Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

5139 W Fork Rd
Darby, MT 59829-9609
United States

Geolocation Field
45.9028609, -114.1780352
Phone Number
(406) 821-3286
Fax Number
(406) 821-3290
Location Description

The Trapper Creek Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is located in the rugged Bitterroot National Forest in western Montana. Built as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the 1930s, and officially opened as a Job Corps center in 1966, the center sits on 55 acres near Darby, Montana, a rural area at the foot of the Bitterroot Mountains.

Center History

Trapper Creek was originally a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp set up during the 1930s. During President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration, many former CCC sites became Job Corps centers. As such, Trapper Creek opened as a Job Corps center in January 1966. Our center was for males only until 1980 when it became a coed facility.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 161 male students in three dorms and 56 female students in one dorm. Residential students live with one roommate and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • quiet rooms
  • computers for student use
  • disability accessible bathroom
  • bathrooms and showers
Director Name
Chris Feutrier
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>
Arts and Crafts Club
<p>If you’re crafty (or want to be), this is the club for you. Our Arts and Crafts Club teaches students techniques on how to use inexpensive materials to make eye-catching decorative items. It’s a great way for creative students to express themselves, as well as craft a few keepsakes to remember their time at Job Corps.</p>
Gamers Club
<p>Gamers Club provides a venue for students to connect and compete in a variety of interactive board game, RPGs, and other social games, particularly those that develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. In addition to being a fun way to blow off some steam between studying and classes, it’s a great way to meet people who share your interest in gaming. </p>
Recreational Leaders Club
<p>Student input is a critical part of our recreation program. Each dorm has representatives on the Recreational Leaders Club where students are encouraged to submit ideas for new and different activities.</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 Trapper Creek Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Bitterroot Youth Home</li> <li>Council on Aging: assisted-living centers</li> <li>Lake Como Triathlon</li> <li>Ravalli County Food Bank</li> <li>Special Olympics</li> <li>Work with local schools</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
HiSET/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Trapper Creek Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her HiSET and high school diploma prior to leaving the center.</p> <p>The HiSET is the high school equivalency test that has been adopted by the State of Montana in place of the GED. The HiSET exam demonstrates that a test taker has attained the academic knowledge and proficiency equivalent to those of a high school graduate. Information from the exam helps identify the areas where test takers are career and college ready, as well as areas where they may need additional preparation.</p> Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Trapper Creek can enroll in our HiSET program. This program provides training on the five HiSET subject area tests: Language Arts- writing, Language Arts- reading, social studies, science, and math. Our HISET training is individualized to meet the specific needs of each student.</p> Students who pass the HiSET can also earn their high school diplomas through our Trapper Creek Job Corps High School program. To qualify for this program, a student must have a copy of his/her previous high school transcript. Any credits that a student has prior to coming to our center will count toward the 24 needed to earn a high school diploma. A document outlining the requirements of a Trapper Creek Job Corps High School diploma (25 kb PDF file) [HYPERLINK TO] is available.</p>
College preparatory course
<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>
Driver Education
<p>Trapper Creek works to ensure that every graduate has their Montana Driver’s License before leaving Job Corps. Our Driver’s Education program is offered throughout the year and includes classroom and behind the wheel instruction.</p> <p>The Driver’s Education instructor help students to get the necessary documentation and resolve any issues related to the loss of their license and driving privileges. Each student will need to have his/her original birth certificate or a certified copy to apply for his/her driver’s license.</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>
First Aid/CPR
<p>First Aid and CPR training is a requirement for several career technical training fields offered at our center. In this training, students learn the skills of primary assessment, bleeding control, shock management, and illness and injury assessments. Upon successful completion of a written test and a practical CPR test, students receive a First Aid Certificate.</p>
Enrichment Courses
<p>Additional courses taught by our teachers include Media Design, Technology and Engineering, Financial Literacy, Current Events, Government, Science, and Going Green. There are also volunteer math and reading tutors available to the students during the school day, and after hours on some evenings. </p>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay in separate male and female dormitories. There are two 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.