Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

345 Job Corps Rd
Golconda, IL 62938-4158
United States

Geolocation Field
37.4276079, -88.4244042
Phone Number
(618) 285-6601
Fax Number
(618) 285-5296
Location Description

The Golconda Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is located on 200 acres in Golconda, Illinois, in the foothills of the Shawnee National Forest along the banks of the Ohio River in southeastern Illinois. This natural setting provides a quiet and peaceful environment for students to prepare for their futures.

Center History

The Golconda center opened on June 28, 1965, about a year after the Job Corps program was launched. The site had previously been a Civilian Conservation Corps camp that was established in 1933.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 175 male students two dorms and 55 female students in one coed dorm. An honor dorm is available for students who qualify. Residential students live with up to three roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • computers in the dorms
  • microwaves
  • vending machines
  • bathrooms and showers
Director Name
Ira Young
Director Email
Director Phone
Director Fax
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>
<p>The Anti-Bullying Club's mission to to shape a society in which all people, regardless of race, color, creed or sexual orientation, are protected from harassment, abuse, and ridicule.</p> <p>By teaching our neighbors, our educators, our lawmakers, and ourselves about bullying and methods to stop it we are making our world a better place for everyone.</p>
Career prep aids
Diversity Club
<p>The Diversity Club's purpose is to promote diversity and equality regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, or religion. We are committed to achieving this standard among all individuals within the center's community, including teachers, students, staff, and administration. Our goal is to provide a safe environment to have honest and sometimes tough discussions about ethnic, cultural, and societal issues in American society.</p>
Eagles Club
Fire Team
<p>Members of The Fire Team are trained to work in steep and remote terrain and in extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke while maintaining reserve work capacity to meet unanticipated emergencies.</p>
Garden Club
<p>If you have a green thumb (or want to develop one), our Garden Club is for you. The Garden Club tends the center’s gardens and provides fresh, in-season vegetables and herbs to the cafeteria during the growing months. Members of the club learn about the role gardens play in environmental responsibility and healthy eating, and -more importantly- they have a lot of fun doing it.</p>
Green Team
<p>Our Green Committee 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 Committee’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>
Ladies of Vision
<p>At Ladies of Vision, we strive to increase the visibility of women in leadership both inside the Job Corps Center and in the community at large, as well as grow the confidence and voice of women on campus. We focus our attention on leadership, diversity, mentorship, and service. Members will learn team-building, goal-setting skills, and how to navigate the business arena, and will put these concepts into practice through community service. Membership is open to any women who strive to be leaders.</p>
Men in Action
<p>The Men in Action's mission is to attract, recognize, reward, and advance student success by teaching leadership concepts to the young men of Job Corps. The organization promotes intellectual growth, cultural enrichment, and social development as values to be upheld. Along the way, members will learn team-building concepts, critical goal-setting skills, and proper etiquette in the business arena, and will put these concepts into practice through community service projects. Men in Action seeks to foster brotherhood, service, character, heritage, truth, and knowledge in the young men of Job Corps.</p>
Peer counselors
<p>Need someone to someone to talk to? The Center's Peer Counselor are made up of student volunteers dedicated to helping other students with any kind of emotional problems. Students often feel most comfortable talking with friends about life issues, and our Peer Counselors receive training on how to help other students. They are not therapists but act as friends who are knowledgeable about the kinds of issues affecting students and campus resources.</p>
Platinum Club
Public speaking
<p>The Public Speaking Club helps members improve their communication and listening skills to become confident public speakers and strong leaders. The organization's supportive environment allows members to achieve their goals at their own pace. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Public Speaking Club's program.</p>
Recreation aides
<p>Student input is a critical part of our recreation program. Each dorm has representatives on the Recreation Committee where students are encouraged to submit ideas for new and different activities.</p>
Student mentors
Wilderness Club
<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 Golconda Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, it also means assisting the volunteer/certified wildfire firefighters of the U.S. Forest Service with their important work.</p>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Golconda 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 do not have a GED or high school diploma upon their arrival at Golconda can enroll in either our GED or High School Diploma Program, if eligible. If you are interested in our High School Diploma Program, you will need an official transcript from the school you last attended. The High School Diploma Program is online.</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>
<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>Driver's Education is available to all students needing their driver's license.</p>
Career Guidance Counselors
<p>Counselors work with students in several areas:</p> <ul> <li>Personal problems</li> <li>Advice on trade change requests</li> <li>Emergency leave requests</li> <li>Consulting on Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) issues such as sexual or ethnic discrimination</li> <li>Referrals to Center Mental Health Consultant</li> <li>Advanced Training</li> <li>Referrals for Armed Forces recruitment</li> <li>Help with college information and enrollment</li> <li>Evaluations of Student Progress and advice on how to improve scores<br> </li> </ul>
Who do I have to live with?

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