Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

1073 Father Judge Rd
Monroe, VA 24574-2771
United States

Geolocation Field
37.5540759, -79.1282541
Phone Number
(434) 929-4081
Fax Number
(434) 929-0812
Location Description

Old Dominion Job Corps Center is located on 300 rural acres in Monroe, Virginia, near George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.

Center History

The Old Dominion Job Corps Center opened in 1978, the first coed center in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The 325-acre site was previously the Father Judge Mission Seminary, which itself opened in 1960.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 215 male students in five dorms and 115 female students in three dorms. An honor dorm is available for students who qualify. Residential students live with three to seven roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • computer labs
  • TV lounges
  • 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
Danny Grimes
Director Email
Director Phone
Director Extension
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>
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>
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>
Movie Club
<p>Movie Club is a chance for aspiring filmmakers and fans to get together to watch, discuss, and review a wide variety of films. Members will also learn filmmaking methods and history. By showing us who we are and -perhaps more importantly- who we want to be, movies fill an important role in our society. We will explore these themes and boost literacy, critical thinking, and filmmaking skills along the way. Most importantly, Movie Club is a fun way to connect with fellow film fans at the center.</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 Old Dominion Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Amherst County Parks and Recreation</li> <li>Habitat for Humanity</li> <li>United Way</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
High School Equivalency/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Old Dominion Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her high school equivalency(HSE)/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Old Dominion can enroll in our HSE program.</p> <p>We also offer a fully-accredited online high school diploma program, Penn-Foster High School. Students are required to earn 21.5 credits to receive their diplomas. In most cases, students receive credit for their previous high school classes.</p>
<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>
College Program
<p>The College Program is an advanced training program we offer through a partnership with Central Virginia Community 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>Students in the ACT program can receive further training in the following career fields for several training providers:</p> <ul> <li>Automotive repair (AAMCO, United Auto Workers)</li> <li>Electrical wiring (Dominion Electric)</li> <li>Facilities maintenance (Archstone-Smith Properties)</li> <li>Painting (Painting and Decorating Contractors of America)</li> <li>Pharmaceutical Technician (CVS Pharmacy)</li> <li>Plumbing (Roto-Rooter)</li> </ul> <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>
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>
Driver's 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 eight 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.