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The Job Corps Scholars program is a U.S. Department of Labor demonstration project that provides Job Corps-eligible youth age 16-24 the opportunity to enroll in a career technical training program to learn in-demand job skills at accredited public colleges. The project is expected to serve over 2,000 students during the 39-month period of performance.

Twenty-six public colleges and universities were selected to receive Job Corps Scholars grants to provide eligible students with career technical training and intensive counseling services to support and facilitate each student’s employment and career success. This is a free program for students and offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable education, as well as skills employers are seeking for today’s workforce.

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Funding Opportunity Announcement (closed January 8, 2020)

Press Release

"The Department of Labor is constantly searching for new and innovative ways to deliver our programs more effectively," said Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training John Pallasch. "The Scholars program will engage our community college, HBCU, and TCCU partners to provide more opportunities to young adults to access the training and instruction they need to be successful in today's job market."

Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (Sec. 156(a) (29 U.S.C. 3193 (a)) and Sec. 189(c) (29 U.S.C. 3249(c)), the Department expects grantees beginning in the fall semester of 2020 to provide the services throughout each student's participation in the 12-month career technical training component. Up to 12 months of employment counseling services will follow upon separation from the Job Corps Scholars Program.