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

 
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A Day in the Life at Job Corps

A typical day at Gary Job Corps Center 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.

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A Day in the Life at Job Corps

A typical day at Gary Job Corps Center 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.

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Job Corps Benefits

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 927 male students in 12 dorms and 544 female students in seven dorms. Five dorms are coed. Some dorm rooms accommodate four students, and others are "open-layout" with up to 20 students in an open area. Residential students enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV rooms
  • lounges
  • vending machines
  • libraries
  • study rooms with computers
  • bathrooms and showers

A residential living adviser is on-site to help students maintain a safe, clean, and productive living environment. We also serve non-residential students.

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 no cost to you, the uniforms, specialized and safety equipment, and clothing necessary to participate in your career 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 provides basic medical, dental, optometry, and mental health services which are provided free to you.

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.

Facilities


Dorms


Cafeteria


Center Store


Wellness Center


Activity/ Recreation Center


Gym/ Fitness Center


Library


Post Office


Student Bank


Student Thrift Shop

Gary Job Corps Center is the largest Job Corps center in the United States. We are located on an 800-acre campus in San Marcos, Texas, just a short drive from Austin and San Antonio.

Recreational Activities

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


Aerobics


Arts and crafts


Baseball


Basketball


Bowling


Boxing


Flag football


Games


Laser tag


Movies


Music


Outings


Pool/ Billiards


Racquetball


Reading


Running


Swimming


Tennis


Video games


Weightlifting

At Gary 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!

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of our students and plays a key role in the operation of the center. Members learn to be positive role models, develop leadership and socialization skills, practice self-government, and have input on center policies. We encourage all of our students to join the SGA.

Youth 2 Youth: Partners 4 Peace (Y2Y) is an initiative created and led by Job Corps students to promote peace in their communities. Students engage with peers and community members through activities and events aimed at curbing bullying and violence in local communities.

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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.

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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
Gary Job Corps Center

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