Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

8460 Shelbyville Road
Simpsonville, KY 40067-6572
United States

Geolocation Field
38.2157138, -85.3762283
Phone Number
(502) 722-8862
Fax Number
(866) 343-1899
Capacity
318
Location Description

The Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center is located on 54 acres in Simpsonville, KY just east of Louisville. Once the campus of the Lincoln Institute, an all-black boarding school operating from 1912-1966, the site became a Job Corps Center in 1972.

Center History

Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center is located on the former site of the Lincoln Institute, a boarding school for African-Americans which operated from 1912-1966. The center first opened in 1972 and is named in honor of Whitney M. Young Jr., a leader of the civil rights movement, who was also a graduate of the Lincoln Institute.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 205 male students in three dorms and 175 female students in two dorms. Residential students live with three roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

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

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

Director Name
Carl Hilliard
Director Email
Hilliard.Carl@jobcorps.org
Director Phone
Director Extension
X3471
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>
Men of Whitney
<p>The Men of Whitney’s mission is to attract, recognize, reward, and advance student success by teaching leadership concepts to the young men of Job Corps. The organization promotes intellectual growth, cultural enrichment, and social development as values to be upheld. Along the way, members will learn team-building concepts, critical goal-setting skills, and proper etiquette in the business arena, and will put these concepts into practice through community service projects. The Men of Whitney seek to foster brotherhood, service, character, heritage, truth, and knowledge in the young men of Job Corps.</p>
Student Mentors Association
Student Tutors
Women of Whitney
<p>At Women of Whitney, we strive to increase the visibility of women in leadership both inside the Job Corps Center and in the community at large, as well as grow the confidence and voice of women on campus. We focus our attention on leadership, diversity, mentorship, and service. Members will learn team-building, goal-setting skills, and how to navigate the business arena, and will put these concepts into practice through community service. Membership is open to any women who strive to be leaders.</p>
COMMUNITY SERVICE
<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 Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>American Red Cross blood drives</li> <li>Louisville Mayor’s Give a Day Projects</li> <li>Simpsonville Lions Club Christmas Project</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students (age 20 years old and under) who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Whitney M. Young Jr. can enroll in our GED/high school program.</p> <p>Students who have 15 or more high school credits may enroll in our high school diploma program through a partnership between our center and local school districts. A high school diploma is awarded once all the required credits have been completed.</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
<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 College Program is an advanced training program we offer through a partnership with Jefferson Community and Technical College. 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.