Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

1 DC Village Ln SW
Washington, DC 20032-5206
United States

Geolocation Field
38.8175866, -77.0130996
Phone Number
(202) 574-5000
Fax Number
(202) 373-3181
Location Description

Potomac Job Corps Center is located on 66 acres in Washington, D.C., near the Metropolitan Police Academy and right next to the Maryland border.

Center History

The Potomac Job Corps Center opened in Jan. 1979 on the site of the former Junior Village, a group of buildings that used to house homeless children. The Junior Village itself was originally called the Industrial Home School for Colored Children and began in 1907 in the building that is now the Potomac JCC Building #13.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 278 male students and 182 female students in five dorms. Every room comes with a private bathroom. Residential students live with one to three roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • computer labs
  • vending machines
  • bathrooms and showers

Residential advisers are on-site to help make dorm life safe, clean, and productive for students. We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Mitra Vazeen
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>
Bike Club
<p>The mission of the Bike Club is to promote healthy and fun lifestyles through cycling.</p> <p>In addition to hosting fun rides throughout the community, the club also spreads a love of cycling by:</p> <ul> <li>Providing education</li> <li>Providing cycling opportunities</li> <li>Working with health and fitness organizations</li> <li>Working with existing organizations on their cycling programs</li> <li>Working with governments on transportation planning</li> <li>Developing new cycling programs</li> </ul>
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>
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>
Dance Team
<p>Experience the wonder of dance and the joy of performing in a safe and supportive environment with Dance Team. Students are exposed to an array of dance styles and learn to see dance as an art, a way of expression. Like any art, the emotions and messages it can convey are limited only by the dancer’s imagination, from simple expressions of fun and joy to deeper, more poignant messages. In addition to making new friends and learning new dance styles, studying dance can lead to better balance and more fluid movement in everything you do.</p>
Freedom Writers Club
Swimming Club
<p>The Swimming Club is a group devoted to learning and practicing various swimming styles and strokes for fun and exercise. It's also a great way to meet like-minded people at the center. Jump in. The water's fine!</p>
Video Game Club
<p>Video Game Club is a great way for students to connect over their shared love of video games. Members will have an opportunity to play multiplayer games, single player games, and discuss gaming strategies and preferences. This club is open to players of all levels, from n00bs to level bosses.</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 Potomac Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Sierra Club of Maryland</li> <li>Sunshine Pre-K and Kindergarten Academy</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Potomac 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 Potomac can enroll in our GED program. Students can also earn their high school diplomas through our partnership with the District of Columbia Public Schools.</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, 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 University of District of Columbia. 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 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.