Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

6739 24th Ave NE Bldg 2402
Moses Lake, WA 98837-3246
United States

Geolocation Field
47.185396, -119.319033
Phone Number
(509) 762-5581
Fax Number
(509) 793-1758
Location Description

Columbia Basin Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is located in Moses Lake, Washington, just a short drive from downtown Moses Lake and Grand Coulee Dam. Students enjoy a mild, desert-like climate and four seasons on a 42-acre campus.

Center History

The Columbia Basin Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center opened in 1965, one of 88 centers opened during the program’s first year, and has been unlocking great futures for thousands of students ever since.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 180 male students in three dorms and 110 female students in one dorm. Residential students live with up to five roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • computer labs
  • microwaves
  • refrigerators
  • vending machines
  • bathrooms and showers 
Director Name
Karl Lester
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>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 Columbia Basin Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>CAST for Kids</li> <li>Forgotten Heroes Memorial</li> <li>Habitat for Humanity</li> <li>Kids Fishing Day</li> <li>Lions Club</li> <li>Moses Lake Business Association</li> <li>Moses Lake Chamber Vision 20/20 Committee</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
High School Equivalency (HSE) Program
<p>One of our top goals at Columbia Basin Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her High School Equivalency (HSE)/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Columbia Basin can enroll into our HSE program. Students in the HSE program are taught by Wellpinit School District teachers. Approximately 80 students per year attain their HSE.</p>
High School Diploma Program
<p>Our students have the opportunity to earn their high school diplomas through our partnership with the Wellpinit School District. Approximately 45 students per year attain their high school diplomas.</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, and social studies 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 HSE (from our center or another educational facility) and have successfully completed a vocational trade at Job Corps. A limited number of students are accepted into the college program each year. Once they have met all the eligibility requirements, students can enroll at Big Bend Community College to earn an associate's degree.</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 five to seven 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.