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Job Corps 101

¿Qué es Job Corps?

Job Corps ofrece capacitación profesional gratuita a jóvenes de 16 a 24 años. Contamos con más de 120 campus en todo EE. UU., donde los estudiantes adquieren la experiencia necesaria para iniciar una carrera o un aprendizaje profesional, proseguir a un centro de enseñanza superior o alistarse en el ejército. ¿Y lo mejor? Es gratis.  

¿Quién puede participar en Job Corps?
  • Jóvenes de 16 a 24 años con bajos ingresos que sean ciudadanos estadounidenses, residentes legales de EE. UU. o residentes de un territorio estadounidense y/o personas autorizadas a trabajar en EE. UU. 

 

Es posible que NO reúnas los requisitos para participar en Job Corps si: 

  • Consumes drogas ilegalmente según la ley federal 

  • Muestras problemas de comportamiento que podrían impedir tu éxito o el de otros en Job Corps 

  • Tienes determinadas condenas penales o requieres supervisión judicial 

 

Infórmate sobre la elegibilidad para Job Corps o toma el quiz de elegibilidad 

 

¿Cuánto cuesta Job Corps?

Job Corps está totalmente financiado por el gobierno federal, lo que significa que siempre es GRATIS para los estudiantes. 

¿Dónde se encuentra Job Corps?

Job Corps tiene más de 120 campus en EE. UU. y Puerto Rico. Lo más probable es que haya uno cerca de ti. Encuentra el campus más cercano:  

¿Cuánto tiempo se tarda en terminar un programa de Job Corps?

La duración de la capacitación depende del tipo de capacitación, del ritmo de aprendizaje del alumno y de si el alumno aprovecha otras oportunidades de capacitación avanzada. Los estudiantes de Job Corps pueden recibir capacitación entre ocho meses y tres años.

¿Cómo se ingresa a Job Corps?

El primer paso para inscribirse en Job Corps es llenar la Herramienta de Evaluación de Intereses de MyJobCorps o hablar con un miembro del personal de Servicios de Admisión llamando al (800) 733-JOBS o al (800) 733-5627 hoy mismo. Obtén más información sobre el proceso de inscripción.

¿Puedo elegir a qué centro asistir?

Los estudiantes de Job Corps suelen acudir a un campus cercano a su lugar de residencia. Tu miembro del personal de Servicios de Admisión trabajará con usted para determinar qué centro es el más adecuado para ti en función de algunos factores, como tu ubicación y tus intereses profesionales.

¿Me pagan mientras estoy en Job Corps?

A lo largo de tu adiestramiento, recibirás un subsidio de manutención básico quincenal. A medida que avance tu adiestramiento, aumentará tu subsidio de manutención. Después de graduarte, Job Corps puede ayudarte a empezar tu trayecto profesional con un subsidio de transición. Este subsidio se basa en tus logros académicos y de formación técnica profesional durante tu estancia en Job Corps. 

Are there rules I have to follow at Job Corps?

Each Job Corps campus has its own set of rules designed for your safety, so that you can focus on your success. All campuses have a Zero Tolerance Policy for drugs and alcohol.

Do I get paid while I am at Job Corps?

Throughout your training, you will receive a biweekly basic living allowance. As your training progresses, your living allowance will increase. After you graduate, Job Corps can help you get started on your journey with a transition allowance. This allowance is based on your academic and career technical training achievement while in Job Corps.

Capacitación y aprendizaje en Job Corps

¿Qué tipo de capacitación se ofrece en Job Corps?

Del cuidado médico a las tecnologías de la información y la construcción, Job Corps ofrece capacitación técnica profesional práctica y presencial en 10 sectores de gran crecimiento. Explora las posibilidades que tienes a tu alcance.  

¿Qué más ofrece Job Corps?

Además de capacitación profesional, Job Corps también puede ayudarte a obtener el diploma de escuela secundaria o equivalente y la licencia de conducir. Job Corps también te proporcionará una planificación profesional exhaustiva, adiestramiento en el puesto de trabajo, asistencia para la colocación de empleo, alojamiento, alimentación, asistencia médica y dental, asignación básica quincenal para gastos de manutención, y uniformes y equipo básicos para tu adiestramiento profesional. Todo GRATIS. Más información sobre los beneficios de Job Corps.  

