Center Type
Job Corps Center
Physical Address

800 E Lynn Martin Dr
Palmer, AK 99645-6785
United States

Geolocation Field
61.5896721, -149.09973
Mailing Address

P.O. Box 8005
Palmer, AK 99645
United States

Phone Number
(907) 861-8800
Fax Number
(907) 861-8986
Location Description

Alaska Job Corps Center is located in Palmer, Alaska, just a short drive from Anchorage. Students live on a 20-acre campus surrounded by wide river valleys, agricultural fields, neighborhoods, and mountains. The diverse campus encourages service learning and active lifestyles amid Alaska’s natural beauty.

Center History

Alaska Job Corps Center was announced in December of 1990 by Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole and opened in Palmer, Alaska, in April 1994.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 161 male students in five dorms and 164 female students in four dorms. Residential students live with one to three roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • computer lab
  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • vending machines
  • private bathrooms & showers in each room

An independent living adviser is on-site to help make dorm life safe, clean, and productive for the students. We also serve non-residential students.

Director Name
Malyn Smith
Director Email
Director Phone
Director Extension
Director Fax
Child Development Center

Please check with our admissions counselor for details on our Child Development Center.

Student Programs
Student Government Association
<p>The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of our students and plays a key role in the operation of the center. We encourage all of our students to join the SGA.</p> <p>The SGA Council is composed of Executive Board officers, Vocational Representatives, and Area Student Leaders. The Executive Board members are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Community Coordinator. Vocational Representatives are student leaders representing each career training program on center. The Area Student Leaders are mentors, recreational aides, residential advisors, safety marshals, and student tour guides. </p> <p>In their weekly meetings, SGA representatives make recommendations to the Center Director about rules affecting students including enforcement of rules. The Center Director also consults with the SGA before introducing new rules for students. </p> <p>SGA members also have the responsibility to: </p> <ul> <li>Be a positive role model to the other students.</li> <li>Assist in the decision-making process with the Center Director and Senior Management Team relating to policies affecting student life on and off campus.</li> <li>Develop leadership skills.</li> <li>Practice self-government and have input on center policies.</li> <li>Learn and practice positive leadership and socialization skills.</li> <li>Assist with tours on center.</li> <li>Work with all departments through the SGA Committees.</li> <li>Host activities for the student body.</li> <li>Work closely with the Business-Community Liaison to bridge the gap between the Job Corps program and the community.</li> </ul> <p>After 30 days of enrollment at our center, you may apply for the Leadership Training Class. After you complete three weeks of leadership training, you can apply for SGA membership. </p>
Native Dance Club
Arts and Crafts Club
<p>If you’re crafty (or want to be), this is the club for you. Our Arts and Crafts Club teaches students techniques on how to use inexpensive materials to make eye-catching decorative items. It’s a great way for creative students to express themselves, as well as craft a few keepsakes to remember their time at Job Corps. </p>
<p>Fostering positive relationships with the communities our centers reside is a key part of what Job Corps does. This can mean performing work in the neighborhood that aligns with a student's career pathway, such as building new playgrounds, patching up sidewalks, or cleaning up parks. At the Alaska Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Bureau of Land Management</li> <li> Mat-Su Borough</li> <li>Municipality of Anchorage</li> <li> Palmer Food Bank</li> <li> Parks and Trail organizations</li> <li> Recycle Plant</li> <li> Salvation Army</li> <li> Santa Cop</li> <li> United Way</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
High School Equivalency/High School Diploma (HSE/HSD)
<p>One of our top goals at the Alaska Job Corps Center is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her HSE/HSD prior to leaving the center. Students who don’t already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Alaska Job Corps will be assessed and scheduled into a program that best suits them. </p> <p>The center provides a High School Equivalency program that students are enrolled in if they obtain Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores of 10.5. The center also offers two high school diploma tracks. One is an on-line program through Penn Foster Online high School. The other is through the American Charter Academy in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. </p> <p>Center staff will work with each student to determine the program they qualify for.</p>
English Language Learning
<p>Students needing to learn English can enter our English Language Learning (ELL) program. Students in the ELL program are tested regularly to determine their language proficiency levels.</p>
<p>Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math, reading, science, social studies, and writing by instructors or by fellow students (Peer Student Tutors). Students interested in getting into a tutoring program may contact their instructors or the Academic Manager.</p>
College Program
<p>The College Program is an advanced training program we offer through partnerships with Mat-Su Community College and University of Alaska. To qualify for this program, a student must have a high school diploma or GED (from our center or another educational facility) and have successfully completed a vocational trade at Job Corps.</p> <p>Benefits of the College Program include:</p> <ul> <li>academic advisement, mentoring, and tutoring</li> <li> paid tuition, fees, books, and supplies</li> <li> housing and recreation</li> <li> meals provided by Job Corps, on-and-off center</li> <li> transportation to and from college of choice</li> </ul>
Driver Education
<p>Driver's Education is available to all students needing an Alaska driver's license. The class combines driving time in a center-owned vehicle and class time. Permits and licensing fees for students are paid for by the center. Arrangements for students to take the written and road examinations are also handled by the center.</p>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay in separate male and female dormitories. There are up to four students to each dorm room. Your room will be assigned to you upon arrival at the center.

Job Corps values diversity and will provide you with opportunities to live and interact with people of many different backgrounds.