Job Corps is the nation's largest FREE education and job training program for young adults.
Job Corps provides a very structured environment that will prepare you for the workplace.
High School Equivalency/High School Diploma (HSE/HSD)
One of our top goals at the Alaska Job Corps Center is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her HSE/HSD prior to leaving the center. Students who don’t already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Alaska Job Corps will be assessed and scheduled into a program that best suits them.
The center provides a High School Equivalency program that students are enrolled in if they obtain Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores of 10.5. The center also offers two high school diploma tracks. One is an on-line program through Penn Foster Online high School. The other is through the American Charter Academy in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District.
Center staff will work with each student to determine the program they qualify for.
English Language Learning
Students needing to learn English can enter our English Language Learning (ELL) program. Students in the ELL program are tested regularly to determine their language proficiency levels.
Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math, reading, science, social studies, and writing by instructors or by fellow students (Peer Student Tutors). Students interested in getting into a tutoring program may contact their instructors or the Academic Manager.
The College Program is an advanced training program we offer through partnerships with Mat-Su Community College and University of Alaska. To qualify for this program, a student must have a high school diploma or GED (from our center or another educational facility) and have successfully completed a vocational trade at Job Corps.
Benefits of the College Program include:
academic advisement, mentoring, and tutoring
paid tuition, fees, books, and supplies
housing and recreation
meals provided by Job Corps, on-and-off center
transportation to and from college of choice
Driver's Education is available to all students needing an Alaska driver's license. The class combines driving time in a center-owned vehicle and class time. Permits and licensing fees for students are paid for by the center. Arrangements for students to take the written and road examinations are also handled by the center.
Career Success Standards (CSS)
Behavioral expectations in the areas of employability, social development, and independent living skills
Workplace Relationships and Ethics
Productively interact with co-workers and deal with problems and situations with honesty, integrity and responsibility.
Listen actively, follow directions and communicate with others to solve problems and accomplish tasks.
Personal Growth and Development
Personal skills, attributes and behaviors that foster confidence and drive for life-long growth.
Get along with others and adjust to a variety of social and professional situations.
Interpret and evaluate data, organize and maintain information, and use technology to perform work.
Value diversity, while practicing cultural sensitivity, and the ability to work with people of different backgrounds and cultures.
Career and Personal Planning
A personal plan that outlines a step-by-step process for entering and advancing in a fulfilling career.
Find, manage and use resources to maintain employment, satisfy physical and emotional needs, and lead a productive and independent life.
Continually grow and assess personal strengths and areas for development, set learning goals, and identify and access learning opportunities.
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Solve problems by seeking and evaluating different points of view and utilizing different resources to reach decisions.
The way we prepare you for the workforce has changed during Job Corps' 50 years. The growth of new technology, its impact on your education and the workplace, and the surge in various high-growth industries continuously creates new opportunities to learn and grow. Job Corps is responding to this opportunity with the Career Success Standards, a set of ten behavioral expectations in the areas of employability, social development, and independent living skills.
Explore your journey at Alaska Job Corps Center
Learn more about our program by diving into the pillars of success.