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Explore the perks that Ottumwa Job Corps Center has to offer.

Job Corps is the nation's largest FREE residential education and job training program for young adults ages 16-24

A Day in the Life at Job Corps
A Day in the Life at Ottumwa Job Corps Center

A typical day at Job Corps is full of activities to help our students prepare for the real world. Students get up early and spend the majority of their day receiving academic and hands-on career technical training.

After class, students study or hang out with friends before dinner in the cafeteria. After dinner, students may do chores in their dorms, study, attend high school classes or tutoring, or participate in clubs and team sports. Most students are in bed by 10:00 PM in order to rest for the next day's tasks.

FACILITIES

Ottumwa Job Corps Center is located on 27 acres in rural Ottumwa, Iowa. The campus is in an industrial area, just a short drive from Ottumwa Regional Airport. All students live at the center.


Dorms

Cafeteria

Center Store

Wellness Center

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

We want you to have a fun time! Feel free to suggest additional activities to our rec staff.


Aerobics

Air hockey

Arts and crafts

Basketball

Bowling

Dodgeball

Flag football

Foosball

Games

Kickball

Movies

Music

Outings

Ping pong

Pool/billiards

Reading

Shopping

Sporting events

Volleyball

Weightlifting
At Ottumwa Job Corps Center, students find our recreational activities to be a fun and exciting way to socialize or relax at the end of the day. We value our student's feedback and conduct regular surveys to improve our recreational programs.

STUDENT PROGRAMS & ORGANIZATIONS

We want your time with Job Corps to be enjoyable. Join an organization and make new friends!

Student Government Association

COMMUNITY SERVICE

• City of Oneonta • Habitat for Humanity • Opportunities for Otsego • Otsego Chamber of Commerce • Riverside Elementary
JOB CORPS BENEFITS
Job Corps provides, at no cost to you, any materials and supplies (i.e., books, workbooks, testing materials, specialized and safety equipment) you'll need to complete your academic and career training programs.
For students with dependent children, you may authorize $5, $10, or $15 to be deducted from your living allowance for childcare. Whichever amount you choose, Job Corps' contribution matches five times your contribution. For example, when you contribute $5, the center contributes $25 for a total allotment of $30. A check for the total allotment will be sent to your child's caregiver.
Centers issue, at not cost to you, the uniforms, specialized and safety equipment, and clothing necessary to participate in your career technical training program. After you have been in Job Corps for 30 to 90 days, you will be eligible to receive a clothing allowance of $100 to purchase additional personal clothing items. After that, students within 90 days of graduation from Job Corps can receive an additional $125, and students who enroll in Advanced Training are eligible for an additional $100.
Nutritious and well-balanced meals are prepared daily in the center's cafeteria at no cost to you. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an evening snack are served Monday through Friday. Brunch and dinner are served on weekends and holidays.
Our wellness center is open daily for basic medical, dental, optometrist, and mental health services which are provided for FREE to you. Our staff of professionals provides basic health care services on a walk-in basis before class and during lunch hours. Appointments with the physician, nurse practitioner, dentist, or mental health consultant are scheduled by the nurse. Upon arrival to our center, you will receive a physical examination which includes HIV and drug testing, immunization updates, and a dental examination. The wellness center also provides 24-hour emergency medical services. Weight management, smoking cessation, pregnancy prevention, and other health-related programs. Information and support groups are provided to students with a history of drug and/or alcohol issues. Outside resources are also available to help you maintain a clean and sober lifestyle while at Job Corps, as well as to assist you in making good lifestyle choices in the home and workplace.
Job Corps pays you a living allowance in cash twice a month. New and readmitted students receive arrival pay in the amount of a $25. After that, the amount of your base pay depends on the number of days you are eligible for payment. For days 1-182, you receive $25 every two weeks. After 183 days, pay is increased to $35. Just like a real job, taxes are deducted, and you'll receive a W-2 at the end of each year.
Students who live off campus are provided free transportation to and from our center.
Campus Safety
Campus safety

Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe and secure environment. That's why we have a Zero Tolerance Policy for violence and drugs. Any student who breaks this policy will be dismissed immediately from Job Corps.

EXPLORE YOUR JOURNEY AT Ottumwa Job Corps Center

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAM BY DIVING INTO THE PILLARS OF SUCCESS

LIVE

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LEARN

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Find your Purpose

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