Job Corps Law and Legal Definition

The Job Corps is a free education and vocational training program in the U.S. This program is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). It helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. The Job Corps is authorized by Title I-C of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Besides vocational training, the Job Corps program also offers academic training, including basic reading and maths, GED attainment, college preparatory, and Limited English Proficiency courses. Job Corps' stated mission is to “to attract young teens, mainly form 16-19, to teach them vocational skills.” The Job Corps by providing cost free training, helps young people between 16 and 24 years of age improve their quality of life. The Job Corps training programs are in place since 1964. The Job Corps is funded by Congress.

Job Corps offers a wide range of programs that include: career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, residential housing, food service, driver's education, basic health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance and clothing allowance. Some centers offer childcare programs for single parents.

To enroll in Job Corps, students must meet the following criteria:

Must be between 16 and 24 years of age.

Must be a legal resident or citizen of the U.S.

Must meet income requirements.

Must be ready, willing, and able to participate fully in an educational environment.

Must be eligible to receive TANF assistance if the student is under the age of 18 and has a child. If not, the student must find a way to get assistance for the solo parent program.