Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

270 Jackson Rd
Devens, MA 01434-5100
United States

Geolocation Field
42.5516077, -71.6066725
Phone Number
(978) 784-2600
Fax Number
(978) 784-2721
Capacity
300
Location Description

Shriver Job Corps Center is located in Devens, Massachusetts, 35 miles west of Boston and a short drive from Leominster, Mass. The center, which has been in operation since 1996, sits on a 25-acre campus and has both residential and nonresidential students.

Center History

The Shriver Job Corps Center has been in operation since 1996. The center was named after Sargent Shriver, the driving force behind the creation of Job Corps, Head Start, the Peace Corps, and other programs during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 170 male students in two dorms and 102 female students in one dorm. There is also one coed achievement dorm on campus. Each room has a private bathroom. Residential students live with up to three roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • computer labs
  • microwaves
  • refrigerators
  • vending machines

We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Melissa Graf
Director Email
graf.melissa@jobcorps.org
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>
Peer Leadership
Student Leadership Program
<p>The Student Leadership Program is modeled after city government and provides a basic overview of government, committees, meetings, and town hall gatherings. Its goal is to help students develop their leadership skills through team building, social and business interaction, problem-solving, career development and the development of diplomatic views. To qualify for this training program, students must show they are mature and have leadership potential. The program itself takes place after school hours but is open to all our students.</p> <p>This program incorporates the Student Government Association (SGA) which acts as the voice of our students.</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 Shriver Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Andres Institute of Art</li> <li>Cor Unum</li> <li>Habitat for Humanity</li> <li>Make A Wish</li> <li>Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center</li> <li>Stone Soup</li> <li>Various food kitchens</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Shriver Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Shriver can enroll in our GED program. Students may also enroll in our high school diploma program.</p>
English Language Learning
<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>
Tutoring
<p>Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math, reading, science, 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. 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> <p>This program is offered through a partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College.</p>
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.