Job Corps is a federally funded education and job-training program for at-risk youths between the ages of 16 and 24. The U.S Department of Labor contracts with non-profit organizations across the country to operate a network of 125 Job Corps centers, as of 2014.
According to the Department of Labor's 2014 statistics, Job Corps provides free education and job-training services to approximately 60,000 young people per year. Job Corps centers are located in every state except New Hampshire and Wyoming. The centers are administered by six regional offices located in Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Dallas and Philadelphia.
Admission into Job Corps depends upon an applicant meeting eligibility requirements, including a low-income criteria and legal U.S. residency. The program is typically targeted toward high-school dropouts, runaways, foster youth, young parents and homeless youth, but it is available to any young person in the age range, who meets the criteria and needs additional technical training, education, counseling or related assistance, to complete high school or find and keep a job.
Job Corps offers hands-on training in over 100 careers, including hospitality, construction, information technology, automotive repair and business services. Courses are offered in independent living and social skills to help prepare participants for the workforce. The ultimate goal of the program is to place participants in permanent jobs on desirable career paths.