Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

1020 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1602
United States

Geolocation Field
34.0408311, -118.2605424
Phone Number
(213) 748-0135
Fax Number
(213) 741-5359
Location Description

The Los Angeles Job Corps Center is located in the heart of LA’s booming downtown redevelopment. The Staples Center, City Walk, the Convention Center, the beautiful downtown Library and Performing Arts Center are all within walking distance. Residential and nonresidential students attend the new, urban campus.

Center History

There have been Job Corps centers in the Los Angeles area since the program’s inception in 1965. The city’s two campuses — one downtown and one in Hollywood — were finally united in 2012 in a modern new center in the burgeoning South Park District in downtown LA.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 148 male students and 232 female students in two dorms. Residential students live with one roommate and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • vending machines
  • computers for student use
  • bathrooms and showers

We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Fred Williams
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>
Acting Club
<p>Students who join the center’s Acting Club will be introduced to the different aspects of the theater and performance including acting, directing, improv, writing, play production, stage work, and much more. The club will emphasize creative thinking skills and teamwork and will provide students with enriched learning experiences in the performing arts. Along the way, members will develop poise, social skills, and confidence. </p> <p>All skill levels are welcome, from seasoned veterans to curious beginners.</p>
Art Club
Entrepreneurship Club
<p>The goal of the Entrepreneurship Club is to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit among Job Corps students across the Center and to create a community of like-minded members who thrive on innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. We share advice, connections, and resources. We mentor each other with our unique and diverse and backgrounds, and we connect members with successful entrepreneurs who know first-hand what it takes.</p>
Music Club
<p>Our musically-inclined students (or those who want to be) are invited to join our center's Music Club. We have a variety of musical instruments club members can choose from, including their voices, and meetings are spent blowing off some steam and having fun with musical expression. All skill levels and musical genres are welcome.</p>
Poetry Club
<p>Poets are artists who paint and sculpt with their words. They can use their language to convey ideas, emotions, and concepts in a way that reach a listener’s heart as well as their head. </p> <p>At Poetry Club, we think everyone has a poet inside them with something to say, and we bring students together to discover their own unique voice. Along the way, members will pick up some important public speaking and literacy skills. Most importantly, the club is about having fun with other students and learning new ways to express and inspire with words. </p>
Swimming Club
<p>The Swimming Club is a group devoted to learning and practicing various swimming styles and strokes for fun and exercise. It's also a great way to meet like-minded people at the center. Jump in. The water's fine!</p>
Yoga Club
<p>Yoga Club is a chance for students to slow down and learn the basic yoga poses, which help reduce stress and increase flexibility & strength as well as the mind’s connection to the body. The mission of the yoga club is to promote the practice and study of yoga and to foster a community around this practice. </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 Los Angeles Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations and events with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>AIDS Walk</li> <li>American Red Cross</li> <li>California Hospital</li> <li>Habitat for Humanity</li> <li>Local shelters</li> <li>Los Angeles Food Bank</li> <li>Los Angeles Zoo</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
High School Equivalency (HSE)/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Los Angeles Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her HSE/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Los Angeles can enroll in an HSE or high school diploma program.</p> <p>Our high school diploma program is offered through partnerships with Los Angeles Unified School District and SIATech Charter 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 with the California Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) test to determine their language proficiency levels.</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>
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 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> <p>This program is offered through partnerships with East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles City College, and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.</p>
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 floors of the dormitory with one co-ed floor which has separate wings for men and women. Each student has one roommate in an adjoining suite much like a college dorm. 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.