Job Corps Administrator
Lenita Jacobs-Simmons is the Interim National Director for the Office of Job Corps, under the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA). As the National Director, she has the responsibility for leading the program and its 125 Job Corps centers throughout the country. The Job Corps program serves over 60,000 youth, ages 16-24, each year. The largely residential program offers participants opportunities to secure academic and vocational credentials and assists them with securing placement in education, employment, or the military upon graduation from the program.
Previously, Ms. Jacobs-Simmons served as the Regional Administrator for ETA in Region 2, Philadelphia. In this capacity, she was responsible for oversight of ETA's Philadelphia region which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Programs administered in that region by ETA and its state and grantee partners include the Workforce Investment Act, Unemployment Insurance, and the Wagner Peyser Act. Ms. Jacobs-Simmons was responsible for the oversight of almost $2 billion in Federal grants administered by more than 150 grantee organizations
Ms. Jacobs-Simmons joined ETA in 1999 as Deputy Assistant Secretary. She was appointed Regional Administrator in 2002. Ms. Jacobs-Simmons also has a distinguished history of public service in South Carolina where she served as the Grants Administrator for the Charleston County government and Executive Director of the Trident Workforce Investment Board. In these capacities, she was responsible for unifying a tri-county area and implementing the first One-Stop Delivery System in the state of South Carolina.
A Philadelphia native, Ms. Jacobs-Simmons is a graduate of Temple University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.