This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Job Corps program, which to date has trained more than 3 million youth across the nation.
This program dates back to when President Lyndon Johnson created the Employment Opportunity Act in 1964. Since then, the Job Corps program has remained one of the largest and most successful federally funded programs under the U.S. Department of Labor, preparing students in the past 50 years with the latest hands-on training on the fastest-growing jobs.
With 124 centers across the country, the Albuquerque program is ranked among the top in the nation and has been a part of the city of Albuquerque’s history for more than 48 years.
The Albuquerque Job Corps program is committed to improving the lives of all young adults who strive for self-improvement through academic and career technical training, allowing for increased earning potential as well as the opportunity to broaden their educational horizons.
Albuquerque Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program that helps young people, ages 16 through 24, improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. The program offers students an opportunity to learn a trade, receive their high school diploma or GED, and find full-time employment.
The core mission and committed work carried out daily by the staff of the Albuquerque Jobs Corps Center continues to offer a foundation of strength and assistance that supports, educates and guides thousands of young lives who enter the program away from the shadows of struggle and uncertainty and instills a sense of empowerment, self-confidence and personal achievement within each young person.
These significant life goals and practical educational and job-training programs hold the promise of career achievement and societal contribution as each young person is shown the way and given the tools to succeed.
Author: Victoria Collins
Publication: Albuquerque Journal