Many single parents say that caring for their children while training for a career is a balancing act. Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center is trying to help by turning a building on campus into a single-parent dorm located above a day care center. This will allow many at Job Corps to train for their careers while staying close to their children.
The center completed construction on two additional floors above a Head Start Day Care facility that will house 18 single parents and their children. Each family will have its own room and bathroom and can enjoy common lounge areas on each floor.
“The solo-parent dorm is going to be a great addition to our campus. Many single parents don’t complete their education or training, and this new dorm will hopefully make it easier for students to raise their children and prepare for their futures simultaneously,” said David MacKenzie, center director.
This renovation project originally began in 2004 with the opening of a Head Start Day Care facility where Job Corps students can leave their children while they attend their academic and training classes during the day. While the child-care center was a big help for single parents, they still struggled with the daily commute. Since Job Corps is a primarily residential program, the center decided to join the seven other Job Corps centers that are accommodating single parents by building the new dorm.
The dorm, funded by the Recovery Act, has been designed using green construction techniques, including energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, motion-detector lighting, and Energy Star washers and dryers.