I’ve written about a variety of helpful and free programs that will help you get technical training and your first job. Today, we’ll cover the US government’s own such program: Job Corps.
If you’re unemployed right now, life is tough. If you’re unemployed and have no experience, it’s even tougher! Due to the Covid pandemic, lots of places have frozen or restricted hiring. Add to that all the places that have gone under and you’ve got a lot of experienced job seekers competing for the same jobs you are.
Luckily, there are some great and free programs out there that can help. These programs will train you up and then try to place you at jobs. I’ve written about a few already; you can find those writeups here: Per Scholas, Generation, and YearUp.
Today, I want to introduce you to the US government’s program called Job Corps. If you’ve been following this blog, this program will sound a lot like some of the others, but there are a few important distinctions.
Let’s look at the requirements first: you must be eligible to work in the US and be between the ages of sixteen and twenty-four. Note that unlike the other programs that all require you to be at least eighteen, this one starts at sixteen. (Side note: If you’re older than twenty-four and want to take advantage of a program like this one, make sure to read this article about Per Scholas. They have no upper age limit!) This is a nice advantage over other programs because if you’ve gotten kicked out of your home, are currently in the system, or have dropped out of school, this program is available to you. And they don’t require you to be a high school graduate or have a GED!
This program also has a few other benefits that the others don’t. They will house you, feed you, and give you a bi-weekly living allowance that scales up as you spend more time in the program. Some of the centers also have child care available, so make sure to ask about that if you need it. Wow!
They’ve got a ton of career tracks, not just IT related ones: nursing, construction, even Homeland Security. But you’re reading this blog because you’re interested in IT, so let’s look at those programs specifically; those are: Advanced Computer System Administrator, Advanced Microsoft Certified Solutions, Computer Networking Cisco, Computer Technician, and Network Cable Installation. Note that some of these tracks have their own requirements. For example, while you might enter the program at age seventeen, the Sys Admin track requires you to be eighteen. (You can stay in the program for longer than a year though, so that’s not an issue.)
This program is great to really get you on track no matter what your current situation is, especially since they’ll take care of your basic needs (housing, food, some pay, and child care – at some locations.) There are only two downsides to the program, really: you’re not eligible past twenty-four and the program doesn’t orient you towards taking certifications (unlike some of the others I’ve already covered in previous articles.) Of course, that’s a small trade-off considering the room and board, particularly if you’re in a situation where you need that.
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