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Job Corps

Contact: Karl Kindberg, Acting Regional Director
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Job Corps
P.O. Box 193768
San Francisco, CA 94119-3768
Telephone: 415.625.2625
E-mail: kindberg.karl@dol.gov

Federal Website: www.jobcorps.gov

Local Link: www.jobcorps.gov/centerlocations.aspx?statename=WA

Participation: Approximately 1,160 participants were served by Job Corps centers in Washington between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

Who is Served: Eligible applicants must:

  • Be at least 16 and not yet 25 years of age at the time of enrollment.
  • Have signed consent from a parent or guardian if under 18 years of age.
  • Be a United States citizen or national, or a lawfully admitted permanent resident authorized by the Attorney General to work in the United States.
  • Be economically disadvantaged and in need of academic or career technical training.
  • Have no history of serious behavioral problems. Applicants on probation, parole, under a suspended sentence, or under the supervision of any court agency or institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Program Description: Job Corps is a comprehensive work-readiness program designed to give low-income youth a chance at a fresh start and a promising future. Young adults receive the educational, career technical and social skills training needed to compete in today’s challenging job market. Students are provided with room and board, medical care, recreational activities, leadership and volunteer opportunities, work experience, counseling, advanced training, and placement assistance. GED and English as a Second Language classes are also available.

Program History: Job Corps was originally established under the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity in 1964, and it has operated in Washington since 1965 with four campuses serving approximately 1,500 students per year. Now administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, the program provides academic, career technical, social, and employment skill training for young adults.

Planning Cycle: Annual.

Outcome Measures: Outcome measures include attainment of a GED or high school diploma, completion of a vocational program, number and quality of job placements, and long-term retention in the workforce after separation from the program.

Funding and Regional Division: There are no sub-state divisions. The program is administered by the Department of Labor Office (DOL) of Job Corps in San Francisco. Funding is allocated from DOL. For operation of the Cascades Job Corps Center (Sedro-Woolley), the Regional Office in San Francisco awards a competitive contract. DOL has an interagency agreement with the U.S. Forest Service for the operation of the Curlew Job Corps Center (Curlew) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for the operation of both the Fort Simcoe Job Corps Center (White Swan) and the Columbia Basin Job Corps Center (Moses Lake).

State Funding: None.

Federal Funding: $26,000,000 (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013). DOL awards program funds directly to Washington’s four Job Corps Centers as well as the Outreach & Admissions contractor.

Statutory Authority: Federal - Title I Chapter VI-C Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The program is administered through the San Francisco Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor, and no funds are allocated to state government or passed through state government.

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