Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

3348 S Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60623-5114
United States

Geolocation Field
41.8319456, -87.7080313
Phone Number
(773) 890-3100
Fax Number
(773) 847-9823
Location Description

Located in Chicago’s historic South Lawndale neighborhood in the Little Village community, the Paul Simon Job Corps Center sits on a 33-acre campus right along the river, just a short drive from downtown Chicago.

Center History

With the closure of the Job Corps center in the Buena Park neighborhood in 1969, there was a public outcry for a new center to serve the community. In 1994, 25 years later, Secretary of Labor Robert Reich announced nine new centers to open across the country, including one in Chicago. The center in South Chicago opened a few years later. In 2001, the name of the center was changed to honor Sen. Paul Simon, a politician who had served the state of Illinois since 1963.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 164 male students and 164 female students in two dorms. Residential students live with up to three roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

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

Each dorm room has its own restroom. Honor dorms with microwaves and refrigerators are available to students who qualify. We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Laura Fautsch
Director Email
Director Phone
Director Extension
Director Fax
Child Development Center

Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps has a child day care center on site. It is independently operated, and all applicants must qualify for its services before the child is accepted.

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>
Book Club
<p>A good book not only gets you caught up in its story but takes you to places you have never been and introduces you to characters with backgrounds and views that are different from your own. By experiencing these new places, events, and characters, the reader's perspectives expand, their understanding of the world grows, and they become wiser and better people as a result.</p> <p>Reading is an important life skill, but it's also simply fun, even more so if your friends are reading the same book. In this spirit, our Book Club brings students from different backgrounds together to discuss deeper topics and grow their friendships through a similar interest: reading.</p>
Boxing Club
<p>At the Boxing Club, students are trained in the basics of boxing starting with stance and movement, proper defensive techniques, and instruction on how to land a full range of scoring punches. An emphasis is put on safety, and specific rules and protective equipment are used to ensure that all members are safe.</p> <p>Students of all skill levels are welcome.</p>
Chess Club
<p>The game of chess develops strategy, anticipation, and awareness skills that can help players in situations far away from the chess board, but the reason we like to play it is simply because it is fun. The Chess Club gives students a chance to play friendly games of chess against their peers in a low-stress environment. All levels are welcome.</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 Paul Simon Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>American Red Cross</li> <li>Chicago Park District</li> <li>Chicago Police Department</li> <li>Gateway to Learning</li> <li>Illinois Department of Employment Security Services</li> <li>Inspiration Café</li> <li>Interfaith House</li> <li>Little Village Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>Misericordia</li> <li>Union League Boys &amp; Girls Club</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Paul Simon Chicago 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 Paul Simon Chicago can enroll into our GED program (GED preparation in Spanish is also available). Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center is an official GED test site. Students also have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma through our high school diploma programs.</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, 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>This program is offered through a partnership with City of Chicago Colleges.</p>
Driver Education
<p>Our Driver's Education program provides classroom and on-the-road instruction for students 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 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.