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Job Corps | U.S. Department of Labor


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In March 2018, Mathematica Policy Research published an ‘external review’ of Job Corps. The report, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor, consists of a scan of evidence regarding what services and strategies have been effective for Job Corps. Among the questions and potential solutions explored in the report are:

What strategies can Job Corps pursue to enhance the experience and growth of participants?

  • Positive youth development
  • High student expectations
  • Growth mindsets
  • Trauma-informed environments

What disciplinary approaches can Job Corps adopt to enhance the climate and safety of its centers?

  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programs
  • Restorative practices
  • Building self-regulation skills

How can Job Corps enhance the employment skills and job readiness of Job Corps graduates?

  • Career pathways programs
  • Micro-credentials
  • Work-based learning and experience
  • Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs

How could changes in Job Corps group dynamics enhance program outcomes for youth?

  • Age of participants
  • Gender of participants
  • Residential environment
  • Learning in groups of different size

What geographic factors could Job Corps consider to optimize the locations of Job Corps centers?

  • Access to Job Corps across the country
  • Proximity to postsecondary institutions
  • Proximity to work experience opportunities

How could Job Corps foster program innovation?

  • Human-centered design principles
  • Prizes to encourage innovation
  • Contractors as innovation labs
  • Communities of Practice

How could Job Corps services be procured or delivered to expand the types of organizations operating Job Corps centers?

  • Subcontracts for smaller, specialized services
  • Limited number of “charter” centers with fewer regulations
  • Formal request for information from stakeholder groups

The full report can be downloaded here: https://www.mathematica-mpr.com/our-publications-and-findings/publications/the-external-review-of-job-corps-directions-for-future-research.


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