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Earn your high school diploma and explore academic programs.

Job Corps is the nation's largest FREE residential education and job training program for young adults ages 16-24

Academic Training Overview
Academic Training Overview

In addition to career training, Joliet Job Corps Center also provides academic training, including basic reading and math. Courses in independent living, employability skills, and career success skills are offered in order to help students transition into the workplace. We also have several academic programs to help our students achieve their full potential.

Educational Programs

JOB CORPS IS A VERY STRUCTURED ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL PREPARE YOU FOR THE WORKPLACE.

Online High School Diploma Program

Students who have completed their eleventh grade of high school have the option of enrolling in our Online High School Diploma Program. Eligible students are required to have a certain number of credits from their high school which would transfer to their online coursework. Students who complete the Online Diploma Program are awarded an accredited diploma that is nationally recognized.

GED Program

Our GED program has two components: GED and Pre-GED. Based on initial testing, students are enrolled in either GED or Pre-GED classes. Both components are designed to prepare students for the official GED test given by monthly at a local testing center. We also provide the official GED Practice Test to our students as a prerequisite to the actual test.

English Language Learning Program

Students needing to learn English can enter our English Language Learning (ELL) program. Students in the ELL program are tested regularly to determine their language proficiency levels.

Tutoring

Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math, reading, social studies, and writing by instructors or by fellow students (Peer Student Tutors). Students interested in getting into a tutoring program may contact their instructors or the Academic Manager.

College Program

The College Program is an advanced training program we offer through a partnership with Joliet Junior College. To qualify for this program, a student must have a high school diploma or GED (from our center or another educational facility) and have successfully completed a vocational trade at Job Corps. Benefits of the College Program include: • academic advisement, mentoring, and tutoring • paid tuition, fees, books, and supplies • housing and recreation • meals provided by Job Corps, on-and-off center • transportation to and from college of choice

Driver Education

Driver's Education is available to all students needing their driver's license.

Career Success Standard

Ten Behavioral expectation in the areas of employment, social development, and independent living skills.

The way we prepare you for the workforce has changed during Job Corps’ 40 years. The growth of new technology, its impact on your education and the workplace, and the surge in various high-growth industries continuously creates new opportunities to learn and grow. Job Corps is responding to this opportunity with the Career Success Standards, a set of ten behavioral expectations in the areas of employability, social development, and independent living skills.

EXPLORE YOUR JOURNEY AT Joliet Job Corps Center

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAM BY DIVING INTO THE PILLARS OF SUCCESS

LIVE

Explore life at the center

Explore the Perks

LEARN

Earn & further your education

Find your Purpose

TRAIN

Get hands on training

Master a Trade

CONNECT

Prepare for the working world

Grow your Career