Frequently Asked Questions

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of training is available at Gary Job Corps?

Gary Job Corps offers hands-on career technical training as well as academic training. We can also help you get a GED or high school diploma. For more information, please see our Career Training and Academics pages.

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What else does Gary Job Corps have to offer?

Job Corps offers career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, residential housing, food service, driver's education, health and dental care, nutritional classes, a bi-weekly basic living allowance and clothing allowance.

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Does it cost anything?

Job Corps has no cost to its students or their families.

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What are the rules at Gary Job Corps?

Like any place, Gary Job Corps has rules and regulations to follow. These rules are in place to help keep you safe, to help simulate the workforce environment, and to help eliminate distractions so you can succeed in academics and training. To provide the safest possible learning environment, Job Corps has a Zero Tolerance Policy against violence and drugs. Any student who violates this policy will be removed from the Job Corps program.

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Do I get paid while I am at Gary Job Corps?

Throughout your training, you will receive a basic living allowance. As your training progresses, your living allowance will increase. Job Corps can also help you get started after you graduate with a transition allowance. This allowance is based on your academic and career skills achievement while in Job Corps.

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Do I have to live at the center?

Most students live on campus at Gary Job Corps, but we do serve nonresidential students as well. Please check with your admissions counselor for details.

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Can I bring my child with me to Gary Job Corps?

Gary Job Corps does not offer childcare on center. Your admissions counselor will explain what options are available.

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What do I have to wear?

While you are responsible for providing your own everyday clothes, there are rules about personal appearance. Generally, articles of clothing with offensive wording, large amounts of jewelry or any items that promote drugs, alcohol, tobacco or violence are not permitted.

We do require students to wear provided uniforms during the training day for most career and technical trades.

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Can I take personal belongings to Gary Job Corps?

Students should not bring expensive video and audio equipment, computers, and similar items. Students are expected to bring personal care and grooming items. Your admissions counselor can help you determine what items are appropriate to bring on center.

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When can I go home to visit?

Job Corps will provide your transportation to and from home for your initial trip to the center, during the winter and summer breaks, and returning to your home when you leave the program. Any other trips home must be arranged and paid for by the student. The center will provide transportation to certain cities at a reduced rate.

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Can my family visit me on center?

Yes. Your parents or guardians are invited to visit you at the center. Please have them contact the center in advance of their visit.

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How long do I have to stay at Job Corps?

Job Corps is a self-paced program. That means you learn at your own pace. Depending on the career area you choose and the learning pace you set for yourself, training can take from eight months to two years to complete. We recommend that you remain on center for at least one year to gain the knowledge and social skills needed for your new career.

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What happens after I graduate from Gary Job Corps?

Even before graduation, our staff will assist you in conducting a job search. They can also help direct you to social services such as health care, housing, legal assistance and child care. For six months after you graduate, a Job Corps career transition specialist will keep in touch with you to make sure things are going well in your new career.

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Can Gary Job Corps help me get into college after I graduate from the program?

We have cooperative agreements with community colleges or related institutions to teach career area courses or to have individual students take courses to gain college credit. We can work with students to help them transfer into college programs when appropriate.

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What if I don't like it? Can I leave Job Corps?

Yes. No one will force you to stay if you're not happy at the center, but you must be committed to the program to benefit from it. All we ask is that you try your best to succeed. We promise you this: It will be difficult sometimes and we will challenge you. But if you don't quit on us, we won't quit on you.

If you do decide to leave, inform your counselor and he/she will complete separation forms and submit to student records to arrange for you to exit the center.

Last year, 90 percent of Job Corps graduates found work, enrolled in higher education programs, or enlisted in the military.

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How do I enroll in Job Corps?

You can enroll in Job Corps by calling (800) 733-JOBS.

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Page last updated: Monday, January 07, 2013