I submitted the Express Interest Tool. What’s next?

Once you have answered all the questions and selected “Submit my information,” you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail. The information you entered is sent to a Job Corps Admissions Representative who will contact you to schedule an orientation. At the orientation, you’ll learn more about what Job Corps can offer you on your path to success. If you decide that Job Corps is right for you, your Admissions Representative will help you start the application process.

¿Puedo recibir ayuda adicional con la lectura o las matemáticas?

Sí. Tenemos tutores académicos preparados para proporcionarte la ayuda extra que necesitas con la lectura o las matemáticas. ¡Solo tienes que pedirla! 

¿Asignan tareas?

Sí. Tus instructores te asignarán tareas de estudio independiente según sea necesario para mejorar tu aprendizaje. 

¿Se dan notas?

No. Job Corps no asigna calificaciones. En cambio, permite a los estudiantes demostrar su destreza (competencia) en una determinada materia o área de capacitación. Los instructores marcarán la finalización de la capacitación en tu Registro de Formación y Logros (TAR). 

Si soy menor de 18 años, ¿debe participar otra persona en mi educación?

Sí. Requerimos que alguien (preferiblemente tu padre, madre, tutor legal, padre o madre adoptivos, mentor o un asociado que esté interesado en tu éxito) se reúna con un miembro del personal de Servicios de Admisiones antes de la inscripción. Esta misma persona debe visitar y reunirse con tus orientadores profesionales mensualmente durante los cuatro primeros meses de tu inscripción. 

How do I get the application?

Your Admissions Representative will share the application questions with you and let you know which documents you’ll need to share to confirm you’re eligible for Job Corps.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

Your Admissions Representative will review your application and let you know if you’re eligible for Job Corps. Generally, Job Corps students are low-income 16- through 24-year-olds who are U.S. citizens, legal U.S. residents or residents of a U.S. territory, and/or individuals who are authorized to work in the United States. You may NOT be eligible for Job Corps if you:

  • Use drugs illegally under federal law
  • Exhibit behavioral problems that could prevent you or others from success in Job Corps
  • Have certain criminal convictions or require court supervision

Get the inside scoop on Job Corps Eligibility or speak to your Admissions Representative for more information.

Are Job Corps’ financial eligibility requirements based on my parents’ income or my income if I’m over 18 years old?

Income requirements are determined by your household’s total income. If you live with your parents and are their legal dependent, your parents’ income will be considered. If you do not live with your parents and are not claimed as a dependent, only your income will be considered.

How long does this process take?

Because each applicant’s circumstances are unique, the wait time for an acceptance decision varies. Usually, this process takes two to three months. If you’ve selected a high-demand training area and there is a waitlist, your process could look a bit longer.

The most common reason for a delay is needing to update inaccurate or out-of-date information in your application. Other factors that may slow the process include gathering required documents (if not immediately available) and review of medical information. Your Admissions Representative will be able to discuss this timeline with you, including options to fast-track your application, based on your specific circumstances.

What will I need to complete my application?

Generally, you will need:

  1. Citizenship or residency status documentation

    Such as: birth certificate, U.S. passport, valid foreign passport, Social Security card, green card (I-551, Permanent Resident Card) or Employment Authorization Document (I-766).

  2. Form of identification

    Government-issued and includes your legal name and date of birth (like a driver’s license).

  3. Social Security number (if applicable)

Your Admissions Representative may also request documentation related to your income over the last six months, or documents related to family income. If you are under 18 years old, a parent or guardian (or other approved delegate) will need to provide consent for you to enroll in Job Corps.

Keep track of everything you need for your application with this checklist

How do I share my application documents?

To complete your Job Corps application, you will submit all documents and answers to your Admissions Representative. You can e-mail and/or text your documents as images directly from your mobile phone, tablet or computer. Make sure the images are clear and easy to read and that you save files with names that clearly state what information each contains. For example, if you upload your birth certificate, you should name the file Birth Certificate.

