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I wanted a job to support myself but needed skills. Job Corps was great, especially because it's free.

Raja Arsian

Raja Arsian enrolled at Potomac Job Corps Center in Sept. 2013, only a year after immigrating to the United States. A native of Pakistan, Raja was working a series of customer service jobs, unhappy with his hours and unsatisfied with his career pa... Read More

ARRA – A Year in Review

As 2011 approaches, we'd like to take a look back at all we've accomplished this past year. The following list gives a glimpse into Job Corps' ARRA funds at work.

  • More than 100,000 Job Corps students across the U... Read More

Job Corps and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • $211 million has been allocated to more than 800 shovel-ready construction projects, including three new dorms at the St. Louis Job Corps Center, one new dorm at Jacobs Creek Job Corps Center, the construction of the new Ottumwa Job Corps ... Read More

Ottumwa Center Construction Update

The new Job Corps center in Ottumwa, Iowa, is one of the first Job Corps construction project funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and is an example of how Job Corps is using the funds to stimulate local economies and promote envir... Read More

Job Corps’ ARRA Funds

More than 100 jobs will be created in the Ottumwa, Iowa, community when Job Corps’ newest center opens in 2011. Hundreds more have been hired during the construction phase.

Randy Houk, a Grooms & Company Construction employee, had be... Read More

Job Corps ARRA-Funded Projects Stimulate Local Economies

Funding for a new dormitory construction project at Columbia Basin Job Corps Center, in Moses Lake, Wash., came at an opportune time for the center and local contractors. The $7.3 million project, expected to be complete in May, has helped save jo... Read More

My options were very limited without a degree. I learned about Job Corps and figured, 'What do I have to lose?'

Matthew Parker

Matthew Parker moved a number of times in his life, but the most important move was for Job Corps. Matthew spent most of his childhood in Sitka, Alaska, where he first developed an interest in computers. He was able to pursue this interest in high... Read More

New Ottumwa Job Corps Center

The construction of the new Job Corps center in Ottumwa, Iowa, has had a tremendous economic impact on the local community. The $24 million project is creating jobs for residents in two capacities – through the 135 jobs for the construction of the... Read More

A work ethic was instilled in me at Job Corps. It made me appreciate the experiences that came after.

Lydia Mata

Lydia Mata discovered Job Corps in 1995 while driving by a billboard in Fresno, Calif. The single, teenage mother had, as she puts it, “limited options for finding a job and no means of paying for school.” Knowing she had a responsibility to her s... Read More