Center Type
Job Corps Center
Physical Address

11155 Gateway Blvd W
El Paso, TX 79935-5401
United States

Geolocation Field
31.744134, -106.3291659
Phone Number
(915) 594-0022
Fax Number
(915) 591-0166
Off-Site Training
Location Description

David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center is a 12-acre campus located in El Paso, Texas, just off of Interstate 10 in the business district.

Center History

David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center opened in 1970 in downtown El Paso’s old Hotel Cortez as the El Paso Job Corps Center. In 1979, the center moved to a larger five-acre campus on the east side of El Paso. In 1991, the center’s name was changed to honor David L. Carrasco, who served as its first director for over twenty years.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 151 male students in three dorms and 100 female students in two dorms. Each room comes with a private bathroom. Residential students live with one to two roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV rooms
  • lounges
  • vending machines
  • bathrooms and showers

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

Director Name
Margaret Arreola
Director Email
Director Phone
Director Fax
Child Development Center

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

Student Programs
Leadership Training Program
<p>The Leadership Training Program is modeled after city government and provides a basic overview of government, committees, meetings, and town hall gatherings. Its goal is to help students develop their leadership skills through team building, social and business interaction, problem-solving, career development and the development of diplomatic views. To qualify for this training program, students must show they are mature and have leadership potential. The program itself takes place after school hours but is open to all our students.</p> <p>This program incorporates the Student Government Association (SGA) which acts as the voice of our students.</p>
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.<br> </p>
Astronomy Club
<p>The Astronomy Club introduces members to the wonders of the cosmos by giving them a close encounter to planets, stars, and galaxies using telescopes. The goal of the club is to promote a lifelong passion for astronomy. Students of all skill and knowledge levels are welcome.</p>
Chess Club
<p>The game of chess develops strategy, anticipation, and awareness skills that can help players in situations far away from the chess board, but the reason we like to play it is simply because it is fun. The Chess Club gives students a chance to play friendly games of chess against their peers in a low-stress environment. All levels are welcome. </p>
<p>SAFE stands for “Students Acting for the Environment,” and the club is committed to reducing the center’s footprint on the environment and is charged with overseeing green projects and initiatives on center. This can mean focusing on keeping a watchful eye on the center to discover new conservation projects that might have been overlooked.</p> <p>The SAFE Club’s day-to-day activities include organizing recycling and energy efficiency projects around the center, planting trees, and educating fellow students about the importance reducing, reusing, and recycling.</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 David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Child Crisis Center</li> <li>El Paso Police Department</li> <li>Socorro Independent School District</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at David L. Carrasco 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 David L. Carrasco are automatically enrolled into our GED/high school program. Students who complete this program's core classes may participate in our online high school diploma and accelerated high school diploma programs.</p> <p>Our high school diploma program is offered through partnerships with New Summit High School Online and Paso Del Norte Academy.</p>
<p>Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math and reading 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>
English Language Learning Program
<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>
College Program
<p>The Advanced Career Training (ACT) program is available to students who demonstrate the skills, motivation, and enthusiasm to compete at the college level. ACT provided by our center is offered at El Paso Community College. 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 any student under the age of 18 wishing to get a driver's license. Students 18 years or older can earn their licenses through our Driver's Readiness program.</p>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay in separate male and female dormitories. There are two to three 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.