San Marcos, TX 78667
P O Box 967
San Marcos, TX 78667-0967
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.
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.
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
- vending machines
- 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.
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.