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Written by Katherine (Kat) Neunaber   
Monday, 13 February 2012 15:20

Denison Job Corps Center To Launch February Recruitment Drive

DENISON, Iowa – The Denison Job Corps Center is recruiting its next group of new students for Carpentry, Painting, Brick Masonry, and Facilities Maintenance, to start training on Feb. 26, officials announced today.

The Job Corps program provides students with academic and career technical training, and room, board, and basic medical services while on center.  Young adults ages 16 through 24 who meet specific income requirements can enroll in the program at no cost.

“Job Corps gives these young people the chance to train in the health care or construction career field of their choice, and to earn a high school diploma or GED if they haven’t already,” Denison Center Director Steve Reitan said.  “In addition to training, students can take advantage of leadership opportunities on and off center that will also prepare them for future careers.”

Instructors and staff at Job Corps centers across the country work with students to help them achieve their personal career goals.  Students receive classroom guidance from Job Corps staff, as well as career counseling and assistance in securing and maintaining employment after graduation.

“Our instructors and staff members are well-qualified to help our students gain the skills, experience, and confidence to be successful after they graduate from the Job Corps program,” Reitan said.

Typically, students complete the construction training areas, such as those offered at the Denison center, in 8 to 12 months, gaining skills that include construction techniques, installations, protection, and restoration, as well as obtaining industry-recognized credentials.  Starting salaries for graduates of these training areas are usually around $30,000 a year.

Job Corps also offers students Advanced Career Training for no additional cost, making it possible for them to receive further training by enrolling in a vocational, technical, or community college.

For up to 21 months after graduation, a career counselor will help students gain higher education or obtain employment, and assist them in other transition activities so that they can live independently.

The Denison Job Corps Center has two residence halls and a total capacity for 300 students.  In addition to the many construction programs offered, the center provides training in several other career areas, including Clinical Medical Assistant, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse, and Pharmacy Technician.  Students may also participate in athletics, community service projects, and the Student Government Association.

About Job Corps

Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps is the nation’s largest career technical training and education program for low-income young people ages 16 through 24.  Job Corps provides services to more than 60,000 young people each year at 125 centers in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  To learn more about Job Corps, call (800) 733-JOBS or visit Job Corps online at


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