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I wanted a job to support myself but needed skills. Job Corps was great, especially because it's free.

Raja Arsian

Raja Arsian enrolled at Potomac Job Corps Center in Sept. 2013, only a year after immigrating to the United States. A native of Pakistan, Raja was working a series of customer service jobs, unhappy with his hours and unsatisfied with his career path… Read more

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My options were very limited without a degree. I learned about Job Corps and figured, 'What do I have to lose?'

Matthew Parker

Matthew Parker moved a number of times in his life, but the most important move was for Job Corps. Matthew spent most of his childhood in Sitka, Alaska, where he first developed an interest in computers. He was able to pursue this interest in high… Read more

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A work ethic was instilled in me at Job Corps. It made me appreciate the experiences that came after.

Lydia Mata

Lydia Mata discovered Job Corps in 1995 while driving by a billboard in Fresno, Calif. The single, teenage mother had, as she puts it, “limited options for finding a job and no means of paying for school.” Knowing she had a responsibility to her son… Read more

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Job Corps gave me an affirmation that I could do something with my life.

Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez

Job Corps' motto is "Success Lasts a Lifetime" and nowhere is this more evident than in the story of Idaho Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sergio Gutierrez, who received his GED and studied carpentry at the Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in the early… Read more

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I will forever be grateful to Job Corps.

Monique Williams Jordan

With a pinch of passion, a sprinkle of creativity and a generous amount of determination, "Chef Moe," Monique Williams, has turned her culinary aspirations into a recipe for success. Her journey began as a culinary arts student at Woodstock… Read more

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I will remember every project during my time at job corps because I know it impacted someone.

Troy Carter

Like many Job Corps graduates, Troy Carter began his life in a low-income neighborhood with nothing but a dream of music industry success and a drive to make it happen. After struggling to balance his education with a budding music career, Carter… Read more

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The Job Corps ARRA Journey

The ARRA Electronic Report (E-Report) was created to provide a detailed overview of how Job Corps used its $250 million in Recovery Act funds at various centers across the country. The report is broken down into five sections – Economic Impact,… Read more

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Land stewardship training by Job Corps lauded by US Forest Service Agency Job Corps Centers graduated over 4,000 students nationwide

JUN 21 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The new green curriculum of the Forest Service’s Job Corps will expand employment opportunities for its graduates, help revitalize local economies in rural communities and enhance the mission of the agency, U.S. Forest… Read more

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Construction Projects Improve Efficiency at Job Corps Centers Across the Country

The Cassadaga Job Corps Center, in Cassadaga, N.Y., completed a major renovation of its Culinary Arts building, refurbishing features from the ground up that improve its appearance and its functionality. Building improvements include new brickwork,… Read more

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Muhlenberg Job Corps Center Is Still Thriving on Green Culture

Last April, eight students from the Muhlenberg Job Corps Center, in Greenville, Ky., traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the National Green Center Recognition Award. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis recognized these students and other Muhlenberg… Read more

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ARRA Technological and Equipment Upgrades

While the majority of ARRA funds were dedicated to large construction projects like new dorms, new vocational buildings, and countless energy-efficient renovations to many Job Corps centers, sustainability was also achieved behind the scenes with… Read more

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Cassadaga Job Corps Center Students Go Local and Organic

Students at the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy are exploring healthier lifestyles by adding fresh, locally grown options to their center cafeteria. They are also getting involved with a group that raises awareness of the importance of buying locally.… Read more

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Job Corps' Green Gadgets Training simulators and electric vehicles

To some, heavy equipment or a driving simulator might appear to be just another everyday training tool. However, these machines impact students and center life by saving energy and money, while keeping students' safety a priority. For example,… Read more

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Oneonta Job Corps Center Greenhouse Complex Educates Students and Saves Energy

A greenhouse complex at the Oneonta Job Corps Academy is making the campus more sustainable and will soon contribute to the well-being of the surrounding community. Solar energy is collected to provide hot water to the greenhouse, and photovoltaic… Read more

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New Training Programs Offer Job Corps Students a Bright Future

In 2010, Job Corps added new advanced training programs to take advantage of growing green technology industries. Four of these programs, Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Thermal System Installer, Smart Meter Technician, Overhead Line Construction, and… Read more