Empower the youth the Job Corps way!


As I See It

By Elpidio R Estioko

Education for young adults has been a problem lately. With the high cost of living and the drop-out rates in regular high schools, many young adults 16 to 24 years old, are having problems in continuing their vocational and academic trainings. They worry about where to complete their high school and their GED/HISET, and how to earn their trades and acquire work skills to prepare them for better lives.

Well, many may not know that other than the regular high schools, there is a way the youths can improve the quality and satisfaction of their lives through vocational and academic training – the Job Corps way! Job Corps is a program administered by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) that offers free-of-charge education and career technical training to young men and women ages 16 to 24.

San Jose Job Corps (SJJC) is one of 125 centers all over the country that offers opportunities for young people to earn their high school and acquire trade skills. It is a no-cost education and vocational training program under the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16-24 improve the quality of their lives by empowering them to get great jobs and become independent.

San Jose Job Corps has available slots for young men and women who want to continue their education and acquire their career technical training free-of-charge. I was informed by Workforce Director Mary Eros that the Office of Admissions (OA) of San Jose Job Corps is now recruiting young adults to fill the vacant slots available in the 11-acre campus at East Hills Drive in San Jose. These are opportunities young adults can grab right now to be able to maximize their academic and vocational opportunities at this time of the year.

Kim Son, Outreach Coordinator said, “A person is eligible for Job Corps if he or she is a legal U.S. resident; lawfully admitted permanent resident alien, refugee, or other immigrant who has been authorized to work in the United States; or resident of a U.S. territory”.

Also, he or she needs to meet the low-income criteria and if the person is in need of additional technical training, education, counseling, or related assistance to complete schoolwork or to find and keep a job. These are additional requirements they need to possess.

If a minor, Son explained, the person has to sign a letter of consent from a parent or guardian; and if he or she is a parent of a dependent child and has a need for child care.

The career of a student from Job Corps has four phases of career development after having qualified for eligibility. The first stage of the program is the Outreach and Admissions (OA). This is the stage at which students visit admissions counselors and gather information, as well as prepare for and leave for their Job Corps Centers. Transportation is provided to and from the centers by Job Corps.

Then comes the Career Preparation Period (CPP). This stage focuses on the assimilation of the students into the center, academic testing, health screening, and instruction on resume building and job search skills. Students are instructed on computer literacy, employability, and center life. This phase lasts for the first 30 days on center.

The third stage is the Career Development Period (CDP) phase. This period is where the student receives all career technical training, drivers’ education, academic instruction, and preparation for life outside of Job Corps, i.e. a repeat of CPP with an actual job search.

Finally, they have to undergo the Career Transition phase. During this period Career Transition staff at the center will assist them in obtaining employment in their career path and continue to support to ensure they retain employment for at least a year after separation from the program.

While Career Technical Training programs are offered by Job Corps, the center continually adjusts program offerings in response to labor market demand. San Jose Job Corps offers training in Manufacturing, Automotive and Machine Repair, Facilities Maintenance, Constructions, Health Care and allied professions, Culinary Arts, Material Handling, Advanced training in Transportation and Communications (TCU), and Security, among others.

For the young adults, the Job Corps program is waiting for you! More specifically, San Jose Job Corps is waiting for you!

(For feedback and other comments, please send them to the author’s email address: estiokoelpidio@gmail.com).