Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

1101 Mills Rd
Joliet, IL 60433-2865
United States

Geolocation Field
41.5041017, -88.053261
Phone Number
(815) 727-7677
Fax Number
(815) 723-7052
Off-Site Training
Location Description

Joliet Job Corps Center is located in Joliet, Illinois, less than an hour’s drive from downtown Chicago. The center sits on 59 acres on what was previously the site of the Joliet East High School. 

Center History

The Joliet Center sits on 59 acres on what was previously the site of the Joliet East High School, which closed in 1983. Soon after the high school closed, the structures were used for a new Job Corps site. Today, the Joliet Job Corps is consistently rated one of the top-performing centers in the country.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 168 male students in three dorms and 56 female students in one dorm. Residential students live and share a bathroom with three to seven roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV rooms
  • computer labs
  • lounges
  • vending machines
  • wireless internet

There is also an on-site independent living adviser to help make dorm life safe, clean, and productive for the students. We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Christine Sanchez
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>In the Ambassador Program, students develop effective communication skills by promoting our center to various groups. Student ambassadors are called upon to:</p> <ul> <li>Meet and greet visitors to our center</li> <li>Share their Job Corps experiences and success stories with business and industry organizations</li> <li>Articulate the goals and expectations of Job Corps</li> <li>Visit local schools to help recruit new students for the Co-enrollment Program</li> </ul>
Peer Mediators
<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 Joliet Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>American Red Cross</li> <li>Helpers of Mother Earth</li> <li>Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie</li> <li>Spanish Community Center</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
Online High School Diploma Program
<p>Students who have completed their eleventh grade of high school have the option of enrolling in our Online High School Diploma Program. Eligible students are required to have a certain number of credits from their high school which would transfer to their online coursework. Students who complete the Online Diploma Program are awarded an accredited diploma that is nationally recognized.</p>
GED Program
<p>Our GED program has two components: GED and Pre-GED. Based on initial testing, students are enrolled in either GED or Pre-GED classes. Both components are designed to prepare students for the official GED test given by monthly at a local testing center. We also provide the official GED Practice Test to our students as a prerequisite to the actual test.</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>
College Program
<p>The College Program is an advanced training program we offer through a partnership with Joliet Junior 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.</p>
Who do I have to live with?

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