Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

100 Pine St
North Grafton, MA 01536-1857
United States

Geolocation Field
42.2506198, -71.6829088
Phone Number
(508) 887-7300
Fax Number
(508) 839-9781
Location Description

The Grafton Job Corps Center is located on a 42-acre campus in North Grafton, Massachusets, approximately 5 miles from Worcester in what was once the Grafton State Hospital. Grafton serves both residential students and non-residential students.

Center History

With structures dating back to 1901, the Grafton Job Corps Center sits on 48 acres and is housed in what was once the Grafton State Hospital. The hospital closed in 1973, and the site became a Jon Corps center in 1978.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 130 male students in two dorms and 130 female students in two dorms. Each room has a private bathroom, and residential students live with up to three roommates. All students enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • computer labs
  • TV lounges
  • vending machines
  • microwaves
  • refrigerators

We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Colleen Lanza
Director Email
Director Phone
Director Extension
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>Experience the wonder of dance and the joy of performing in a safe and supportive environment with Dance Club. Students are exposed to an array of dance styles and learn to see dance as an art, a way of expression. Like any art, the emotions and messages it can convey are limited only by the dancer’s imagination, from simple expressions of fun and joy to deeper, more poignant messages. In addition to making new friends and learning new dance styles, studying dance can lead to better balance and more fluid movement in everything you do.</p>
<p>Students who join the center’s Theater Club will be introduced to the different aspects of the theater and performance including acting, directing, improv, writing, play production, stage work, and much more. The club will emphasize creative thinking skills and teamwork and will provide students with enriched learning experiences in the performing arts. Along the way, members will develop poise, social skills, and confidence.</p> <p>All skill levels are welcome, from seasoned veterans of the theater to curious beginners.</p>
Writing group
<p>The Writing Group is open to all students interested in writing poetry, short stories, novels, plays, song lyrics, graphic novels, and any other literary genre. The goal of the group is to provide a positive and supportive environment for aspiring student writers to grow. The group will also show students how to harness their innate creativity effectively with a variety of contests, workshops, and exercises. Finally, the club is just a great place to connect with students who share your passion to create. </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 Grafton Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Food Pantry Services</li> <li>National Night Out</li> <li>Trail cleanups</li> <li>Walk for Hunger</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
HiSET/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Grafton Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her HiSET or high school diploma prior to leaving the center.</p> <p>Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Grafton are enrolled into our HiSET program. Our HiSET program integrates the latest in learning, teaching, and testing technology, and each student receives one-on-one attention by highly qualified and motivated academic instructors.</p> Students may be eligible to earn their high school diploma by completing course requirements at Grafton. A new student's eligibility will be determined during the first few months of enrollment and depends greatly on his/her former high school career and the school(s) attended.
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>
Tutoring and Academic Support
<p>Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math, reading, science, 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 Massachusetts driver's License. Students are trained by a Massachusetts State Certified Driving Instructor.</p>
Military Careers Preparation Program (MILCAP)
<p>MILCAP is an elective program for our students designed specifically to prepare them for careers in the military. Through a formal agreement between our center and the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, recruiters visit campus and work closely with current and prospective MILCAP trainees.</p> <p>All Grafton Job Corps students are welcome to participate in MILCAP. There are many military careers available for plumbers, carpenters, cooks, administrative assistants, certified nursing assistants, guards, and electricians.</p>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay in separate male and female dormitories. Each dorm has four wings with nine rooms per wing and one bathroom per room. There are up to four students assigned to each dorm room, and every student has a bed, dresser, and closet with a solid locking door.

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.