CCC to Launch Job Corps Program for At-Risk Youth

Jun 10, 2020, 16:20 PM by CCC Staff

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College was recently awarded $1,186,848 from the U.S. Department of Labor to pilot a Job Corps Scholars Program. CCC was one of 20 grant recipients totaling nearly $24 million as part of the Job Corps Scholars Program, a new project aimed at providing at-risk youth with job skills instruction, educational opportunities and individualized employment counseling.

"As we look toward defeating the coronavirus and reopening our economy, the Job Corps Scholars Program provides an innovative way to prepare at-risk youth for participation in the job market," U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia said. "Combining job training, classroom education and employment counseling will give participating young adults an opportunity to excel."

At Clackamas Community College, the three-year grant will be used to enroll 80 Job Corps-eligible youth (ages 16-24) in a 12-month career technical training program. Job Corps is a program administered by the United States Department of Labor that offers free education and vocational training to young people. Along with the training, students will receive wraparound counseling services to support and facilitate their employment and career success.

Students will be enrolled in two cohorts of 40 each. They can earn career technical certificates while participating in on-campus activities including assessments, developing training and employment plans and engaging in supportive student life activities. Specific skills taught alongside program training include time management, navigating college resources, financial literacy, stress management, goal setting and how to research career opportunities.

The following high-wage, high-demand career training programs are the focus of this grant; however, students are not limited to only these programs:

  • Computer numerical control (CNC) operator technician
  • CNC machining
  • Certified nursing assistant
  • Renewable energy technician
  • Water and environmental technician
  • Welding
  • Wildland fire/fire science

The Job Corps Scholars program will be leveraged with the college's TechHire grant and Workforce Development Services program, which is the county's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act-funded adult and dislocated worker contractor.

"CCC already has an established relationship with the local Timber Lake Job Corps center, which means the program will benefit from experienced staff, proven workforce and employment programs with strong ties to local employers and college career training programs with the full range of college student support options," Shalee Hodgson, associate dean of technology, applied science and public services, said.

The Clackamas Community College Job Corps Scholars Program is expected to launch this summer. For questions regarding the program, contact Deby McDowell at or 503-594-3091. For more information about Clackamas Community College, visit

Lori Hall

Media contact

Lori Hall

Public Information Officer