What types of questions will I be asked in my application?

Your Admissions Representative will ask questions about you, your career interests and your personal experiences, such as:

  • What’s your education and employment history?
  • What opportunities do you want to get through coming to Job Corps?
  • How do you feel about following rules and requirements?
  • Have you ever worked as part of a team or group?

These questions will help determine if Job Corps is the right path for you at this time. Remember to be thoughtful and thorough when you answer.

How do I complete and submit my application?

You’ll complete your application information with your Admissions Representative to make sure everything is accurate and all steps are finalized. Next, your Admissions Representative will review your application to confirm that you’re eligible for Job Corps. Your Admissions Representative may schedule an interview to do a final review and submission.

What do I do if I miss my interview or need to reschedule it?

Interviews are often scheduled as a final step to review and submit your application with your Admissions Representative. Please reach out to your Admissions Representative to schedule or reschedule your interview.

Where is my interview? Is there a virtual option?

If your Admissions Representative requests an interview to finalize your application, it will take place in person, usually in an Admissions office or at a Job Corps campus. However, it can be done online if you are in a remote area. Reach out to your Admissions Representative to confirm the location of your interview.

How do I check the status of my application?

Reach out to your Admissions Representative with any questions about your specific application, including status. They will have the most up-to-date information about your application.

I submitted my application. What happens next?

Your Admissions Representative will review your information and let you know if you’re officially eligible to join Job Corps. Then, they will send your application to a Job Corps campus for one more review. This step makes sure you’re assigned to the campus that’s the best fit for you. The campus review can take up to 30 days.

You can reach out to your Admissions Representative if you have questions or need updates while you wait. Your Admissions Representative will let you know when you’ve received an official enrollment offer.

When will I find out if I got in?

Reviewing the application can take several weeks, but Admissions and campus staff are working as quickly as possible to help everyone through the process. If you’ve selected a training area that many students are interested in and there is a waitlist, your process could look a bit longer.

The most common reason for delays is needing to update inaccurate or out-of-date information in your application. Reach out to your Admissions Representative if you need to update your information or if you have questions about your application status.

Who will let me know if I’m accepted into Job Corps?

Once the Job Corps campus reviews and accepts your application, your Admissions Representative will reach out with your final enrollment offer. Your final offer includes your start date and travel documents (if appropriate).

What do I do if I’m not accepted to Job Corps?

If you are not accepted by a specific campus, your Admissions Representative may recommend another campus to you.

If you receive a physical denial letter, you may file a written appeal within 180 days to the Department of Labor Civil Rights Center. If needed, reach out to your Admissions Representative for more details.

While you might not be able to attend Job Corps, an American Job Center may be able to help you find a program that can meet your needs. To explore all your options, you can visit your local American Job Center or research information about apprenticeship programs.

La vida en el centro

¿Tengo que vivir en el campus?

Si eliges asistir a un centro residencial Job Corps, deberás vivir en el centro. Pero hay centros y opciones no residenciales, así como oportunidades para estudiar y vivir en los Centros de Conservación Civiles de Job Corps. Echa un vistazo a las opciones de vivienda que tienes a tu disposición.  

¿Puedo asistir a Job Corps si tengo un hijo?

Tratamos de ayudar a los estudiantes con niños ofreciendo servicios de guardería infantil en algunos de nuestros campuses. Un consejero de admisiones te puede explicar tus opciones.

¿Con quién viviré?

La mayoría de los centros ofrecen dormitorios separados para hombres y mujeres. Dependiendo del centro, puedes tener entre uno y ocho compañeros de habitación. Job Corps valora la diversidad y te proporcionará oportunidades para vivir e interactuar con personas de orígenes muy diferentes. 

¿Puedo salir del campus de Job Corps?

Job Corps te proporcionará el transporte de ida y vuelta a casa para tu viaje inicial al centro, durante las vacaciones de invierno y verano, y el viaje de vuelta a casa cuando dejes el programa. Cualquier otro viaje a casa debe ser organizado y pagado por el estudiante. 

