Colleges, Job Corps Get Students Into The Workforce

Career College Central summary:

  • Partnerships between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program and community colleges are helping economically disadvantaged young people to change the course of their lives. For example, in Ottumwa, Iowa, there’s a population in need that can’t be fully served by the community college. At the same time, area manufacturers and employers need a trained workforce. That’s where Job Corps comes in.
  • Job Corps offers free career training for low-income people age 16–24. Students live on the Job Corps campus while they work toward their high school diploma or equivalency and gain technical training. Participants also receive stipends so they can focus on their training. Job Corps provides academic and social support, and teaches life skills.
  • IHCC, seeing the need for these services in its region, asked Congress to open a Job Corps Training Center near its campus. The center opened in 2011 on the Indian Hills North Campus with the goal of training about 450 people annually.
  • The academic training, which includes the high school diploma program, takes place at the Job Corps Center. Most of the career training happens through IHCC. There are 22 Job Corps-approved programs—such as advanced manufacturing, health care, construction and transportation—that IHCC provides to Job Corps students who have received their high school diploma or GED.

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