Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

3115 Ollie Ridge Rd
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259-7983
United States

Geolocation Field
37.248292, -86.2340312
Phone Number
(270) 286-4514
Fax Number
(270) 286-1120
Capacity
174
Location Description

Great Onyx Job Corps Center is located on a 200-acre campus in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, just a short drive from the lush Mammoth Cave Nation Park. The center opened its doors to students back in June of 1965.

Center History

Located in the lush Mammoth Cave Nation Park in Kentucky, the Great Onyx Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center opened its doors to its first students back in June of 1965, making it one of the 88 JCCs that opening during the program’s first year. The center is named after the nearby Great Onyx Cave.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 160 male students in three dorms and 54 female students in one dorm. Residential students live with three to seven roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

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

Independent living advisers are on-site to help make dorm life safe, clean, and productive for students.

Director Name
Allen Vaughn
Director Email
arvaughn@fs.fed.us
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>
Academic Olympics
<p>The Academic Olympics Club is a college-bowl type competition between teams of students compete to answer a variety of questions based on an array of topics. It provides students the opportunity to participate in a competitive team effort comparable to the experience of students who take part in sports activities.</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>
Hiking Club
<p>The Hiking Club is an organization for like-minded explorers and wanderers to meet up and enjoy trail-hiking adventures. Everyone interested in hiking, the outdoors, and fitness is welcome.</p>
Music Club
<p>Our musically-inclined students (or those who want to be musically-inclined) are invited to join our center's Music Club. We have a variety of musical instruments club members can choose from, including their voices, and meetings are spent blowing off some steam and having fun with musical expression. All skill levels and musical genres are welcome.</p>
Recreation Committee
<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>
COMMUNITY SERVICE
<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 Great Onyx Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Boys &amp; Girls Clubs</li> <li>Jefferson County Humane Society</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Great Onyx Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Great Onyx can enroll in our GED/high school program.</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>
Tutoring
<p>Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math and reading 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 we offer through a partnership with Bowling Green Technical College. 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>
Driver Education
<p>Driver’s Education is available to all students needing their driver’s license. Permits and licensing fees for students are paid for by the center. Following successful completion of our Driver’s Education program, students can earn their Kentucky driver’s licenses by passing the required state exams.</p>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay in separate male and female dormitories. There are eight 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.