Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

478 Meadows Br
Prestonsburg, KY 41653-1519
United States

Geolocation Field
37.657279, -82.7232283
Phone Number
(606) 433-2256
Fax Number
(606) 433-5401
Location Description

Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center is located on 14 acres in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, near Jenny Wiley State Park.

Center History

The Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center first opened in 1980 as the Prestonsburg Job Corps Center. In 1985, the center name was changed to honor Carl D. Perkins, who served in the U.S. Congress for 35 years as a representative from the state of Kentucky.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 160 male students and 80 female students in two dorms. Each room has a private bathroom. Residential students live with up to three roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • TV lounges
  • computer labs
  • wi-fi
  • no-cost laundry facilities
  • irons & ironing boards
  • microwaves
  • vending machines
  • private bathrooms 

Residential advisers are on-site to help make dorm life safe, clean, and productive for students. We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Paulena Davis
Director Email
Director Phone
Director Fax
Student Programs
Student Government Assocation
<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.<br> </p>
Billiards Club
<p>Billiards is a great game for developing skills related to focus, strategy, and poise under pressure. It’s also simply a fun game and a great way to make new friends. The Billiards Club is the place to meet pool players of all levels at the center. Beginners are welcome and will receive tips and instruction from more experienced players.</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>
Crochet Club
<p>Whether you’re a veteran yarn spinner at or are just getting hooked on crochet, our Crochet Club has something for you. Meeting up with fellow crocheters is a great way to learn and share techniques, craft a new article of clothing or blanket, and simply have fun with new friends. </p>
Gamers Club
<p>Gamers Club provides a venue for students to compete in a variety of board games, RPGs, and other social games, particularly those that develop strategy, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. In addition to being a fun way to blow off some steam between studying and classes, it’s a great way to meet people who share your interest in gaming. </p>
Homemakers Club
Media Club
Movie Club
<p>Movie Club is a chance for aspiring filmmakers and fans to get together to watch, discuss, and review a wide variety of films. Members will also learn filmmaking methods and history. By showing us who we are and -perhaps more importantly- who we want to be, movies fill an important role in our society. We will explore these themes and boost literacy, critical thinking, and filmmaking skills along the way. Most importantly, Movie Club is a fun way to connect with fellow film fans at the center. </p>
Video Game Club
<p>Video Game Club is a great way for students to connect over their shared love of video games. Members will have an opportunity to play multiplayer games, single player games, and discuss gaming strategies and preferences. This club is open to players of all levels, from n00bs to level bosses.</p>
<p>Fostering positive relationships with the communities our centers are in 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 Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Goodwill Industries</li> <li>Salvation Army</li> <li>Special Olympics</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Carl D. Perkins Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Carl D. Perkins are automatically enrolled into our GED/high school program. We offer an on-center high school diploma programs through the Paintsville Independent School System or Penn Foster High School. Our high school and GED instructors dedicate their time to their students' success. We have a high student to instructor ratio which averages at 15:1.</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, 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>
Driver Education
<p>We also offer a Driver's Education program for all students. This program has one of the highest success rates in the country in obtaining learner's permits and driver's licenses. This program is taught by a state-certified instructor.</p>
College Program
<p>The center offers our residential students the opportunity to attend college. To qualify for this program, a student must have a GED or high school diploma (from our center or another accredited educational facility) and have successfully completed a vocational trade at Job Corps. The students must also be chosen by our center selection committee to attend the College Program.</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>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay in separate male and female dormitories. There are 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.