50th birthday with 125 centers in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and ...
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2014

Construction is underway for Manchester Job Corps Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. Plans are al...
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2015

Job Corps' 50th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C.
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2015

Job Corps commemorates the opening of the Wind River Job Corps Center in Wyoming.
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