Job Corps is a training and education program for young people that helps them earn high school diplomas or GEDs and find a job, according to JobCorps.gov. The program is free and provided through the U.S. Department of Labor. Participants must be 16 through 24 years of age to participate in Job Corps programs, which are funded by Congress.
Job Corps was initially launched in 1964 and has a mission of helping students to obtain the resources they need for academic and vocational training in a drug-free and safe environment, notes JobCorps.gov. Job Corps aims to help young people develop the skills they need to be independent and find jobs by placing them in jobs or helping them expand their educational potential.
Job Corps has a system in place that works in four phases. The first is outreach and admissions, which is followed by a career preparation period, career development period and career transition period.
Students who are interested in Job Corps can learn more about the program on the JobCorps website. On the site, students can request additional information about training and education programs through Job Corps, take an eligibility quiz to find out if they qualify for services and start their applications online.