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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 San Jose 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 San Jose 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 172 male students in four dorms and 183 female students in three dorms. Residential students live with up to three roommates and enjoy the following amenities: laundry facilities TV lounges computer labs microwaves vending machines bathrooms and showers We also serve nonresidential 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 technical 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.

A daily lunch allowance is provided for all students present during the training day.

Our wellness center is open daily for basic medical, dental, optometrist, and mental health services which are provided for FREE to you. Our staff of professionals provides basic health care services on a walk-in basis before class and during lunch hours. Appointments with the physician, nurse practitioner, dentist, or mental health consultant are scheduled by the nurse. Upon arrival to our center, you will receive a physical examination which includes HIV and drug testing, immunization updates, and a dental examination. The wellness center also provides 24-hour emergency medical services. Weight management, smoking cessation, pregnancy prevention, and other health-related programs. Information and support groups are provided to students with a history of drug and/or alcohol issues. Outside resources are also available to help you maintain a clean and sober lifestyle while at Job Corps, as well as to assist you in making good lifestyle choices in the home and workplace.

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.

Children of eligible non-residential students may receive free developmental day care at our on-campus Child Development Center. Child care is provided by a partnership between our center and Head Start. This partnership also eases our graduates' transition into the workforce. Graduates can retain Head Start childcare for up to two years after completing the Job Corps program.

Facilities

San Jose Job Corps Center is located on a 10-acre campus in the eastern foothills of San Jose, California. The campus is highly rated for safety and environmental impact.


Dorms


Cafeteria


Wellness Center


Library

Recreational Activities

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


Aerobics


Baseball


Basketball


Bowling


Dances


Flag football


Handball


Miniature golf


Picnics


Pool/ Billiards


Skating


Soccer


Video games


Volleyball


Weightlifting

At San Jose 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!

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of our students and plays a key role in the operation of the center. We encourage all of our students to join the SGA.

The SGA Council is composed of Executive Board officers, Vocational Representatives, and Area Student Leaders. The Executive Board members are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Community Coordinator. Vocational Representatives are student leaders representing each career training program on center. The Area Student Leaders are mentors, recreational aides, residential advisors, safety marshals, and student tour guides.

In their weekly meetings, SGA representatives make recommendations to the Center Director about rules affecting students including enforcement of rules. The Center Director also consults with the SGA before introducing new rules for students.

SGA members also have the responsibility to:

  • Be a positive role model to the other students.
  • Assist in the decision-making process with the Center Director and Senior Management Team relating to policies affecting student life on and off campus.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Practice self-government and have input on center policies.
  • Learn and practice positive leadership and socialization skills.
  • Assist with tours on center.
  • Work with all departments through the SGA Committees.
  • Host activities for the student body.
  • Work closely with the Business-Community Liaison to bridge the gap between the Job Corps program and the community.

After 30 days of enrollment at our center, you may apply for the Leadership Training Class. After you complete three weeks of leadership training, you can apply for SGA membership.

Poetry Club

Poets are artists who paint and sculpt with their words. They can use their language to convey ideas, emotions, and concepts in a way that reach a listener’s heart as well as their head.

At Poetry Club, we think everyone has a poet inside them with something to say, and we bring students together to discover their own unique voice. Along the way, members will pick up some important public speaking and literacy skills. Most importantly, the club is about having fun with other students and learning new ways to express and inspire with words.

Sewing Club

Whether you’re a veteran with a needle and thread at or are just getting started, our Sewing Club is sure to keep you in stitches. Meeting up with fellow sewing enthusiasts is a great way to learn and share techniques, craft a new article of clothing (or fix an old one up), and simply have fun with new friends.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Fostering positive relationships with the communities our centers are in is a key part of what Job Corps does. This can mean performing work in the neighborhood that aligns with a student's career pathway, such as building new playgrounds, patching up sidewalks, or cleaning up parks. At the San Jose Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:

  • American Red Cross
  • Global Youth Service Day
  • Milpitas Food Pantry
  • Neighborhood Cleanup Project
  • Relay for Life, American Cancer Society
  • San Jose’s Adopt-a-Park Mount Pleasant Park
  • San Jose’s Adopt-a-Street East Hills Drive
  • The Great American Litter Pickup
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Stop the Violence Project
  • Unity Day with the Sheriff’s Office
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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.

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