Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

1555 McAlister Dr
Memphis, TN 38116-9058
United States

Geolocation Field
34.9971209, -90.0125798
Phone Number
(901) 396-2800
Fax Number
(901) 396-8712
Off-Site Training
Location Description

Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center is located in southern Memphis, Tennessee, right at the Mississippi border. The center sits on a 25-acre campus in a residential neighborhood.

Center History

This center first opened in 1998 as the Memphis Job Corps Center. In 2006, the center’s name was changed to honor Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, a leader of the civil rights movement and resident of Memphis, Tennessee.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 123 male students and 136 female students in dorms. Residential students live with up to four roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

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

We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
James Harris
Director Email
Director Phone
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.<br> </p>
Center 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>The Choir Club promotes teamwork, a sense of community, and has a lot of fun with music at the heart of everything we do. Its goal is to enhance the musical, creative, and expressive qualities of all members so that they can find the music inside them and use their own unique voice to share it with the world. Along the way, we will be learning the basics of musical theory as it relates to choral music and applying them firsthand in rehearsals and performances both in-center and out in the community. </p>
Library Club
<p>Celebrating books and sharing a love of reading is the mission of our Library Club. In addition to exploring the literary gems in our center’s own library, the Library Club also hosts events for students and the local community that promote literacy and the joy of reading. </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 Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>American Red Cross</li> <li>Food Pantry</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED or high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks can enroll in our GED or high school diploma programs.</p>
English Language Learning (ELL) 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>
Tutoring 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>
College Program
<p>The College Program is an advanced training program. 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> <p>For this program, the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center partners with Southwest Community College. </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 separate male and female dormitories. There are up to five 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.