Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

5700 Bald Hill Rd
Tahlequah, OK 74464-1680
United States

Geolocation Field
35.845378, -94.9863993
Mailing Address

PO Box 1066
Tahlequah, OK 74465-1066
United States

Phone Number
(918) 456-9959
Fax Number
(918) 207-3489
Location Description

Talking Leaves Job Corps Center enjoys a modern campus on a 22-acre campus in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, about an hour east of Tulsa, and just a short drive from the Cherokee Nation Reservation.

Center History

The Talking Leaves Job Corps Center (TLJC) opened its doors October 18, 1978. The center was housed at the time in Northeastern State University’s Loeser Hall. As the enrollment grew and their need for dorm space increased, TLJC moved to the Cherokee Nation Motor Lodge in 1988 and later onto their current facility in 1994.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 130 male students and 110 female students in three dorms: one male, one female, and one coed. Residential students live with up to three 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
Jay Littlejohn
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>
Eagle Executive Committee
Native Voices
<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 Talking Leaves Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>CASA of Cherokee County</li> <li>Cherokee County Nursing Center</li> <li>Cherokee County Veterans Council</li> <li>Cherokee Nation </li> <li>Fort Gibson Public Schools</li> <li>Go Ye Village Nursing Home</li> <li>Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>Tahlequah City Hospital</li> <li>Tahlequah Public Schools</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Talking Leaves 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 Talking Leaves can enroll in our GED and high school diploma programs.</p> <p>Our GED program features computer-based GED preparation and book-based training. Students in this program receive one-on-one tutoring, peer tutoring, and self-motivated study. Students must achieve the objectives set by the State of Oklahoma Department of Education to receive their GED certificates.</p> <p>Our students also have the opportunity to earn their high school diplomas. To get a high school diploma, a student must achieve 13 core academic credits and 10 elective credits and complete a career technical training program at our center.</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 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>
<body> <p>The College Program is an advanced training program offered through partnerships with Northeastern State University and Indian Capital Technology Center. 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.