Job CorpKENTUCKY (12/5/12) – Ever wonder how you can afford college, technical school or other job training programs? In this world of high college and technical school costs many people wonder, “How can I afford the training I need to get a good job?” There is a simple solution to your problem….JOB CORPS! The local Job Corps center, the Muhlenberg Career Development Center, trains in two technical training areas, heavy equipment and health careers.
Gary Jones, Business and Community Liaison at the Muhlenberg Job Corps, said, “Many times people only think of Job Corps as a program for students who have dropped out of high school. In actuality the program also serves high school graduates and many of them go on to further their education at the Madisonville Community College.” Jones said, “It is possible for a student willing to work hard during their time at Job Corps to actually leave the program with a two year college degree.
The Job Corps program, which can be residential or non-residential, is set up for a student to have twenty four months to complete the basic trade they choose. If the student qualifies and wants to enter advanced training or college after completion of the basic trade choice, they may be granted an additional twelve months. Jones said, “We have actually had students leave the program with an Associate degree in hand. One student recently was awarded a full scholarship to Berea College to obtain his bachelor’s degree in the medical field.”
In addition to academic and college possibilities Job Corps also provides great training opportunities in heavy equipment operation, construction equipment mechanics, welding, class B commercial drivers’ license, pharmacy tech, clinical medical assisting, certified nurse assisting and medical office support. Muhlenberg Career Development Center actually has a co-enrollment program with the local high school which enables students to come to the Job Corps campus during their senior year in high school for career technical training. Students in the co-enrollment program can choose to continue their training at Job Corps after graduation.
Jones says, “The training a student receives is free if they meet the income guidelines set up by the National Office of Job Corps. It is a win-win situation for students who may not otherwise be able to afford to enter college or obtain training needed to acquire a job in today’s work environment.” If you would like more information on the Job Corps program call (270) 377-3269. If you are a current high school student and would like more information about the co-enrollment program contact your high school counselor.
Job Corps is the largest residential job training program in the United States. The Muhlenberg Career Development Center is operated by Horizons Youth Services of Harrisonburg, Virginia in conjunction with the United States Department of Labor.

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