Examples of Job Corps training programs include registered apprenticeships for construction trades, health industry professions and office administration work. These programs are designed by the U.S. Department of Labor to offer free educational and vocational training to young adults who qualify as low income or are otherwise economically disadvantaged.
In addition to operating as a career development resource, Job Corps provides educational opportunities for youth to earn GED certificates or high school diplomas. Other academic services are offered to accommodate students of English as a Second Language who may have access to Job Corps partnerships with various local colleges. Young adults aged 16 through 24 can participate in courses focused on teaching social and employment skills in preparation for independent living.
Job Corps training centers feature campus environments located nationwide with programs structured into a number of stages within the Career Development Service System. The System's Outreach and Admission phase outlines program objectives and available vocational offerings. In the Career Preparation Period, students design personal career development plans to cultivate job search skills. The third phase is titled the Career Development Period and focuses on interpersonal communication and social management skills. A Career Transition Period concludes the program once students secure their first occupations and independent living situations.