The U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program began a new free education and training program cycle July 1 and is accepting applications from eligible young people, ages 16 to 24 who are looking to learn a career, earn a high school diploma or equivalent credential and find and keep a good job.
Job Corps students can receive hands-on training in more than 100 career fields, such as construction, business and finance, health care and information technology. The program also provides eligible, low-income students with room and board, counseling and mentoring services, living allowances and basic medical care. Students also can participate in on-the-job training at real work sites through work-based learning opportunities.
“Job Corps provides a unique opportunity for young people to launch their careers,” said Grace Kilbane, the national director for the Office of Job Corps.
“Students attend academic and vocational classes, earn industry-recognized credentials, and learn critical life skills in preparation for a good job, continued education or military service,” Kilbane said. “In today’s competitive employment environment, Job Corps is more important than ever, and we urge eligible youth to enroll.”
The local Job Corps Centers in Puerto Rico are in Arecibo, Barranquitas and Aguadilla.