Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

239 W Lake Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30314-1803
United States

Geolocation Field
33.7607577, -84.4420887
Phone Number
(404) 794-9512
Fax Number
(404) 794-8426
Location Description

Atlanta Job Corps Center is located just a short drive from downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The three-acre campus is close to the Georgia Dome and the CNN Center.

Center History

The building that houses the Atlanta Job Corps Center began in 1951 as the Waluhaje Hotel Apartment, an African-American-owned luxury hotel that was known for featuring popular jazz musicians. In 1967, the Waluhaje was purchased by Mrs. Mamie Jones of the Mamie McLendon Jones Enterprise, Inc., of Atlanta. Mrs. Jones and her sons played a key role in bringing the Atlanta Job Corps to town, and in 1969 the building became the headquarters for Atlanta's Job Corps program.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 325 female students in dorms. Residential students live with up to four roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV rooms
  • lounges
  • vending machines

Each dorm room has a private bathroom that residential students share with their roommates. We also serve non-residential students.

Director Name
Karen Rene
Director Email
Director Phone
Director Fax
Child Development Center

Our Child Development Program is designed to provide supportive childcare and pre-K services for non-resident students including counseling support to help them in their role as parents. The Child Development Program can accommodate up to 52 children between the ages of 16 months and five years. Children enrolled in this program are exposed to a variety of activities including projects, educational programs, outdoor play, and field trips.

Center History Image
old postcard photo of one of the center's building
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>
Book Club
<p>A good book not only gets you caught up in its story but takes you to places you have never been and introduces you to characters with backgrounds and views that are different from your own. By experiencing these new places, events, and characters, the reader's perspectives expand, their understanding of the world grows, and they become wiser and better people as a result.</p> <p>Reading is an important life skill, but it's also simply fun, even more so if your friends are reading the same book. In this spirit, our Book Club brings students from different backgrounds together to discuss deeper topics and grow their friendships through a similar interest: reading.</p>
Dance Team
<p>Experience the wonder of dance and the joy of performing in a safe and supportive environment with Dance Team. Students are exposed to an array of dance styles and learn to see dance as an art, a way of expression. Like any art, the emotions and messages it can convey are limited only by the dancer’s imagination, from simple expressions of fun and joy to deeper, more poignant messages. In addition to making new friends and learning new dance styles, studying dance can lead to better balance and more fluid movement in everything you do.</p>
Student Ambassadors
<p>In the Ambassador Program, students develop effective communication skills by promoting our center to various groups. Student ambassadors are called upon to:</p> <ul> <li>Meet and greet visitors to our center</li> <li> Share their Job Corps experiences and success stories with business and industry organizations</li> <li> Articulate the goals and expectations of Job Corps</li> <li> Visit local schools to help recruit new students for the Co-enrollment Program </li> </ul>
<p>Toastmasters is an organization that helps members improve their communication and listening skills to become confident public speakers and strong leaders. The organization's supportive &#8220;learn-by-doing&#8221; environment allows members to achieve their goals at their own pace. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. </p> <p>Throughout its history, Toastmasters has served over four million people, and today the organization serves over 345,000 members in 142 countries, through its over 15,900 member clubs.</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 Atlanta Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work: </p> <ul> <li>Atlanta Zoo</li> <li>Books for Africa</li> <li>Hands On Atlanta</li> <li>Project Open Hand</li> <li>Veterans Empowerment Organization </li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED Program
<p>One of our top goals at Atlanta Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED or high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Our GED program provides detailed training for the five subject areas of the GED battery test.</p>
Online High School Diploma Program
<p>Our self-paced online high school diploma program re-engages disconnected students through an innovative curriculum that integrates technology with academics and provides them the opportunity to earn a high school diploma. The program is provided through School for Integrated Academics and Technologies (SIATech) under the auspices of the Atlanta Public Schools and is accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Secondary Schools and other national accreditation agencies.</p>
Advanced Career Training
<p>The Advanced Career Training (ACT) program allows our students to enter community and technical colleges in the Atlanta metropolitan area. These colleges include Atlanta Metropolitan College, Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta Technical College, and Dekalb Technical College. The credits that our students receive in ACT are transferable to other colleges and universities. . 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>
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>
Tutors and academic support
<p>Tutoring programs are available for math, reading, and social studies where students are tutored 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>
Driver Education
<p>Driver's Education is available to all students needing their driver's license.</p>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay in female-only dormitories with up to four roommates. 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.