Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

4155 Co Hwy H
Laona, WI 54541-9293
United States

Geolocation Field
45.5269069, -88.6133789
Phone Number
(715) 674-2311
Fax Number
(715) 674-7640
Location Description

Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is located in Laona, Wisconsin, in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, where students can experience the outdoors of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The center is on a 48-acre campus that is close to pristine lakes and streams, and an abundance of off-center outdoor activities.

Center History

Located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Blackwell was originally a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp set up during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration. During President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration, many former CCC sites became Job Corps centers. As such, Blackwell opened as a Job Corps center in 1965. Since then, over 15,000 students have benefited from the federal scholarships offered through Blackwell Job Corps.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 153 male students in three dorms and 52 female students in one dorm. Residential students live with three roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • vending machines
  • computer labs
  • libraries
  • bathrooms and showers.

An independent living adviser is on-site to help make dorm life safe, clean, and productive for the students.

Director Name
Richard Lassiter
Director Email
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> <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.</p>
Black Forest Anime Club
<p>The Anime Club meets regularly to discuss, show, and promote anime as well as broaden Japanese cultural understanding. Any Anime fan is welcome to join. Our activities range from viewing and discussing Anime, playing games, or doing Anime-related crafts. From classics of the medium to the latest titles from Japan, whatever interests you about Anime and Manga is welcome here.</p>
Magic Card Club
<p>Members of the “Magic: The Gathering” Card Game Club go all in with their powers of concentration, strategy, bluffing, and luck to play Magic with like-minded students.</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 Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Crandon Nursing Home</li> <li>Nu-Hoc Rehabilitation Home</li> <li>Potawatomi Health Center</li> <li>Red Cross</li> <li>Trees for Tomorrow</li> <li>Wabeno Lions Club</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
HSED/GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Blackwell Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her HSED/GED/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Blackwell can enroll in our HSED/GED program. Students can also earn their high school diplomas through our partnership with the Wabeno Area School District.</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, reading, communications, 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>We offer this program through partnerships with Nicolet College and North Central Technical College.</p>
Driver Education
<p>Driver's Education is available to all students who are at least 16 years of age. A student wishing to obtain his/her driver's license must have a certified copy of his/her birth certificate.</p>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay in separate male and female dormitories. There are four students to 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.