3348 S Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60623-5114
Located in Chicago’s historic South Lawndale neighborhood in the Little Village community, the Paul Simon Job Corps Center sits on a 33-acre campus right along the river, just a short drive from downtown Chicago.
With the closure of the Job Corps center in the Buena Park neighborhood in 1969, there was a public outcry for a new center to serve the community. In 1994, 25 years later, Secretary of Labor Robert Reich announced nine new centers to open across the country, including one in Chicago. The center in South Chicago opened a few years later. In 2001, the name of the center was changed to honor Sen. Paul Simon, a politician who had served the state of Illinois since 1963.
Our campus' residential living facilities can house 164 male students and 164 female students in two dorms. Residential students live with up to three roommates and enjoy the following amenities:
- laundry facilities
- TV lounges
- computer labs
- vending machines
Each dorm room has its own restroom. Honor dorms with microwaves and refrigerators are available to students who qualify. We also serve nonresidential students.
Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps has a child day care center on site. It is independently operated, and all applicants must qualify for its services before the child is accepted.
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.