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Job Corps is the nation's largest FREE education and job training program for young adults.

 
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Work-based Learning

Our work-based learning (WBL) program provides students with opportunities to link their career technical training with practical, on-the-job activities. Students participating in WBL improve their work habits and attitudes, identification of goals and aptitudes, and the motivation to complete and further their education.

Work-based Learning

Our work-based learning (WBL) program provides students with opportunities to link their career technical training with practical, on-the-job activities. Students participating in WBL improve their work habits and attitudes, identification of goals and aptitudes, and the motivation to complete and further their education.

Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center
career vocational training

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Construction

Bricklayer

Average salary: $53,000 per year

Length of training: Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.

Job Corps’ Bricklayer Masonry program is a Trainee, Pre-Apprentice program offered through the International Masonry Institute (IMI).

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Construction

Carpentry

Average salary: $48,000 per year

Length of training: Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.

Job Corps offers a basic Carpentry program and a Carpentry, Pre-Apprentice program through United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA). All training programs are hands-on and are similar in curriculum and requirements.

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Construction

Painting

Average salary: $40,000 per year

Length of training: Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.

Painters prepare and paint interior and exterior surfaces on residential and commercial properties. Most painters learn their trade on the job or through an apprenticeship.

*Painting is a Pre-Apprenticeship program, which offers students the hands-on training and education needed to qualify for apprenticeships. 

 

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Healthcare

Certified Nurse Assistant

Average salary: $39,000 per year

Length of training: Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.

Home health aides are non-licensed members of the home care team that assist patients who wish to receive care in the comfort of their own home with daily living.

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Healthcare

Pharmacy Technician

Average salary: $33,000 per year

Length of training: Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.

Under the direction of a pharmacist, a pharmacy technician will measure, mix, count out, label, and prepare medications. They also often interact with patients and answer their questions.

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Homeland Security

Security and Protective Services

Average salary: $30,000 per year

Length of training: Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.

Guard, patrol, detect, deter, observe, report, protect, and monitor premises, to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.

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Information Technology

Computer Technician

Average salary: $52,000 per year

Length of training: Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.

Computer technicians install, maintain and repair computers and networks. They also set up computer security measures, configure computer networks, and offer technical support on-site or via phone or email.

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Transportation

Material Handling and Distribution Operations

Average salary: $31,000 per year

Length of training: Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.

Materials handlers oversee the process of taking materials from one location to another as well as extracting and loading the materials to be transported.

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Keep in mind that details will vary depending on your specific background, goals, and interests.
A Job Corps recruiter can help you get all the answers you need.

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