Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

500 22nd St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33712-1702
United States

Geolocation Field
27.765333, -82.661751
Phone Number
(727) 551-2900
Fax Number
(727) 551-2992
Location Description

The Pinellas County Job Corps Center is located on a beautifully landscaped 18-acre campus in the heart of St. Petersburg, Florida, just a short drive from the area’s professional baseball, football, and hockey franchises, as well as other cultural attractions. Built in 2009 with the latest green technologies, the center features energy efficient systems for water, solar power, heating, cooling, and lighting.

Center History

A decade after city leaders started lobbying for a Job Corps center in the region, the Pinellas County Job Corps Center graduated its first class in Sept. 2011.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 136 male students and 136 female students in 2 dorms. Residential students live with up to four roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • computers for student use

Each dorm room has a private restroom. 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
Samuel Kolapo
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>
Art Club
<p>The Choir Club promotes teamwork, a sense of community, and has a lot of fun with music at the heart of everything we do. Its goal is to enhance the musical, creative, and expressive qualities of all members so that they can find the music inside them and use their own unique voice to share it with the world. Along the way, we will be learning the basics of musical theory as it relates to choral music and applying them firsthand in rehearsals and performances both in-center and out in the community.</p>
Drama Club
<p>Students who join the center’s Drama Club will be introduced to the different aspects of the theater and performance including acting, directing, improv, writing, play production, stage work, and much more. The club will emphasize creative thinking skills and teamwork and will provide students with enriched learning experiences in the performing arts. Along the way, members will develop poise, social skills, and confidence.</p> <p>All skill levels are welcome, from seasoned veterans of the theater to curious beginners.</p>
Knitting Club
<p>Whether you’re a veteran yarn spinner at or are just getting into knitting, our Knitting Club has something for you. Meeting up with fellow knitters is a great way to learn and share techniques, craft a new article of clothing, and simply have fun with new friends.</p>
Step Team
<p>Stepping is a form of percussive dance that draws upon elements of gymnastics, break dance, tap dance, march, and African and Caribbean dance. The dancer’s entire body is used to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. The style’s history goes back to military close-order and exhibition drills as well as African foot dances and was popularized by African-American fraternities and sororities during the 20th century.</p> <p>The Step Team at Job Corps is a fun way to exercise, compete, and have fun with other students at the center, and members of the team put on demonstrations and performances at venues both on and off center. Students from all backgrounds and skill levels are invited to join.</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 Pinellas County Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Boyd Hill Nature Preserve</li> <li>City of St. Petersburg</li> <li>Habitat for Humanity</li> <li>Pinellas Council on Adoptable Children</li> <li>Pinellas County Animal Shelter</li> <li>Pinellas Hope (homeless shelter)</li> <li>Salvation Army (Sallie House)</li> </ul>
Disability program
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Pinellas County 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 Pinellas County are automatically enrolled into our GED program. Students who complete this program's core classes may participate in an online high school diploma program which is paid for by the center.</p>
Tutors and academic support
<p>Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math and reading 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 Advanced Career Training (ACT) Program gives students the opportunity to receive advanced educational/technical training. We offer this program through a partnership with St. Petersburg College. To qualify, a student must have a high school diploma or GED (from our center or another educational facility), have successfully completed a vocational trade at Job Corps, and be able to work independently.</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 a driver's permit and/or driver's license. Students under the age of 18 must have a signed consent form from their parent or guardian. In the classroom, students work on state required hours in bookwork instruction. Outside of the classroom, on the road training is completed to meet state requirements.</p>
English Language Learning
<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>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay with up to up to four roommates in one of our two co-ed dormitories. Each dormitory has two floors, one for females and one for males. 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.