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Job Corps Oregon | CCC Job Corps Scholars Program
For more than 50 years and counting, Job Corps has provided youth in the United States with free access to education and vocational training.
Job Corps in Oregon
Job Corps has a rich history in Oregon with six centers currently operating in the state. The program, founded in 1964 and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, has seen many positive changes over the years.
A recent change that has impacted Job Corps in Oregon came with the announcement of the Job Corps Scholars Program. The national pilot program provides $24 million dollars in grant money awarded to 20 higher education institutions. The program aims to equip at-risk youth with vocational education and skills — as well as personalized employment counseling.
Of the 20 institutions that were competitively selected, Clackamas Community College was awarded more than $1.1 million to carry out a pilot at its Oregon City campus.
Clackamas Community College's Job Corps Scholars Program
The program at Clackamas Community College will enroll 80 eligible youth, ages 16-24. The 12-month hands-on career technical training program will give them the skills and education they need to succeed in high-growth, in-demand industries.
The following programs are the main focus of the grant, but others are available as well:
- Computer numerical control (CNC) operator technician
- CNC machining technician
- Certified nursing assistant
- Renewable energy technician
- Water and environmental technician
- Wildland fire/fire science
"This is an incredible opportunity in our community that students need and deserve," Deby McDowell, workforce advisor for Job Corps Scholars, said. "Once a student meets the eligibility criteria for the grant, they will receive tuition-free training at Clackamas Community College, transportation assistance, employment counseling and job placement. This grant will transform lives, preparing youth for meaningful careers and successful futures."
Learn More About CCC's Job Corps Oregon Opportunity
Students will be enrolled in two cohorts of 40 each and benefit from additional education centered on time management, navigating college resources, financial literacy, stress management, goal setting and how to research career opportunities.
To see if you're eligible for the program — and contact a workforce advisor to get your questions answered — visit our Job Corps page below.