Career prep students meet with faculty

About Us Who we are & what we do

From 1964 to today, job corps
helps young people succeed

from 1964 to today, job corps

helps young people succeed

Job Corps Mission
Job Corps Mission

Gary Job Corps Center

(512) 396-6652 phone
(512) 396-6666 fax

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. The Job Corps program is authorized by Title I-C of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (supersedes WIA 1998). For more information about the Job Corps program at a national level, please visit our Official Public Web Site.

Dallas Regional Office

(972) 850-4100 phone
(972) 850-4101 fax

At Gary Job Corps Center, we support the Job Corps program's mission of teaching eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and placing them in meaningful jobs or further education.

To help achieve this, Gary Job Corps Center is overseen by the Dallas Regional Office of Job Corps and is operated by Management Training Corporation. Our Center Director is Lonnie Hall.

President Lyndon Johnson speaking with Gary Job Corps student
Our Center's History
Gary Job Corps, located in San Marcos, Texas, first opened on March 4, 1965. On November 20, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson made an announcement to his alma mater, Southwest Texas State University (present-day Texas State University), telling his audience: “I would like to establish a Job Corps camp to train between 1,000 and 2,000 young men in the skills which will make it possible for them to contribute to the prosperity of the community, and to ultimately become leaders of their fellow men.” With Johnson’s announcement, the former Gary Army Air Field, which had been deactivated a few years previously, transitioned from air base to a career technical training facility. Barracks and buildings were converted to dormitories, classrooms, career technical training shops, and offices. By March 1965, Gary Job Corps was ready to receive its first students — all male. Today, Gary Job Corps is the largest Job Corps center in the United States. It is situated on 775 acres and is the home for up to 1660 male and female students.

The jury is no longer "out" on the Job Corps. The verdict has been rendered, and the verdict is "well done" -- "well done" U.S. Congress, "well done" U.S. industry, U.S. labor, U.S. philanthropy, U.S. taxpayers, U.S. workers!

Job Corps Founder
Center Director

Director bio coming soon.