Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

600 Valley St
Gadsden, AL 35901-2440
United States

Geolocation Field
34.0247367, -85.9955504
Mailing Address

PO Box 286
Gadsden, AL 35902-0286
United States

Phone Number
(256) 547-6222
Fax Number
(256) 547-9040
Location Description

Gadsden Job Corps Center is located on the Gadsden State Community College, Valley Street campus, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Our center sits on 30 acres near Noccalula Falls, a public park, and the NASCAR Talladega Superspeedway. It is within walking distance of shopping centers, eateries, and a museum.

Center History

The Gadsden Job Corps Center is located on the Valley Street campus of Gadsden State Community College. The Valley Street campus began in the early 1960s as Gadsden Vocational Trade School, a private vocational training school for African Americans. In 1962, the state of Alabama assumed ownership of the school. In 1972, it was renamed Gadsden State Technical Institute. For 10 years, until desegregation in 1970, the school was the only local technical institution of higher learning in the Gadsden area to enroll African Americans. The U.S. Department of Education designated this institution as a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in 1997.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 128 male students and 128 female students in two dorms. Residential students live with four roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV rooms, lounges
  • vending machines
  • private bathrooms and showers

We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Eric Jones
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>
Book Club
<p>A good book not only gets you caught up in its story but takes you to places you have never been and introduces you to characters with backgrounds and views that are different from your own. By experiencing these new places, events, and characters, the reader's perspectives expand, their understanding of the world grows, and they become wiser and better people as a result. </p> <p>Reading is an important life skill, but it's also simply fun, even more so if your friends are reading the same book. In this spirit, our Book Club brings students from different backgrounds together to discuss deeper topics and grow their friendships through a similar interest: reading.</p>
Chess Club
<p>The game of chess develops strategy, anticipation, and awareness skills that can help players in situations far away from the chess board, but the reason we like to play it is simply because it is fun. The Chess Club gives students a chance to play friendly games of chess against their peers in a low-stress environment. All levels are welcome. </p>
Crochet Club
<p>Whether you’re a veteran yarn spinner at or are just getting hooked on crochet, our Crochet Club has something for you. Meeting up with fellow crocheters is a great way to learn and share techniques, craft a new article of clothing or blanket, and simply have fun with new friends. </p>
Debate Club
<p>The Debate Club’s mission is about providing instruction and practice in the art of public speaking, with an emphasis on debate. Students train in the Lincoln-Douglas debate style, public forum debates, extemporaneous speaking, and other forms of public rhetoric. Most meetings focus on debating current political and ethical issues in a respectful and edifying way. Members practice case-writing, rebuttals, cross-examination skills, analytical thinking, and political and moral philosophy.</p> <p>It’s a fun way to make new friends and develop critical-thinking and communication skills.</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 Gadsden Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Boys &amp; Girls Clubs</li> <li>Habitat for Humanity</li> <li>Head Start</li> <li>Humane Society</li> <li>United Way</li> <li>YMCA</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Gadsden 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 Gadsden can enroll in our GED program. Students can also earn their high school diplomas through our partnership with Etowah County Public Schools and New Summit High School.</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>
Tutors and academic support
<p>Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math, reading, or 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 that allows our students to continue their education at Gadsden State Community College. 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 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.