¿Hay seguridad en el campus?

Sí, hay seguridad las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, en todos los campus de Job Corps.  

¿Y si no me gusta Job Corps?

Si no estás contento en Job Corps, nadie te obligará a quedarte en el centro. Te animamos a que hables primero con el personal de tu centro para que puedan ayudarte a seguir los siguientes pasos.  

Do I live on campus?

If you choose to attend a residential Job Corps campus, you will be expected to live on campus. But there are some nonresidential campuses, and an Admissions Representative will be able to discuss these options with you. Check out the living options available to you.

Who will I live with on campus?

Most campuses offer separate male and female dorms, and place students based on their gender identity. Dorms vary from campus to campus, but you’ll typically live with roommates. Job Corps values diversity and will provide you with opportunities to live and interact with people of many different backgrounds. Reach out to your campus with specific questions about dorm life.

Can I leave campus?

Yes! If you are a residential student, you will stay on campus most of the time so you can focus on your career goals; but there are opportunities to leave too. Most Job Corps campuses host off-campus trips, like recreation activities or grocery store runs. Campus-sponsored trips include transportation. Job Corps also provides your initial transportation to campus, to and from campus for winter break, and for your return trip home after you graduate.

For any other trips off campus, you’ll need campus approval and to arrange and pay for the transportation yourself. You can also get weekend passes to visit family members. We also understand that there may be situations when you need to leave campus. To coordinate a weekend pass or any other trip off campus, reach out to your campus staff.

Can my family visit?

Of course! Your parents or guardians are invited to visit you on campus. Please have them contact your Job Corps campus before their visit. You can also get weekend passes to visit family members. To coordinate a weekend pass, please reach out to your campus staff members.

Is extra help available to me for reading or math?

Yes. We have academic tutors prepared to provide you with the extra help you need in reading or math. Reach out to your campus staff members or Admissions Representative for more information.

Is there homework, and will I receive grades?

Job Corps gives out homework, but not grades. Your instructors will assign independent study assignments as necessary to enhance your learning. Instead of assigning grades, Job Corps allows you to demonstrate your skill (competency) in a given subject area or training area. Instructors will mark the completion of training on your Training and Achievement Record (TAR).

Why do I have to take an assessment test?

You will take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to measure your basic math and reading proficiency. These tests will assist in making decisions about training and your academic coursework. You may wonder, why am I taking the proficiency tests if I already have a high school diploma? The proficiency tests ensure you have the current basic reading and math skills needed to succeed in your career training, on the job and in life. 

Will I have to take academic classes even if I have my high school diploma?

To make sure you have a solid foundation, you’ll likely find yourself taking some basic education classes to start. If you already have your high school diploma, you may find yourself moving more quickly through this academic phase; but do expect some classroom requirements in addition to your training. 

What should I expect when I arrive on campus?

Congrats on becoming a Job Corps student! We’re happy to have you here and hope you’re excited for this part of your journey. When you arrive on campus, you will:

  • Be welcomed by staff and students.
  • Complete a security check, including a bag screening to review for any prohibited items.
  • Get your training uniform.
  • Get a tour of campus and your dorm.
  • Complete a physical exam and any additional medical tests. These will be used to provide your basic medical care on campus.
  • Complete a mandatory drug test. As a reminder, Job Corps has a Zero Tolerance Policy for drugs.
What does a typical day look like?

Every campus is different, so your campus staff will provide you with your schedule when you arrive. Your day-to-day schedule can change as you get more involved, set your goals and progress through your training. Here is what a typical training day looks like for most students:

  • MORNING (6–11 A.M.)
    • Each weekday morning, you'll wake up and get ready for a full day of training and activities. This includes breakfast and ant other preparation you need to tackle the day. 
    • Then you’ll begin your training and education.
  • LUNCH
    • Around noon, you’ll take a break for lunch in the cafeteria.
  • AFTERNOON (1–4 P.M.)
    • You’ll spend your afternoons in hands-on career training and academic classes.
  • EVENING (5–8 P.M.)
    • After class, you’ll have free time to eat dinner, study, and join enrichment and recreational activities.

