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Job Corps is the nation's largest FREE education and job training program for young adults.

Academic Training Overview

Academic Training Overview

In addition to career training, Ottumwa Job Corps Center also provides academic training, including basic reading and math. Courses in independent living, employability skills, and career success skills are offered to help students transition into the workplace. We also have several academic programs to help our students achieve their full potential.

Academic Programs

Job Corps provides a very structured environment that will prepare you for the workplace.

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.

College Program

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: Advanced Manufacturing •Engineering and Science Technician •Machine Technology •Mechanical Engineer •Welding Technology Construction •Electrical (E-Tech) •Electronics and Science Technician •Electronics Technician (E-Tech) •Facilities Maintenance •Industrial Maintenance Health Care •Advanced Paramedic •Clinical Lab Assistant •Dental Assistant •Emergency Medical Technician •Medical Office Support (HIT) •Occupational Therapy Assistant •Phlebotomy •Physical Therapy Assistant •Practical Nursing •Radiologic Technologist •Therapeutic Massage Hospitality •Culinary Arts Information Technology •Computer and Information Technician (CSD) •Computer Networking/CISCO •Computer Technician A+ Essentials (CSN) Renewable Resources and Energy •Advanced Solar Photovoltaics (PV) and Thermal System Installer Transportation •Automotive Collision Technology •Automotive 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 Education

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.

Career Success Standards (CSS)

Behavioral expectations in the areas of employability, social development, and independent living skills


Workplace Relationships and Ethics

Productively interact with co-workers and deal with problems and situations with honesty, integrity and responsibility.



Listen actively, follow directions and communicate with others to solve problems and accomplish tasks.


Personal Growth and Development

Personal skills, attributes and behaviors that foster confidence and drive for life-long growth.


Interpersonal Skills

Get along with others and adjust to a variety of social and professional situations.


Information Management

Interpret and evaluate data, organize and maintain information, and use technology to perform work.


Multicultural Awareness

Value diversity, while practicing cultural sensitivity, and the ability to work with people of different backgrounds and cultures.


Career and Personal Planning

A personal plan that outlines a step-by-step process for entering and advancing in a fulfilling career.


Independent Living

Find, manage and use resources to maintain employment, satisfy physical and emotional needs, and lead a productive and independent life.


Continuous Learning

Continually grow and assess personal strengths and areas for development, set learning goals, and identify and access learning opportunities.


Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Solve problems by seeking and evaluating different points of view and utilizing different resources to reach decisions.

The way we prepare you for the workforce has changed during Job Corps' 50 years. The growth of new technology, its impact on your education and the workplace, and the surge in various high-growth industries continuously creates new opportunities to learn and grow. Job Corps is responding to this opportunity with the Career Success Standards, a set of ten behavioral expectations in the areas of employability, social development, and independent living skills.

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