Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

10 Opportunity Drive
Denison, IA 51442
United States

Geolocation Field
42.0176555, -95.327458
Mailing Address

PO Box 610
Denison, IA 51442-0610
United States

Phone Number
(712) 265-2300
Fax Number
(712) 263-6910
Off-Site Training
Location Description

Located in the plains of northwestern Iowa, the Denison Job Corps Center sits on 54 acres near Yellowsmoke Park.

Center History

The site that would become the Denison Job Corps Center began as Midwestern College, a private liberal arts college that lasted only 5 years from 1965 to 1970. In February of 1980, the old Midwestern campus became the Denison Job Corps Center and has since helped tens of thousands of students forge their own paths to success and independence. A child care center opened on the site in 1993.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 148 male students and 148 female students in dorms. Residential students live with up to two roommates and two dorm rooms share a bathroom. and enjoy the following amenities:

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

Independent living advisers are on-site to help make dorm life safe, clean, and productive for students. Additionally, we offer residential housing for parents with children. We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Steve Reitan
Director Email
Director Phone
Director Extension
Director Fax
Child Development Center

Our on-center Child Development Center cares for children between six weeks and three years of age. Children between the ages of three and five can attend the Head Start program on our campus. Children that are five years and older can attend the Denison Elementary School located off center.

Residential Parent/Child Program

Our center has a 32-room dormitory for single parents and their children. This allows students to train at Job Corps without being separated from their children. Children must be at least six weeks old to be eligible for the program.

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>
Arts and Crafts Club
<p>If you’re crafty (or want to be), this is the club for you. Our Arts and Crafts Club teaches students techniques on how to use inexpensive materials to make eye-catching decorative items. It’s a great way for creative students to express themselves, as well as craft a few keepsakes to remember their time at Job Corps.</p>
Hiking Club
<p>The Hiking Club is an organization for like-minded explorers and wanderers to meet up and enjoy trail-hiking adventures. Everyone interested in hiking, the outdoors, and fitness is welcome.</p>
Weightlifting Club
<p>The purpose of the Weightlifting Club is to introduce students to the benefits of strength training.</p> <p>The club brings together people of all skill levels who all have an interest in weightlifting and provides an organization where students can meet to lift with each other, push each other to reach their goals, and get advice on how to continue training.</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 Denison Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Callicoon Business Association</li> <li>Delaware Youth Center</li> <li>Fire Department</li> <li>Youth groups</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Denison 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 Denison can enroll in our GED program. Our high school diploma program is a self-paced program on our campus and is provided by the Denison Community School Systems Alternative High School.</p>
Tutors and academic support
<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>
<p>Our center offers college programs to our students in conjunction with Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC). 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>
Driver Education
<p>Driver's Education is available to all students needing their driver's license.</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>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay in separate male and female dormitories. There are up to three 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.