Job Corps is the largest technical career training program in the United States. The program was established in 1964, and serves adolescents and young adults ages 16 to 24. The Department of Labor oversees the program that trains as many as 100,000 students yearly. The program provides training in over 100 careers at 124 centers. Students are normally assigned to centers close to their hometown. The centers are residential facilities although commuting is allowed in some cases.
Reasons and Consequences
Job Corps centers have rules and regulations to help them meet the educational and societal requirements of their students. Not following rules can result in loss of privileges or fines. Following the rules can result in the students gaining privileges or an increase in pay.
Alcohol is not permitted on center grounds. Students are to report to any appointments on time and show repect for others and property. Students are not allowed to bring weapons, alcohol or drugs onto the grounds of the campuses. Students must not participate in gambling, hazing or fighting at any time. Residents are not allowed to have a vehicle and nonresidents must abide by center policies regarding vehicles. Students are expected to follow center guidelines for appearance and cleanliness.
Students cannot go to the dorm during training hours without special permission. Curfews are enforced for residents and these curfews include what time the residents are to wake up and be out of the dorm. Students are not to leave their clothes when doing their laundry; they must remain in the laundry room until their laundry is finished. Students cannot rearrange their dorm rooms without permission and volumes on electronic devices are to be kept at a minimum. Smoking in not permitted any building. Students that have visitors must have them sign in and cannot bring them to their dorm rooms. Weekly dorm meetings and cleanups are mandatory. Animals -- other than assist animals -- are not permitted in the dorm. Packages and luggage must be inspected by a supervisor before they are brought into, or out of the dorm. Residents are not allowed to remove utensils, food or dishes from the kitchen or cafeteria.
The disciplinary system consists of a student personnel officer, student peer courts, a dorm and peer court and prevention meetings. The system of having an officer and courts allows students to have a voice in any disciplinary actions. Instructors oversee the students who serve as officers and on courts. Minor infractions of the rules, such as not going to class or missing curfew can result in loss of privileges, intermediate infractions, which usually occur when minor infractions are repeated can result in loss of privileges and fines and severe infractions such as drugs, assaulting another student and sexual harassment, can result in termination from the program and prosecution.