As the economic recovery continues, policymakers cannot ignore the next workforce crisis on the horizon.

Job Corps is the nation’s most effective dropout recovery program

  • Estimated Lifetime Costs of Each Disconnected Youth
  • Total Cost to Taxpayers 4
  • Total Cost to Society 5
  • Estimated Annual Cost Per Job Corps Enrollee
  • POTENTIAL NET BENEFIT OF JOB CORPS SLOT
  • $1,014,140
  • $258,240
  • $755,900
  • $33,100
  • $981,040
Studies consistently find Job Corps to be the most effective national dropout recovery program, in part because it is the only program of its kind that relies on performance-based competition between private businesses, nonprofi ts, and federal agencies to continuously improve student outcomes and the program’s cost- effectiveness.

 

1 Belfield, Clive R., Henry M. Levin, Rachel
Rosen. The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth. January 2012.
2 Ibid.3 Ibid. 4 Ibid. 15 Ibid.

JOB CORPS’ HUGE RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Last year, 75% of Job Corps’ nearly 50,000 enrollees entered employment or higher education after leaving the program. That could save taxpayers and society as much as $38 billion over their lifetimes! This amounts to a return of almost $23.00 for every $1.00 invested in Job Corps.

NOW THAT’S COST-EFFECTIVE!