Center Type
Job Corps Center
Physical Address

100A MacDonough Dr
Vergennes, VT 05491-1057
United States

Geolocation Field
44.1703727, -73.2619589
Phone Number
(802) 877-2922
Fax Number
(802) 877-0394
Location Description

Northlands Job Corps Center is located on a beautiful and stately New England campus in rural Vergennes, Vermont, a bustling tourist and boating community. Students live on a 66-acre campus near Otter Creek.

Center History

The 66-acre site that makes up the Northlands Job Corps Center began its life in 1874 as the Vermont Reform School, an institution for children who broke the law. In 1900 it was renamed the Vermont Industrial School, and in 1937 it was named Weeks School in honor of Governor John E. Weeks. In 1979, the Weeks School closed and the campus became a Job Corps center that same year.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 133 male students in four dorms and 75 female students in three dorms. Residential students live with up to five roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • computer stations
  • a microwave
  • a refrigerator
  • bathrooms and showers

Each dorm has its own kitchen. We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
George Sabol
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>
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>
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>
Diversity Club
<p>The Diversity Club's purpose is to promote diversity and equality regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, or religion. We are committed to achieving this standard among all individuals within the center's community, including teachers, students, staff, and administration. Our goal is to provide a safe environment to have honest and sometimes tough discussions about ethnic, cultural, and societal issues in American society.</p>
Photography Club
<p>The mission of the Photography club is to foster a community of diverse and passionate photographers at the Job Corps Center. Club meetings are devoted to promoting creative expression through photography, sharing and critiquing the photographs of other members, learning new methods, and spreading the love of photography across the Job Corps Center and the local community. The club is open to photographers of all skill levels and styles with any camera type. Bring your camera and come share and learn with fellow photography enthusiasts.</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>
<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 Northlands Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Addison County Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>Addison County Community Land Trust</li> <li>American Red Cross</li> <li>Rokeby Museum</li> <li>Rotary Club</li> <li>United Way of Addison County</li> <li>Vergennes Area Rescue Squad (VARS)</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>Students who already have their GED or high school diploma are also eligible for Job Corps.</p> <p>Our teachers will work with students who need their GED or high school diploma. One of our top goals at Northlands is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED/high school diploma prior to leaving the Center.</p> Students seeking their high school diplomas may enroll in the Penn Foster Online High School Diploma Program at Northlands. We also have partnerships with local high schools so that our students can earn their high school diplomas with the last school they attended, based on eligibility.
Tutors and academic support
<p>Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math, reading, 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>
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>
Driver Education
<p>Driver's Education is available to all students needing a driver's license.</p>
Who do I have to live with?

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