The following thread from a newspaper article out of Red Bluff, CA about the Job Corps expresses both positive and negative views about the federally funded Job Corps program. Job Corps is free to qualified applicants(commonly kids from financially challenged families) and is a much BETTER option than a for profit school like ITT TECH that leaves you with a mountain of debt and NO JOB. Also if you get a good job at a young age due to your training at Job Corps, you will not have to borrow money at high interest rates from loan sharks and be in debt for much of your life.
The Job Corps is run by the Department of Labor and is for 16-24 year olds who are not necessarily college material and who may come from poverty. The Job Corps education is free of charge and primarily vocational in nature with the possibility of a High School Diploma or GED. Job Corp students get paid cash every two weeks with a sizable cash graduation bonus! Finally after a Job Corps grad finds employment, they will be awarded a bonus of over $1000 if they hang on to the job for 6 months. As a former employer of electronic technicians,
I would take a Job Corps graduate hands down over a graduate of one of those for profit schools like ITT Tech or AIU. UTI is probably the best for profit school. Mechanics who graduate from UTI command very competitive salaries.
Job Corps also helps its graduates out with respect to job opportunities and offers single parent students childcare help in some locations. Dental and health benefits are provided and the academic / vocational education is self-paced. The self-paced nature of the training for a trade is the answer to the question: “How long does it take to get trained for a trade?”. If you have a fire in your belly to learn a trade, get hired, and make some money, you can be finished with your Job Corps training in much less than a year!
To rear a child is tough enough even with some two income families. Job Corps is residential which means your child will live on the Job Corps campus and be fed and protected while learning a vocation and perhaps earning a High School Diploma.
This is not to say that all job corps are a walk in the park. Just like many other United States Schools, there have been multiple outbreaks of violence like this report of racial unrest at the Roswell, NM Job Corps.
This place sounds horrible! Any parent who would send their child to a place like this cannot care about their child. It sounds like a prison…but with less security. Why would you send your kid to a place you know is filled with bad and dangerous people? Geez! Why don’t you just drop them off in the worst ghetto in the country and let them fight their way out? Maybe if you would have set up a college fund for your kid like parents are supposed to do you wouldn’t have to leave them in a place full of thugs to be raped, stolen from and beaten!
Well, wattsup, Firstly, I am typing this very message from a Job Corps computer and I can tell you this much. The vast majority of people here complain about things that they should be grateful for. Secondly, My mother cares very much for me, but I sent myself here. There are many here that are like that. Most of us are adults that made the choice to be here.
Thirdly,[QUOTE who=wattsup] Maybe if you would have set up a college fund for your kid like parents are supposed to do you wouldn’t have to leave them in a place full of thugs to be raped, stolen from and beaten![/QUOTE]
Really now? My first comment on that is that not all parents came are from the middle class. I personally am far below the national poverty line. We couldn’t afford college. Most people here couldn’t. You cannot judge the parents, whose intentions are none but good–wanting to see improvement and change–for sending them to a dangerous place (or even not being able to afford college). Who’s to say that the danger and the new experiences are all a bad thing for the person immersed in them.
There are stupid people everywhere. You will not do your child any good if you cloister them away them from this. I haven’t once been stolen from, beaten, or raped. In fact, none of those things would happen if people stick with groups they trust and mind their own business, which I do.
I came here (to Job Corps) for two purposes, to get a trade and become independent. The comment that “Any parent who would send their child to a place like this cannot care about their child” was shallow, malinformed and naive. Remember, you’re talking about a place that gives people like me– who flunked out of college due to laziness, couldn’t find a job anywhere, and whose life was about to go down the toilet–a chance to become a cratsman (and a well-paid craftsman). I have no complaints for such a place.