Center Type
Job Corps Center
Physical Address

15229 Truman St
Ottumwa, IA 52501-6308
United States

Geolocation Field
41.103325914265, -92.419697195292
Phone Number
(641) 682-2000
Fax Number
(641) 682-0519
Location Description

Ottumwa Job Corps Center is located on 27 acres in rural Ottumwa, Iowa. The campus is in an industrial area, just a short drive from Ottumwa Regional Airport. All students live at the center.

Center History

The Job Corps program has recruited from the Ottumwa community since it began in 1964, but in 2011, the area finally got its own modern Job Corps campus.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 140 male students and 140 female students in two dorms. Each room has a private bathroom. Independent-living dorms are available to students who qualify. Residential students live with up to three roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

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

We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Mark Douglas
Director Email
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>
<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 Ottumwa Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Best Buddies </li> <li>City of Ottumwa </li> <li>Humane Society</li> <li>League of Women Voters</li> <li>Main Street Ottumwa</li> <li>Women’s Crisis Center and Shelter</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Ottumwa 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 Ottumwa can enroll into our GED program. Students in the GED program our taught by Job Corps instructors. This program prepares students for the five-part GED test administered by Indian Hills Community College testing center.</p> <p>Students may also enroll in our high school diploma program, which is a self-paced program at our center. This program is provided by the Ottumwa Community School District or an online high school diploma program. High school diplomas are awarded to students who meet the graduation requirements set by the local school district.</p>
College Program
<p>Our center offers college programs through an established linkage with Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) in Ottumwa, Iowa. To qualify for this program, a student must have a high school diploma or GED (from our center or another educational facility). Students will live on our campus, and all expenses are covered including tuition, lab fees, and books. Students are required to apply for federal aid when considering the college program.</p> <p>All students must complete the college application and recommendation process for their career training program as well as other center requirements. All college students must maintain satisfactory attendance and progress requirements.</p> <p>Approved IHCC career training programs include:</p> <p>Advanced Manufacturing</p> <ul> <li>Engineering and Science Technician</li> <li>Machine Technology</li> <li>Mechanical Engineer</li> <li>Welding Technology</li> </ul> <p>Construction</p> <ul> <li>Electrical (E-Tech)</li> <li>Electronics and Science Technician</li> <li>Electronics Technician (E-Tech)</li> <li>Facilities Maintenance</li> <li>Industrial Maintenance</li> </ul> <p>Health Care</p> <ul> <li>Advanced Paramedic</li> <li>Clinical Lab Assistant</li> <li>Dental Assistant</li> <li>Emergency Medical Technician</li> <li>Medical Office Support (HIT)</li> <li>Occupational Therapy Assistant</li> <li>Phlebotomy</li> <li>Physical Therapy Assistant</li> <li>Practical Nursing</li> <li>Radiologic Technologist</li> <li>Therapeutic Massage</li> </ul> <p>Hospitality</p> <ul> <li>Culinary Arts</li> </ul> <p>Information Technology</p> <ul> <li>Computer and Information Technician (CSD)</li> <li>Computer Networking/CISCO</li> <li>Computer Technician A+ Essentials (CSN)</li> </ul> <p>Renewable Resources and Energy</p> <ul> <li>Advanced Solar Photovoltaics (PV) and Thermal System Installer</li> </ul> <p>Transportation</p> <ul> <li>Automotive Collision Technology</li> <li>Automotive Technology</li> <li>Diesel Power Systems</li> <li>Heavy Truck Driving<br> </li> </ul>
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. A computer software program is used to ensure success in this program.</p>
<p>Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in health, 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 driver's licenses. This training combines behind-the-wheel driving and class time. Permits and licensing fees for students are paid for by the center. Arrangements for students to take the written and road tests are also handled by the center.</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.