Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

4253 State Highway T
Puxico, MO 63960-8225
United States

Geolocation Field
36.9345607, -90.2023645
Phone Number
(573) 222-3537
Fax Number
(573) 222-2685
Capacity
210
Location Description

Mingo Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is located in southern Missouri near Puxico, just a short drive from Poplar Bluff. The 87-acre campus sits next to the scenic Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and is only 7 miles from Lake Wappapello.

Center History

The Mingo Job Corps Center was established in 1965 on the southeast corner of the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, one of the earlier centers in the program.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

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

  • laundry facilities
  • TV rooms
  • lounges
  • computer labs
  • vending machines
  • bathrooms and showers
Director Name
Lawrence Ferrell
Director Email
lferrell@fs.fed.us
Director Phone
Director Extension
X17026
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>
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>
Female Enrichment Club
<p>At the Female Enrichment Club, 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>
Male Enrichment Club
<p>The Male Enrichment Club’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. The Male Enrichment Club seeks to foster brotherhood, service, character, heritage, truth, and knowledge in the young men of Job Corps.</p>
Peer Counselors Club
<p>Need someone to someone to talk to? The Peer Counseling Club is 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>
Weightlifting Club
<p>The purpose of the Weightlifting Club is to introduce students to the benefits of strength training.</p> <p>The club brings together people of all skill levels who all have an interest in weightlifting and provides an organization where students can meet to lift with each other, push each other to reach their goals, and get advice on how to continue training.</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 Mingo Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>American Cancer Society</li> <li>American Red Cross</li> <li>City of Puxico</li> <li>Dexter (Mo.) Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>John J. Pershing Veterans Administration Medical Center</li> <li>Missouri Department of Conservation</li> <li>Puxico Veterans of Foreign Wars</li> <li>Train and travel with the Center’s Wildland Fire Team</li> <li>U.S. Army Corps of Engineers</li> <li>U.S. Forest Service</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Mingo 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 Mingo can enroll in our GED/high school program.</p> <p>We offer our diploma program through a partnership with Puxico High School.</p>
Tutoring
<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. 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> <p>We offer this program through a partnership with Three Rivers Community College.</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>
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 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.