Frequently Asked Questions

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of training is available at San Diego Job Corps?

San Diego Job Corps offers hands-on career technical training as well as academic training. We can also help you earn a high school diploma or high school equivalency, driver license, and career technical credentials.  For more information, please see our Career Training and Academics pages.

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What else does San Diego Job Corps have to offer?

San Diego Job Corps offers career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, residential housing, food service, driver education, health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance, and periodic clothing allowances.              

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Does it cost anything?

Job Corps has no cost to its students or their families.

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What are the standards at the San Diego Job Corps?

Like any place, San Diego Job Corps has standards and expectations that all students have to meet.  These standards are in place to help keep you safe, to help simulate the workforce environment, and to help eliminate distractions so you can succeed in academics and career technical training.  They include expectations related to behavior, work ethic, attendance, and dress.  To provide the safest possible learning environment, Job Corps has a Zero Tolerance Policy against violence and drugs. Any student who violates this policy will be removed from the Job Corps program.

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Do I get paid while I am at San Diego Job Corps?

Throughout your training, you will receive a basic living allowance. As your training progresses, your living allowance will increase. Job Corps can also help you get started after you graduate with a transition allowance. This allowance is based on your academic and career skills achievement while in Job Corps.

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Do I have to live at the center?

Most students live on campus at San Diego Job Corps, but we do serve nonresidential students as well. Please check with your admissions counselor for details.

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Can I bring my child with me to San Diego Job Corps?

San Diego Job Corps does not offer childcare assistance on center. Your admissions counselor will explain any options that may be available.

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Who do I live with at Job Corps?

San Diego Job Corps Center has separate male and female dormitories. Depending on the dormitory, you can have anywhere from one to three roommates.

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What do I have to wear?

While you are responsible for providing your own everyday clothes, we have standards about your personal appearance. Generally articles of clothing with offensive wording, large amounts of jewelry or any items that promote drugs, alcohol, tobacco or violence are not allowed.

San Diego Job Corps provides career technical training or academic uniforms which students are required to properly wear during the training day. This is done to help students look professional and be prepared for the workforce upon graduation from the Job Corps program.

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Can I take personal belongings to San Diego Job Corps?

Students should not bring expensive video and audio equipment, computers, and similar items. Students are expected to bring personal care and grooming items. Your admissions counselor can help you determine what items are appropriate to bring on center.

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When can I go home to visit?

Job Corps will provide your transportation to and from home for your initial trip to the center, during any winter and summer breaks, and returning to your home when you leave the program. Any other trips home must be arranged and paid for by the student.

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Can my family visit me on center?

Yes. Your parents or guardians are invited to visit you at the center. Please have them contact the center in advance of their visit.

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How long can I stay at Job Corps?

Job Corps is a self-paced program. That means you learn at your own speed. Depending on the career area you choose and the learning pace you set for yourself, training can take from six months to two years to complete. We recommend that you remain on center for at least one year to gain the knowledge and social skills needed for your new career.

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What happens after I graduate from San Diego Job Corps?

Even before graduation, our staff will assist you in conducting a job search. They can also help direct you to social services such as health care, housing, legal assistance and child care. For one year after you graduate, a Job Corps career transition specialist will keep in touch with you to make sure things are going well in your new career.

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Can San Diego Job Corps help me get into college after I graduate from the program?

We have cooperative agreements with community colleges or related institutions to teach career area courses or to have individual students take courses to gain college credit. We can work with students to help them transfer into college programs when appropriate.

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What if I don't like it? Can I leave Job Corps?

Yes. No one will force you to stay if you're not happy at the center, but you must be committed to the program to benefit from it. All we ask is that you try your best to succeed. We promise you this: It will be difficult sometimes, and we will challenge you. But if you don't quit on us, we won't quit on you.

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How do I enroll in Job Corps?

You can enroll in Job Corps by calling (619) 429-2325 or (800) 733-JOBS.

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Page last updated: Thursday, April 30, 2015