Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

235 W Foothills Dr
Drums, PA 18222-2410
United States

Geolocation Field
41.0060699, -75.9844147
Phone Number
(570) 788-1164
Fax Number
(570) 788-1119
Location Description

Keystone is among the nation’s oldest Job Corps Centers having opened its doors in 1967. The center sits on 170 acres in Drums, Pensylvania, just a short drive from the Pocono Mountains near the city of Hazleton and the Pocono Raceway.

Center History

Keystone is among the nation’s oldest Job Corps Centers having opened its doors in 1967. Previously, the 122-acre site was the Kis-Lyn School for Boys which was in operation from 1912 to 1965.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 300 male students in four dorms and 171 female students in two dorms. There's also an enrollee dorm with separate rooms for males and females. All rooms have private bathrooms. Residential students live with three roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

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

We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Kelly King
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>
Fitness Club
<p>The goal of the Fitness Club is to spread education and awareness about the importance and joy of exercise and an active lifestyle. Through fun, games, and exercise routines the club seeks to enhance the strength, flexibility, of its members, and foster a lifelong commitment to health and activity.</p>
Grooming Club
Leadership Club
<p>The Leadership Club is modeled after city government and provides a basic overview of government, committees, meetings, and town hall gatherings. Its goal is to help students develop their leadership skills through team building, social and business interaction, problem-solving, career development and the development of diplomatic views. To qualify for this training program, students must show they are mature and have leadership potential. The program itself takes place after school hours but is open to all our students.</p> <p>This program incorporates the Student Government Association (SGA) which acts as the voice of our students.</p>
Light and Sound Club
Weight Training Club
<p>The purpose of the Weight Training 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 Keystone Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>American Cancer Society</li> <li>American Red Cross</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma Program
<p>One of our top goals at Keystone Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. We offer GED preparation and high school diploma classes where students benefit from individual attention, small class sizes, and peer encouragement.</p> <p>Students who enter the GED program receive specialized training classes designed to improve the students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to obtain their GED.</p> <p>Students can also receive their high school diplomas through our partnership with Penn Foster High School. To enroll in this program, students must provide their most recent high school transcripts and meet other requirements. For more information, contact your admissions counselor.</p>
English Language Learning Program
<p>Students needing to learn English can enter our English Language Learning (ELL) program. Keystone is in partnership with Luzerne County Community College to provide ELL services. 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, social studies, and writing 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 offered through a partnership with Luzerne County 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 four students in 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.