Model Program

Job Corps

200 Constitution Ave.NW
Ste. N4463
Washington, DC 20210
http://www.jobcorps.dol.gov

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Contact Information:
Dr. Esther R. Johnson, Ed.D
National Director
nationaloffice@jobcorps.gov

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Recovery/Reentry

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School
Adult

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City
Tribal

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible youth at least 16 years of age, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

Program Descriptors Include:
Adult Education, Alternative Education, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Credit Recovery, Mentoring/Tutoring, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:
Unspecified

Starting Date: 1964
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Parenthood
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Competence

  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
Foundations
Organizations/Agencies

Counselors
Volunteers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Department of Labor Department of Agriculture Department of the Interior

Evaluation Information:

Job Corps consistently has one of the highest graduate placement rates among the nation's job training programs. In PY 2006, 82.7 percent of graduates were placed in continuing education programs or joined the workforce or military (73.6 percent joined the workforce or enlisted in the military, and 9.1 percent of Job Corps' graduates enrolled in continuing education programs). Additionally, more than 18,550 students obtained a high school diploma or GED certificate, while 51 percent of students completed career technical training.

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information:
http://www.jobcorps.gov/Libraries/pdf/py06report.sflb