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Job Corps is the nation's largest FREE education and job training program for young adults.

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A Day in the Life at Job Corps

A typical day at Woodland Job Corps Center is full of activities to help our students prepare for the real world. Students get up early and spend the majority of their day receiving academic and hands-on career technical training.

After class, students study or hang out with friends before dinner in the cafeteria. After dinner, students may do chores in their dorms, study, attend high school classes or tutoring, or participate in clubs and team sports. Most students are in bed by 10:00 PM in order to rest for the next day's tasks.

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A Day in the Life at Job Corps

A typical day at Woodland Job Corps Center is full of activities to help our students prepare for the real world. Students get up early and spend the majority of their day receiving academic and hands-on career technical training.

After class, students study or hang out with friends before dinner in the cafeteria. After dinner, students may do chores in their dorms, study, attend high school classes or tutoring, or participate in clubs and team sports. Most students are in bed by 10:00 PM in order to rest for the next day's tasks.

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Job Corps Benefits

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 168 male students and 132 female students in eight dorms. Each room has a private bathroom. Residential students live with three roommates and enjoy the following amenities: laundry facilities TV lounges vending machines computer labs Independent living advisers are on-site to help make dorm life safe, clean, and productive for students.

Job Corps provides, at no cost to you, any materials and supplies (i.e., books, workbooks, testing materials, specialized and safety equipment) you'll need to complete your academic and career training programs.

For students with dependent children, you may authorize $5, $10, or $15 to be deducted from your living allowance for childcare. Whichever amount you choose, Job Corps' contribution matches five times your contribution. For example, when you contribute $5, the center contributes $25 for a total allotment of $30. A check for the total allotment will be sent to your child's caregiver.

Centers issue, at no cost to you, the uniforms, specialized and safety equipment, and clothing necessary to participate in your career technical training program. After you have been in Job Corps for 30 to 90 days, you will be eligible to receive a clothing allowance of $100 to purchase additional personal clothing items. After that, students within 90 days of graduation from Job Corps can receive an additional $125, and students who enroll in Advanced Training are eligible for an additional $100.

Nutritious and well-balanced meals are prepared daily in the center's cafeteria at no cost to you. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an evening snack are served Monday through Friday. Brunch and dinner are served on weekends and holidays.

Our wellness center is open daily for basic medical, dental, optometrist, and mental health services which are provided for FREE to you. Our staff of professionals provides basic health care services on a walk-in basis before class and during lunch hours. Appointments with the physician, nurse practitioner, dentist, or mental health consultant are scheduled by the nurse. Upon arrival to our center, you will receive a physical examination which includes HIV and drug testing, immunization updates, and a dental examination. The wellness center also provides 24-hour emergency medical services. Weight management, smoking cessation, pregnancy prevention, and other health-related programs. Information and support groups are provided to students with a history of drug and/or alcohol issues. Outside resources are also available to help you maintain a clean and sober lifestyle while at Job Corps, as well as to assist you in making good lifestyle choices in the home and workplace.

Job Corps pays you a living allowance in cash twice a month. New and readmitted students receive arrival pay in the amount of a $25. After that, the amount of your base pay depends on the number of days you are eligible for payment. For days 1-182, you receive $25 every two weeks. After 183 days, pay is increased to $35. Just like a real job, taxes are deducted, and you'll receive a W-2 at the end of each year.

Facilities

The Woodland Job Corps Center is located in Laurel, Maryland, just a short drive from downtown Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The center features wonderful landscaping and a college setting on 33 acres.


Dorms


Cafeteria


Center Store


Wellness Center

Recreational Activities

We want you to have a fun time! Feel free to suggest additional activities to our rec staff.


Aerobics


Arts and crafts


Basketball


Dances


Foosball


Games


Movies


Music


Pageants


Ping pong


Pool/ Billiards


Reading


Sporting events


Talent shows

At Woodland Job Corps Center, students find our recreational activities to be a fun and exciting way to socialize or relax at the end of the day. We value our student's feedback and conduct regular surveys to improve our recreational programs.

Student Programs & Organizations

We want your time with Job Corps to be enjoyable. Join an organization and make new friends!

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of our students and plays a key role in the operation of the center. We encourage all of our students to join the SGA.

The SGA Council is composed of Executive Board officers, Vocational Representatives, and Area Student Leaders. The Executive Board members are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Community Coordinator. Vocational Representatives are student leaders representing each career training program on center. The Area Student Leaders are mentors, recreational aides, residential advisors, safety marshals, and student tour guides.

