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Our Program How Job Corps Works

Providing students with
the guidance and support they need.

Job Corps Program Overview


Gainesville Job Corps Center is a great place for young people to complete an education, learn a marketable trade, make lifetime friends, and graduate with a good job in hand.

Through our Career Development Services System (CDSS), we provide our students with the skills you need to succeed in today’s workforce—at no cost to you or your family. If you are looking for a better quality of life and are willing to dedicate yourself to our life changing program, Gainesville Job Corps Center is the place for you!

Your Journey Through Job Corps

4 Easy Steps to Success | Career Development System (SCCS)


Outreach and
Admissions (OA)

Welcome to Job Corps! In this primary phase, you will learn…

  • What Job Corps is all about
  • How we can help you start a career
  • What learning and working on a Job Corps center will be like
  • What your responsibilities will be as a student
  • What career training is available at your assigned Job Corps center

Career Preparation
Period (CPP)

In your first 60 days on center, you will…

  • Create and commit to a Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP) with the help of Job Corps staff
  • Visit and learn about American Job Centers / One-Stop Centers
  • Learn and practice personal responsibility skills required at the workplace
  • Learn, demonstrate, and practice job search skills

Career Development
Period (CDP)

With the help of center staff and employers, you will…

  • Learn industry-related technical and academic skills
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills
  • Practice social and personal management skills

You will then…

  • Begin the job search process
  • Prepare for independent living

Career Transition
Period (CTP)

As a Job Corps graduate, you will…

  • Successfully get your first job
  • Find living accommodations, transportation, and family support resources needed to continue working (with the support of the center and other Job Corps service providers)
  • Continue to contact Job Corps service providers to seek their support, if needed
  • Respond to 13-week, 6-month, and 12-month survey requests

Job Corps Serves Low-Income Young Adults

To qualify for job corps, students must be…

16 to 24
years old

16 to 24-year-olds ready to work toward a successful future are welcome. The maximum age limit may be waived if the applicant is a person with a documented disability. For minors, a parent or guardian must sign a consent form.

In need of
job skills

The applicant faces one or more barriers to employment like needing additional career technical training, education, counseling, and/or assistance to complete regular schoolwork or to secure and maintain employment.


Applicants must meet one or more of these conditions: receives public assistance, earns poverty-level income, is homeless, is a foster child, or qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch. Your admissions counselor will help you determine your eligibility.

Able to Work
in the USA

The applicant is a legal resident of the U.S. or a U.S territory or a lawfully admitted permanent resident alien, refugee, asylee, parolee, or immigrant who has been authorized by the U.S. attorney general to work in the United States.

Additionally, students must have…

A child
care plan

The student has made suitable arrangements for the care of any dependent children for the proposed period of enrollment.

No court
dates or fines

The student does not require any face-to-face court or institutional supervision or court-imposed fines while enrolled.

No Behavior

The student does not exhibit behavioral problems that could keep you or others from experiencing Job Corps' full benefits.

No Illegal
Drug Use

The student does not use drugs illegally.

Because Job Corps is a voluntary program,
choose to enroll in the program and may exit at any time.

Explore your journey at Gainesville Job Corps Center

Learn more about our program by diving into the pillars of success.


Explore life at the center

Explore the Perks


Earn & further your education

Find your Purpose


Get hands on training

Master a Trade


Prepare for the working world

Grow your Career