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

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A Day in the Life at Job Corps

A typical day at Blue Ridge Job Corps Center is full of activities to help our students prepare for the real world. Students get up early and spend the majority of their day receiving academic and hands-on career technical training.

After class, students study or hang out with friends before dinner in the cafeteria. After dinner, students may do chores in their dorms, study, attend high school classes or tutoring, or participate in clubs and team sports. Most students are in bed by 10:00 PM in order to rest for the next day's tasks.

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A Day in the Life at Job Corps

A typical day at Blue Ridge Job Corps Center is full of activities to help our students prepare for the real world. Students get up early and spend the majority of their day receiving academic and hands-on career technical training.

After class, students study or hang out with friends before dinner in the cafeteria. After dinner, students may do chores in their dorms, study, attend high school classes or tutoring, or participate in clubs and team sports. Most students are in bed by 10:00 PM in order to rest for the next day's tasks.

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Job Corps Benefits

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 160 female students in four dorms. Residential students live with up to three roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • computer labs
  • vending machines
  • community bathrooms for each wing

Independent living advisers are on-site to help make dorm life safe, clean, and productive for students. We also serve non-residential students.

Job Corps provides, at no cost to you, any materials and supplies (i.e., books, workbooks, testing materials, specialized and safety equipment) you'll need to complete your academic and career training programs.

For students with dependent children, you may authorize $5, $10, or $15 to be deducted from your living allowance for childcare. Whichever amount you choose, Job Corps' contribution matches five times your contribution. For example, when you contribute $5, the center contributes $25 for a total allotment of $30. A check for the total allotment will be sent to your child's caregiver.

Centers issue, at no cost to you, the uniforms, specialized and safety equipment, and clothing necessary to participate in your career training program. After you have been in Job Corps for 30 to 90 days, you will be eligible to receive a clothing allowance of $100 to purchase additional personal clothing items. After that, students within 90 days of graduation from Job Corps can receive an additional $125, and students who enroll in Advanced Training are eligible for an additional $100.

Nutritious and well-balanced meals are prepared daily in the center's cafeteria at no cost to you. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an evening snack are served Monday through Friday. Brunch and dinner are served on weekends and holidays.

Our wellness center provides basic medical, dental, optometry, and mental health services which are provided free to you.

Job Corps pays you a living allowance in cash twice a month. New and readmitted students receive arrival pay in the amount of a $25.

After that, the amount of your base pay depends on the number of days you are eligible for payment. For days 1-182, you receive $25 every two weeks. After 183 days, pay is increased to $35.

Just like a real job, taxes are deducted, and you'll receive a W-2 at the end of each year.

Students who live off campus are provided free transportation to and from our center.

Facilities


Dorms


Cafeteria


Center Store


Wellness Center

Blue Ridge Job Corps Center is a female-only center located on seven acres in Marion, Virginia, just a short drive from historic downtown. The center has several facilities geared towards helping hard-working students relax between their studies.

Recreational Activities

We want you to have a fun time! Feel free to suggest additional activities to our rec staff.


Arts and crafts


Baseball


Basketball


Dances


Fashion shows


Foosball


Games


Movies


Music


Outings


Ping pong


Pool/ Billiards


Reading


Shopping


Softball


Talent shows


Volleyball

At Awesome Job Corps Center, students find our recreational activities to be a fun and exciting way to socialize or relax at the end of the day. We value our student's feedback and conduct regular surveys to improve our recreational programs.

Student Programs & Organizations

We want your time with Job Corps to be enjoyable. Join an organization and make new friends!

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of our students and is very involved in the operation of the center. The SGA meets weekly to discuss various projects and to address new items of business.

The SGA is responsible for operating the Student Store. Several nights during the week, the SGA distributes free snacks, such as hot dogs, hot pockets, pretzels, chips, or cookies, through the Student Store.

The SGA also participates in various community service activities by working with local civic organizations and businesses. These activities allow our students to give back to the local community.

The SGA offers several leadership opportunities for our students. These are two Leadership Conferences at Harrisonburg, Virginia and the Annual ResCare United Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. At these conferences, our center's SGA members can meet with other SGA members from Job Corps centers from all across the nation.

The Executive Board of the SGA consists of students elected to the offices of the President, Vice President, Chief Justice, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant of Arms, Reporter, and various Representative positions. Elections are held every six months giving all eligible students the opportunity to participate in the SGA.

A good book not only gets you caught up in its story but takes you to places you have never been and introduces you to characters with backgrounds and views that are different from your own. By experiencing these new places, events, and characters, the reader's perspectives expand, their understanding of the world grows, and they become wiser and better people as a result.

Reading is an important life skill, but it's also simply fun, even more so if your friends are reading the same book. In this spirit, our Book Club brings students from different backgrounds together to discuss deeper topics and grow their friendships through a similar interest: reading.

Whether you’re a veteran yarn spinner at or are just getting hooked on crochet, our Crochet Club has something for you. Meeting up with fellow crocheters is a great way to learn and share techniques, craft a new article of clothing or blanket, and simply have fun with new friends.

Students who join the center’s Drama Club will be introduced to the different aspects of the theater and performance including acting, directing, improv, writing, play production, stage work, and much more. The club will emphasize creative thinking skills and teamwork and will provide students with enriched learning experiences in the performing arts. Along the way, members will develop poise, social skills, and confidence.

All skill levels are welcome, from seasoned veterans of the theater to curious beginners.

In the past, we have worked under the idea that exercise happens in recreation, nutrition happens in the cafeteria, and health education happens in wellness. It’s time to change that way of thinking. Health happens everywhere—in dorms, in the classroom, even on field trips.

The HEALS Committee is made up of students who are dedicated to promoting this idea and to building a culture at the center that embraces wellness, healthy eating, and physical activity in everything we do. This means teaching fellow students new and easy ways to integrate healthy living throughout the day and making healthy eating and exercise a fun part of center culture.

Rotaract clubs bring neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers together to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.

Rotaract members work side by side to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.

The Runner’s Club is committed to encouraging running, walking, wheelchair racing, and related activities to educate students and the public to their benefits. Members come from all skill levels, and we put a special emphasis on runners and their safety. Above all, this club is about making running fun and motivating members to push through their goals and set new ones.

Stepping is a form of percussive dance that draws upon elements of gymnastics, break dance, tap dance, march, and African and Caribbean dance. The dancer’s entire body is used to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. The style’s history goes back to military close-order and exhibition drills as well as African foot dances and was popularized by African-American fraternities and sororities during the 20th century.

The Step Team at Job Corps is a fun way to exercise, compete, and have fun with other students at the center, and members of the team put on demonstrations and performances at venues both on and off center. Students from all backgrounds and skill levels are invited to join.

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Campus Safety

Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe and secure environment. That's why we have a Zero Tolerance Policy for violence and drugs. Any student who breaks this policy will be dismissed immediately from Job Corps.

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Campus Safety

Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe and secure environment. That's why we have a Zero Tolerance Policy for violence and drugs. Any student who breaks this policy will be dismissed immediately from Job Corps.

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