Frequently Asked Questions

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of training is available at Los Angeles Job Corps?

Los Angeles Job Corps offers hands-on career technical training as well as academic training. We can also help you get your high school equivalency (HSE) or high school diploma. For more information, please see our Career Training and Academic Education pages.

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What else does Los Angeles Job Corps have to offer?

Job Corps offers career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, residential housing, food service, driver's education, health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance and clothing allowance.

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Does it cost anything?

Job Corps has no cost to its students or their families.

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What are the rules at Los Angeles Job Corps?

Los Angeles Job Corps has rules and regulations to follow. Some of which includes attending class daily, keeping scheduled appointments, positive communication and following instructions. These rules are in place to help keep you safe, to help simulate the workforce environment, and to help eliminate distractions so you can succeed in academics and training. To provide the safest possible learning environment, Job Corps has a Zero Tolerance Policy against violence and drugs. Any student who violates this policy will be separated from the Job Corps program.

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Do I get paid while I am at Los Angeles Job Corps?

Throughout your training, you will receive a bi-weekly basic living allowance. As your training progresses, your living allowance will automatically increase. Job Corps can also help you get started after you graduate with a transition allowance. This allowance is based on your academic and career technical training achievement while in Job Corps.

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Do I have to live at the center?

You do not have to live on campus. The Los Angeles Job Corps Center serves residential and nonresidential students, however most of our student population live on campus. Please check with your admissions counselor for details.

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Can I bring my child with me to Los Angeles Job Corps?

No, Los Angeles Job Corps does not offer childcare on center. Your admissions counselor will explain what options are available.

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Who do I have to live with?

Los Angeles Job Corps offers separate male and female dormitory floors with one co-ed floor which has a separate wing for male/female. You will have one roommate in an adjoining suite much like a college dorm.

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What do I have to wear?

While you are responsible for providing your own everyday clothes, there are rules about personal appearance that are set by individual centers. Generally articles of clothing with offensive wording, large amounts of jewelry or any items that promote drugs, alcohol, tobacco or violence are not allowed.

We require students to wear uniforms during the training day. Your uniform will be provided by the center.

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Can I take personal belongings to Los Angeles Job Corps?

Students should not bring expensive video and audio equipment, computers, and similar items. Students are expected to bring personal care and grooming items. Your admissions counselor can help you determine what items are appropriate to bring on center. Also, during your center tour and presentation, the resident management staff will address any questions you may have on what to bring and how much you can bring.

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When can I go home to visit?

Job Corps will provide your transportation to and from home for your initial enrollment to the center, during the winter and summer breaks, and returning to your home when you leave the program. Any other trips home must be arranged and paid for by the student.

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Can my family visit me on center?

Yes. Your parents or guardians are invited to visit you at the center. Please have them contact the center in advance of their visit.

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How long do I have to stay at Job Corps?

Depending on the career technical trade and your learning pace, training can take from eight months to two years to complete. We recommend you follow the career path that will be set for you based on your trade choice and criterias met to gain the knowledge and social skills needed for your new career.

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What happens after I graduate from Los Angeles Job Corps?

Even before graduation, our staff will assist you in conducting a job search. They can also help direct you to social services such as health care, housing, legal assistance and child care. For nine months after you graduate, a Job Corps career transition specialist will keep in touch with you to make sure things are going well in your new career.

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Can Los Angeles Job Corps help me get into college after I graduate from the program?

We have cooperative agreements with community colleges or related institutions that teach career area courses or to have individual students take courses to gain college credit. We can work with students to help them transition into college programs.

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What if I don't like it? Can I leave Job Corps?

Yes. No one will force you to stay if you're not happy at the center, but you must be committed to the program to benefit from it. All we ask is that you try your best to succeed. Last year, 90 percent of Job Corps graduates found work, enrolled in higher education programs, or enlisted in the military. Succesful students go to class everyday, they do the work and make the grades. Let success be in your future. Become a Job Corps graduate.

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How do I enroll in Job Corps?

You can enroll in Job Corps by calling (213) 741-5373 or (800) 733-JOBS.

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Page last updated: Wednesday, April 29, 2015