Check out a “day in the life” of Duke, a Job Corps student

What do my first two weeks look like?

During your first two weeks, you will:

  • Arrive on campus and get settled into your dorm.
  • Take a test to determine any additional support you’ll need before you start your career training.
  • Meet with your career preparation counselor.
  • Learn about Job Corps and life on campus and meet your instructors.
  • Access Job Corps’ career assessment and progress tool, MyPACE.
  • Research your career training options (if you haven’t chosen a career training area already) and take assessment tests.
    • These tests help identify your strengths and interests and help you meet eligibility requirements for certain career training programs. To get the most out of your Job Corps experience, you’ll want to take these tests seriously.  
What do my first two months look like?

Your first 60 days on campus will be busy as you get accustomed to life on campus, meet new people, and begin your career training and education classes. This is called the Career Preparation Period, and it is broken down into the following phases:

  • Phase 1: WELCOME TO JOB CORPS
    • Learn about Job Corps and life on campus and meet your instructors.
    • Access Job Corps’ career assessment and progress tool, MyPACE.
    • Research your career training options (if you haven’t chosen a career training area already) and take assessment tests.
      • These tests help identify your strengths and interests and help you meet eligibility requirements for certain career training programs, so it’s important to take these seriously.
  • Phase 2: BUILD YOUR SUPPORT TEAM
    • Discuss the importance of goal-setting and how it will help you build your future.
    • Meet student mentors and learn about conflict resolution.
    • Learn about workplace and campus safety.
    • Learn how to set yourself up for financial success.
  • Phase 3: SET YOUR GOALS
    • Establish your short- and long-term goals and create a plan for achieving them. Learn about career search tips and best practices.
    • Focus on resume-writing, discuss interview skills and build a professional portfolio.
    • Research college partnership opportunities and Advanced Training programs.
  • Phase 4 :DISCOVER YOUR PASSION
    • Explore career training areas of interest, if you haven’t chosen a career training area already.
    • Learn about career training certifications and why they matter.
    • Complete your exit presentation.

After you complete the Career Preparation Period, you will focus on your career training.

What if I don’t like Job Corps?

Adjusting to a new place and routine can take time. If you’re having a hard time navigating campus life, reach out to your peers, your counselors or campus staff for help and advice.

If Job Corps truly does not feel like a good fit for you, that’s your decision to make. We encourage you to speak to your campus staff first so that they can help you navigate your next steps.

Normas del centro

Sigue las prácticas establecidas en tu centro.

Cada centro Job Corps tiene su propio conjunto de normas diseñadas sobre todo para garantizar tu seguridad y ayudar a eliminar las distracciones para que puedas tener éxito en tus estudios y capacitación. Todos los centros tienen una política de cero tolerancia a las drogas y el alcohol.  

Trae ropa. NO traigas objetos caros.

Los alumnos deben traer su ropa de diario y artículos de aseo y cuidado personal. Los estudiantes no deben traer equipos de video y audio caros, computadoras y artículos similares. Más información sobre qué llevar al centro.  

En la mayoría de los centros, tú eres responsable de proporcionar tu propia ropa de diario. Muchos centros exigen que los alumnos lleven uniforme durante la jornada de capacitación. Si es tu caso, tu centro te proporcionará el uniforme. 

Invita a tu familia a visitarte.

Tus padres o tutores legales están invitados a visitarte en el centro. Pídeles que se pongan en contacto con tu centro antes de la visita. 

How can I share my Job Corps experience? 

Thank you for your interest in sharing your experience! The story of your Job Corps journey will inspire and motivate other Job Corps students. Please fill out the Submit Your Story form and we will be in touch with next steps.

Is there a way for me to connect with other Job Corps graduates? 

Absolutely. One of the best parts of Job Corps is the community. Connect with other alumni through our official Facebook group, Job Corps Alumni Connect.

How can I find out about alumni events? 

The best way to stay up to date on alumni events is to reach out to your Job Corps campus or a campus near you to see what’s happening in your area. Find the closest campus to you.

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