In their weekly meetings, SGA representatives make recommendations to the Center Director about rules affecting students including enforcement of rules. The Center Director also consults with the SGA before introducing new rules for students.

SGA members also have the responsibility to:

  • Be a positive role model to the other students.
  • Assist in the decision-making process with the Center Director and Senior Management Team relating to policies affecting student life on and off campus.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Practice self-government and have input on center policies.
  • Learn and practice positive leadership and socialization skills.
  • Assist with tours on center.
  • Work with all departments through the SGA Committees.
  • Host activities for the student body.
  • Work closely with the Business-Community Liaison to bridge the gap between the Job Corps program and the community.

After 30 days of enrollment at our center, you may apply for the Leadership Training Class. After you complete three weeks of leadership training, you can apply for SGA membership.

Academic Olympics

The Academic Olympics Club is a college-bowl type competition between teams of students competing to answer a variety of questions based on an array of topics. It provides students the opportunity to participate in a competitive team effort comparable to the experience of students who take part in sports activities.

As Iron Sharpens Men’s Club

The As Iron Sharpens Men’s Club’s mission is to attract, recognize, reward, and advance student success by teaching leadership concepts to the young men of Job Corps. The organization promotes intellectual growth, cultural enrichment, and social development as values to be upheld. Along the way, members will learn team-building concepts, critical goal-setting skills, and proper etiquette in the business arena, and will put these concepts into practice through community service projects. The As Iron Sharpens Men’s Club seeks to foster brotherhood, service, character, heritage, truth, and knowledge in the young men of Job Corps.

Chess Club

The game of chess develops strategy, anticipation, and awareness skills that can help players in situations far away from the chess board, but the reason we like to play it is simply because it is fun. The Chess Club gives students a chance to play friendly games of chess against their peers in a low-stress environment. All levels are welcome.

Choir Club

The Choir Club promotes teamwork, a sense of community, and has a lot of fun with music at the heart of everything we do. Its goal is to enhance the musical, creative, and expressive qualities of all members so that they can find the music inside them and use their own unique voice to share it with the world. Along the way, we will be learning the basics of musical theory as it relates to choral music and applying them firsthand in rehearsals and performances both in-center and out in the community.

Debate Team

The Debate Club’s mission is about providing instruction and practice in the art of public speaking, with an emphasis on debate. Students train in the Lincoln-Douglas debate style, public forum debates, extemporaneous speaking, and other forms of public rhetoric. Most meetings focus on debating current political and ethical issues in a respectful and edifying way. Members practice case-writing, rebuttals, cross-examination skills, analytical thinking, and political and moral philosophy.

It’s a fun way to make new friends and develop critical-thinking and communication skills.

Diamonds and Pearls Women’s Club

At the Diamonds and Pearls Women’s Club, we strive to increase the visibility of women in leadership both inside the Job Corps Center and in the community at large, as well as grow the confidence and voice of women on campus. We focus our attention on leadership, diversity, mentorship, and service. Members will learn team-building, goal-setting skills, and how to navigate the business arena, and will put these concepts into practice through community service. Membership is open to any women who strive to be leaders.

Gaming Club

Gaming Club provides a venue for students to connect and compete in a variety of interactive board game, RPGs, and other social games, particularly those that develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. In addition to being a fun way to blow off some steam between studying and classes, it’s a great way to meet people who share your interest in gaming.

Puzzle Club

This club will meet to make puzzles, discuss strategies & tactics, and make new friends. All kinds of puzzle games are welcome and will be explored.

Science Club

The Science Club offers students hands-on experience with science by conducting fun and engaging scientific investigations. Students can explore their own interests and expand their knowledge with group or solo activities.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Fostering positive relationships with the communities our centers are in is a key part of what Job Corps does. This can mean performing work in the neighborhood that aligns with a student's career pathway, such as building new playgrounds, patching up sidewalks, or cleaning up parks. At the Woodland Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Soup kitchens
  • United Way
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Campus Safety

Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe and secure environment. That's why we have a Zero Tolerance Policy for violence and drugs. Any student who breaks this policy will be dismissed immediately from Job Corps.

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Campus Safety

Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe and secure environment. That's why we have a Zero Tolerance Policy for violence and drugs. Any student who breaks this policy will be dismissed immediately from Job Corps.

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