GED/High School Diploma
One of our top goals at Ottumwa Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Ottumwa can enroll into our GED program. Students in the GED program our taught by Job Corps instructors. This program prepares students for the five-part GED test administered by Indian Hills Community College testing center.
Students may also enroll in our high school diploma program, which is a self-paced program at our center. This program is provided by the Ottumwa Community School District or an online high school diploma program. High school diplomas are awarded to students who meet the graduation requirements set by the local school district.
Our center offers college programs through an established linkage with Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) in Ottumwa, Iowa. To qualify for this program, a student must have a high school diploma or GED (from our center or another educational facility). Students will live on our campus, and all expenses are covered including tuition, lab fees, and books. Students are required to apply for federal aid when considering the college program.
All students must complete the college application and recommendation process for their career training program as well as other center requirements. All college students must maintain satisfactory attendance and progress requirements.
Approved IHCC career training programs include:
•Engineering and Science Technician
•Electronics and Science Technician
•Electronics Technician (E-Tech)
•Clinical Lab Assistant
•Emergency Medical Technician
•Medical Office Support (HIT)
•Occupational Therapy Assistant
•Physical Therapy Assistant
•Computer and Information Technician (CSD)
•Computer Technician A+ Essentials (CSN)
Renewable Resources and Energy
•Advanced Solar Photovoltaics (PV) and Thermal System Installer
•Automotive Collision Technology
•Diesel Power Systems
•Heavy Truck Driving
English Language Learning Program
Students needing to learn English can enter our English Language Learning (ELL) program. Students in the ELL program are tested regularly to determine their language proficiency levels. A computer software program is used to ensure success in this program.
Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in health, math, reading, science, social studies, and writing by instructors or by fellow students (Peer Student Tutors). Students interested in getting into a tutoring program may contact their instructors or the Academic Manager.
Driver's Education is available to all students needing driver's licenses. This training combines behind-the-wheel driving and class time. Permits and licensing fees for students are paid for by the center. Arrangements for students to take the written and road tests are also handled by the center.