Center Type
Job Corps Center
Physical Address

11780 Tibbits Rd
Medina, NY 14103-9724
United States

Geolocation Field
43.1418512, -78.360675
Phone Number
(585) 798-7000
Fax Number
(585) 798-7046
Capacity
255
Location Description

Iroquois Job Corps Center is a 14-acre campus in the beautiful Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge near Medina in Western New York, about an hour from both Buffalo and Rochester. This tranquil environment is a great place for students to focus on building their futures.

Center History

The Iroquois Job Corps opened on the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in 1966.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 112 male students in two dorms and 112 female students in two other dorms. Male dorms share communal bathrooms, and female students have a private bathroom in each room. Residential students live with up to seven roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • vending machines
  • a library
  • microwaves
  • refrigerators
Director Name
Melissa Volpe
Director Email
Volpe.Melissa@jobcorps.org
Director Phone
Director Extension
X273
Director Fax
Student Programs
Student Government Association (SGA)
<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>
Applied Academics Committee
Crossroads Committee
Diversity Committee
<p>The Diversity Committee'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>
Food Committee
<p>Job Corps Food Committees provide a forum for students to offer suggestions for menu planning and dining room operations. Job Corps boasts a diverse population, making diverse and authentic cuisine a necessity on most centers. Therefore, a diverse group of students who wish to express their views and those of their peers can make a positive impact to any center's food service program through participation in a food service committee.</p>
Green Committee
<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>
HEALS Committee
<p>In the past, we have worked under the idea that exercise happens in recreation, nutrition happens in the cafeteria, and health education happens in wellness. It’s time to change that way of thinking. Health happens everywhere—in dorms, in the classroom, even on field trips.</p> <p>The HEALS (Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles) Committee is made up of students who are dedicated to promoting this idea and to building a culture at the center that embraces wellness, healthy eating, and physical activity in everything we do. This means teaching fellow students new and easy ways to integrate healthy living throughout the day and making healthy eating and exercise a fun part of center culture. </p>
Health and Wellness Committee
<p>In the past, we have worked under the idea that exercise happens in recreation, nutrition happens in the cafeteria, and health education happens in wellness. It’s time to change that way of thinking. Health happens everywhere—in dorms, in the classroom, even on field trips.</p> <p>The Health and Wellness Committee is made up of students who are dedicated to promoting this idea and to building a culture at the center that embraces wellness, healthy eating, and physical activity in everything we do. This means teaching fellow students new and easy ways to integrate healthy living throughout the day and making healthy eating and exercise a fun part of center culture. </p>
Independent Living Committee
Men’s Group: Brotherhood
<p>Brotherhood'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. We seek to foster brotherhood, service, character, heritage, truth, and knowledge in the young men of Job Corps.</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>
Safety Committee
<p>As people who live and work at the center every day, our students have special insight into what needs to be done to make the center a safe and healthy working and living environment for students, staff, and visitors. That is why their input is so valuable, and it’s why we invite students to join the center’s Safety Committee.</p> <p>The committee is responsible for implementing and monitoring the center’s Safety Program.<br> Typical duties might include: </p> <ul> <li>Work and living space inspections</li> <li>Developing safe work practices across career pathways</li> <li>Facilitating safety training</li> </ul> <p>The Committee also can help promote other activities that encourage students to support the center’s safety program.</p>
Women’s Group: Sisterhood
<p>At Sisterhood, 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>
Youth 2 Youth: Partners 4 Peace
<p>Youth 2 Youth: Partners 4 Peace’s mission is to address what students can do about violence on their campuses and in their communities. By talking about violence and aggression and learning about how their peers have been affected by youth violence, members of this group are empowering one another to make a difference. And, most importantly, they are suggesting solutions. </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 Iroquois Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Hospitals</li> <li>Local school districts </li> <li>Nonprofit organizations</li> <li>Nursing homes</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
High School Equivalency Certificate or High School Diploma
<p>One of our top priorities at the Iroquois Job Corps Center is to ensure that every qualified student employee obtains his or her high school equivalency certificate or high school diploma prior to completing the program utilizing individualized educational plans focused on meeting the needs of each individual. Student employees who do not already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Iroquois Job Corps can enroll in our High School Equivalency program or they can earn their high school diploma through the New Learning Resources or Penn Foster Online High School Diploma Programs.</p>
Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
<p>Student employees working to learn English or are from areas where English is a second language are able to attend the LEP Program. Student employees in the LEP 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>Our Driver's Education program is available to student employees needing a driver's license.</p>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay in separate male and female dormitories. There are up to six 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.