Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

2800 TX-21
San Marcos, TX 78667
United States

Geolocation Field
29.885154, -97.8894763
Mailing Address

P O Box 967
San Marcos, TX 78667-0967
United States

Phone Number
(512) 396-6652
Fax Number
(512) 396-6666
Location Description

Gary Job Corps Center is the largest Job Corps center in the United States. We are located on an 800-acre campus in San Marcos, Texas, just a short drive from Austin and San Antonio.

Center History

Gary Job Corps, located in San Marcos, Texas, first opened on March 4, 1965. On November 20, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson made an announcement to his alma mater, Southwest Texas State University (present-day Texas State University), telling his audience:

“I would like to establish a Job Corps camp to train between 1,000 and 2,000 young men in the skills which will make it possible for them to contribute to the prosperity of the community, and to ultimately become leaders of their fellow men.”

With Johnson’s announcement, the former Gary Army Air Field, which had been deactivated a few years previously, transitioned from air base to a career technical training facility. Barracks and buildings were converted to dormitories, classrooms, career technical training shops, and offices. By March 1965, Gary Job Corps was ready to receive its first students — all male.

Today, Gary Job Corps is the largest Job Corps center in the United States. It is situated on 775 acres and is the home for up to 1660 male and female students.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 927 male students in 12 dorms and 544 female students in seven dorms. Five dorms are coed. Some dorm rooms accommodate four students, and others are "open-layout" with up to 20 students in an open area. Residential students enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV rooms
  • lounges
  • vending machines
  • libraries
  • study rooms with computers
  • bathrooms and showers

A residential living adviser is on-site to help students maintain a safe, clean, and productive living environment. We also serve non-residential students.

Director Name
Lonnie Hall
Director Email
Director Phone
Director Extension
Director Fax
Center History Image
President Lyndon Johnson speaking with Gary Job Corps student
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>
Student Leadership Club
<p>The Student Leadership Club 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>
<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 Gary Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>American Heart Association</li> <li>City of San Marcos Main Street Program</li> <li>Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
High School Diploma (HSD)/High School Equivalency (HSE)
<p>One of our top goals at Gary Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her HSE or high school diploma.</p> <ul> <li>HSE</li> <li>Southwest Texas High School- AdvancED Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI) private accredited high school</li> </ul>
English Language Learning Program
<p>Our English Language Learning (ELL) Program is offered to students needing to learn English. Students will use some of the world's best language-learning software to help them in their transition. Students also receive regular instruction that relates to their chosen career technical training.</p>
College Preparation Program
<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>Adult and teen driver's education classes are offered to students. Students receive all the required training to obtain a Texas 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.