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My options were very limited without a degree. I learned about Job Corps and figured, 'What do I have to lose?'

Matthew Parker

Matthew Parker moved a number of times in his life, but the most important move was for Job Corps. Matthew spent most of his childhood in Sitka, Alaska, where he first developed an interest in computers. He was able to pursue this interest in high... Read More

Douglas Branch

Douglas Branch, 24, is a soon-to-be Job Corps graduate from McKinney, Texas. Branch has been at Gary Job Corps Center since July 2009 and will graduate from the HVAC career technical training area this month. He plans to continue his education at ... Read More

In Job Corps, you can accomplish anything you want, if you’re willing to work. Strive hard for your goals.

Dago Pates

Officer Dago Pates is in line to become one of Kyle, Texas’ next police detectives. But had it not been for Job Corps, he may still be digging ditches for the county. The 2006 graduate of Gary Job Corps Center is currently the Juvenile and Sex Off... Read More

Job Corps' Green Gadgets

To some, heavy equipment or a driving simulator might appear to be just another everyday training tool. However, these machines impact students and center life by saving energy and money, while keeping students' safety a priority.

For ex... Read More

Earth Day Every Day Awards Round 2

Congratulations to the second round of Earth Day Every Day Demand-side Management Award winners. Two winners from each Region were chosen for their green efforts in the following areas: energy conservation; water conservation; installation of ener... Read More

Mark Cabrera

Mark Cabrera of Houston, Texas, entered Gary Job Corps in March 2010 and graduated March 2011. Mark relocated to San Marcos, Texas, after acquiring employment as a machinist earning $13.26 an hour and his own apartment. He is proud of reaching his... Read More

I’m doing what I want to do, and I love being an executive chef. My goal is to one day run multiple restaurants.

Charles Armstrong

Charles Armstrong is the executive chef at Catch 54, a high-quality seafood restaurant considered one of the best waterfront restaurants in Delaware. Getting the job was no accident for Charles. His years of hard work and training gave him the opp... Read More

Yodit Tesfamichael

Yodit Tesfamichael is a political refugee from Eritrea. Yodit arrived in the United States in 2010 not speaking English. While at Gary Job Corps, she learned English and attained a high school diploma and a Certified Nursing Assistant License. Upo... Read More

I wanted a job to support myself but needed skills. Job Corps was great, especially because it's free.

Raja Arsian

Raja Arsian enrolled at Potomac Job Corps Center in Sept. 2013, only a year after immigrating to the United States. A native of Pakistan, Raja was working a series of customer service jobs, unhappy with his hours and unsatisfied with his career pa... Read More

New Training Programs Offer Job Corps Students a Bright Future

In 2010, Job Corps added new advanced training programs to take advantage of growing green technology industries. Four of these programs, Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Thermal System Installer, Smart Meter Technician, Overhead Line Construction, and... Read More

A work ethic was instilled in me at Job Corps. It made me appreciate the experiences that came after.

Lydia Mata

Lydia Mata discovered Job Corps in 1995 while driving by a billboard in Fresno, Calif. The single, teenage mother had, as she puts it, “limited options for finding a job and no means of paying for school.” Knowing she had a responsibility to her s... Read More

Earth Day IS Every Day

Job Corps centers across the country celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a week of events centered around conservation and sustainability. Students cleaned up parks, conducted energy audits, and even dressed up as Earth-friendly masc... Read More

Sioneesha Fuller

Sioneesha Fuller graduated from Gary Job Corps after completing the Security and Protective Services trade. She acquired a position as a security officer earning $11.00 an hour. She also achieved her goals of purchasing her own vehicle and getting... Read More

Tomas Acosta

Tomas Acosta enrolled in Gary Job Corps in June 2010. Within five months, Tomas earned his GED, a Texas Driver's License, a and Nursing Assistant Certification. Tomas began attending Texas State Technical College in the fall of 2011. He is current... Read More