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

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Academic Training Overview

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

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Academic Training Overview

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

Academic Programs

Job Corps provides a very structured environment that will prepare you for the workplace.

One of our top goals at Blue Ridge Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her high school equivalent, or high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who have yet to obtain a high school diploma upon their arrival at Blue Ridge Job Corps are enrolled in the Virginia GED program or online through our high school diploma program.

Blue Ridge Job Corps provides a comprehensive Limited English Proficiency (LEP) program for our students who are English language learners (ELLs). Classroom instruction, one-on-one tutoring, and computer lessons are all available to provide our ELL students with the opportunity to learn English in the way that best suits their needs. We focus on building their English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills while supporting their emotional and social transitional needs.

Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math, reading, 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.

The Advanced Career Training (ACT) program is a college program for eligible Job Corps students to achieve a higher level of career training. Students who have a high school diploma or GED (from our center or another educational facility) and have completed an on-center training credential may elect to continue their education at Virginia Highlands Community College or Smyth Career and Technical Center.

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

Career Success Standards (CSS)

Behavioral expectations in the areas of employability, social development, and independent living skills

1

Workplace Relationships and Ethics

Productively interact with co-workers and deal with problems and situations with honesty, integrity and responsibility.

2

Communications

Listen actively, follow directions and communicate with others to solve problems and accomplish tasks.

3

Personal Growth and Development

Personal skills, attributes and behaviors that foster confidence and drive for life-long growth.

4

Interpersonal Skills

Get along with others and adjust to a variety of social and professional situations.

5

Information Management

Interpret and evaluate data, organize and maintain information, and use technology to perform work.

6

Multicultural Awareness

Value diversity, while practicing cultural sensitivity, and the ability to work with people of different backgrounds and cultures.

7

Career and Personal Planning

A personal plan that outlines a step-by-step process for entering and advancing in a fulfilling career.

8

Independent Living

Find, manage and use resources to maintain employment, satisfy physical and emotional needs, and lead a productive and independent life.

9

Continuous Learning

Continually grow and assess personal strengths and areas for development, set learning goals, and identify and access learning opportunities.

10

Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Solve problems by seeking and evaluating different points of view and utilizing different resources to reach decisions.

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