Job Corps Commences Recruiting Effort in Illinois

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program is recruiting in Illinois, offering immediate openings and free career training in leading industries for individuals aged 16-24 from low-income households.

“Job Corps offers a path to apprenticeships and higher-paying careers in the nation’s fastest-growing industries,” said Rachel Torres, National Director of Job Corps. “Our graduates fill a critical need for employers and the economy.”

Illinois has two Job Corps campuses in Joliet and Paul Simon Chicago. Both campuses provide career skills training in sectors like Construction, Finance and Business, Health Care, Homeland Security, Hospitality, Information Technology and Transportation. Job Corps is free for people ages 16–24 who come from low-income households and meet eligibility requirements.

Students can apply and enroll at any time, receiving hands-on training, housing, meals, healthcare, and job search assistance. Applicants may qualify if they receive SNAP, TANF, free or reduced school lunch, or experiencing homelessness or are a foster youth.

Moreover, Job Corps offers expedited enrollment for age-eligible young adults experiencing homelessness.

“For students, we are a path to careers, certifications and connections—all without student debt. For employers, we’re a possible solution to their workforce pipelines,” Torres said. “It’s a win-win for Illinoisans.”

Job Corps has launched a revamped national website and individual campus sites featuring virtual tours, a 24/7 virtual assistant called Corey, and an interactive map to locate campuses based on location, industry, or specific training areas.

For more information about Job Corps, or to begin the enrollment process, visit or call 800-733-JOBS (5627).

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