Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

821 Highway 51 S
Batesville, MS 38606-2545
United States

Geolocation Field
34.30377, -89.946483
Phone Number
(662) 563-4656
Fax Number
(662) 563-1644
Location Description

Finch-Henry Job Corps Center spans 28 acres in Batesville, Mississippi, just a short drive from downtown. The campus has the feel of a small community college.

Center History

Finch-Henry Job Corps Center first opened in 1981 as the Batesville Job Corps Center. The center name was changed in October 2009 to honor Charles C. "Cliff" Finch, a former governor of the state of Mississippi, and Dr. Aaron Henry, a leader of the civil rights movement. Both played a significant role in the selection of Batesville, Mississippi, as the site of a new Job Corps center in the late 1970s.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 100 male students and 100 female students in three dorms; one male dorm, one female dorm, and one co-ed dorm with separate wings for males and females. Residential students live with two to four roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

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

There is also an on-site independent living adviser to help make dorm life safe, clean, and productive for the students. We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Cordella Smith
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>
Anti-Bullying Club
<p>The Anti-Bullying Club's mission to shape a society in which all people, regardless of race, color, creed or sexual orientation, are protected from harassment, abuse, and ridicule.</p> <p>By teaching our neighbors, our educators, our lawmakers, and ourselves about bullying and methods to stop it we are making our world a better place for everyone.</p>
<p>This year millions of students around the world will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives them the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.</p> <p>D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach students how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.</p>
<p>The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. </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 Finch-Henry Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Batesville WIN Job Center</li> <li>Boys &amp; Girls Clubs</li> <li>City of Batesville</li> <li>City of Grenada</li> <li>City of Marks</li> <li>Dignity &amp; Mercy Adult Daycare Center</li> <li>Golden Living Nursing Home</li> <li>Goodwill</li> <li>ICS Head Start</li> <li>100 Black Men of Grenada</li> <li>Panola Partnership</li> <li>Red Cross</li> <li>Salvation Army</li> <li>Tri-Lakes Medical Center</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Finch-Henry Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED or high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Finch-Henry are automatically enrolled in our GED program. Students who complete this program's core classes may participate in an online high school diploma program which is paid for by the center.</p>
Tutoring and Academic Support
<p>Tutoring programs are available for math and reading where students are tutored 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>For this program, Finch-Henry Job Corps partners with Coahoma Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College, and Rust College</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>
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 five 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.