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

Academic Training Overview

Academic Training Overview

In addition to career training, New Haven Job Corps Center also provides academic training, including basic reading and math. Courses in independent living, employability skills, and career success skills are offered to help students transition into the workplace. We also have several academic programs to help our students achieve their full potential.

Academic Programs

Job Corps provides a very structured environment that will prepare you for the workplace.

GED/High School Diploma

One of our top goals at New Haven Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at New Haven can enroll in our GED program. Qualified students may also enroll in Pearson Vue, an online, distant learning high school program that is designed to guide students through the requirements necessary to earn a high school diploma. Upon acceptance into and completion of the program requirements, students will earn a high school diploma. In alignment with the Job Corps Boston Region Minimum Standards model, New Haven Job Corps Center also offers several after school training programs [HYPERLINK "AFTER SCHOOL TRAINING PROGRAMS" TO http://newhaven.jobcorps.gov/academics.aspx#afterschool] designed to provide additional educational and life skills learning opportunities for our students.

English Language Learning

Students needing to learn English can enter our English Language Learning (ELL) program. Students in the ELL program are tested regularly to determine their language proficiency levels.

College Program

The Advanced College Training (ACT) program provides students with the opportunity to receive an advanced education at the collegiate level. Students in the ACT program may attend Gateway Community College and work towards completing college credits. The ACT program is available to students that have shown outstanding achievements in their academic and career technical training. ACT may be right for you if: •You have been enrolled in Job Corps for more than 180 days and have a good attendance record. •You have completed a Career Technical Training program. •You have a GED or high school diploma. •You meet testing requirements. •You have a high level of maturity and show the ability to work independently and reliably. •You have a good disciplinary record.

Tutoring and Academic Support

Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math, reading, science, social studies, and writing by instructors or by fellow students (Peer Student Tutors). Students interested in getting into a tutoring program may contact their instructors or the Academic Manager.

Driver Education

The New Haven Job Corps Center offers Driver’s Education courses free of charge to all students in need of a driver's license.

After School Training Programs

In accordance with Job Corps Boston Region Minimum Standards, New Haven Job Corps Center offers numerous after school training and support programs for our students. These activities include: • One on one, peer, and group tutoring sessions • Staff/student mentoring programs • Support and interest group meetings / clubs • Career Counseling – Evening appointments and office hours • Workshops on Independent Living and other Career Success Standards • Guest speakers and presentations Evening programs and resources are available to both our resident and non-resident students.

Career Success Standards (CSS)

Behavioral expectations in the areas of employability, social development, and independent living skills


Workplace Relationships and Ethics

Productively interact with co-workers and deal with problems and situations with honesty, integrity and responsibility.



Listen actively, follow directions and communicate with others to solve problems and accomplish tasks.


Personal Growth and Development

Personal skills, attributes and behaviors that foster confidence and drive for life-long growth.


Interpersonal Skills

Get along with others and adjust to a variety of social and professional situations.


Information Management

Interpret and evaluate data, organize and maintain information, and use technology to perform work.


Multicultural Awareness

Value diversity, while practicing cultural sensitivity, and the ability to work with people of different backgrounds and cultures.


Career and Personal Planning

A personal plan that outlines a step-by-step process for entering and advancing in a fulfilling career.


Independent Living

Find, manage and use resources to maintain employment, satisfy physical and emotional needs, and lead a productive and independent life.


Continuous Learning

Continually grow and assess personal strengths and areas for development, set learning goals, and identify and access learning opportunities.


Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Solve problems by seeking and evaluating different points of view and utilizing different resources to reach decisions.

The way we prepare you for the workforce has changed during Job Corps' 50 years. The growth of new technology, its impact on your education and the workplace, and the surge in various high-growth industries continuously creates new opportunities to learn and grow. Job Corps is responding to this opportunity with the Career Success Standards, a set of ten behavioral expectations in the areas of employability, social development, and independent living skills.

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