Pittsburgh Job Corps now recruiting students ages 16-24; provides variety of services

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The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program is looking to get back to its pre-pandemic levels, with a recruitment drive for its Pittsburgh location.

The Pittsburgh Job Corps, located off Washington Boulevard in Lincoln-Lemington, provides free career training for low-income students ages 16-24.

“This is a great opportunity for young Pennsylvanians who are trying to leverage a strong job market,” said National Director of Job Corps Rachel Torres, in a statement. “We are a gateway to skills, credentials and opportunity. Our students need Job Corps, and the workforce needs our students.”

The Pittsburgh Job Corps offers career skills training in high-growth industry sectors, including Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive and Machine Repair, Construction, Finance and Business, Health Care, Homeland Security, Hospitality, Information Technology, Renewable Resources and Energy, and Transportation.

Job Corps is free for people from low-income households who meet the eligibility requirements, and students can apply and enroll at any time. Job Corps provides hands-on career skills training, on-campus housing, meals, health care and job search assistance. Applicants may qualify if they receive SNAP, TANF, or free or reduced school lunch, or if they are experiencing homelessness or are a foster youth.

Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years. Students have access to room and board while they learn skills in specific training areas for up to three years. In addition to helping students complete their education, obtain career technical skills and gain employment, Job Corps also provides transitional support services, such as help finding employment, housing, child care, and transportation. Job Corps graduates either enter the workforce or an apprenticeship, go on to higher education, or join the military.

Ariel Cypher, outreach and admissions manager for Pittsburgh Job Corps, said in a release obtained by the Courier that some of the employers Job Corps students are connected with include; Giant Eagle, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66, Mosites Construction, Beech Construction Inc, Southwestern Veterans Center, Allegheny Health Network and UPMC.

“We are incredibly excited that our campus has reopened and expanded our training opportunities and are eager to bring in deserving young people and help them start their careers,” said Bob Gottschalk, Center Director at the Pittsburgh Job Corps campus, in a statement. “With a long track record of successfully placing our graduates into meaningful careers in the Pittsburgh Tri-State area, we want our community to know that Job Corps is a terrific first option for any interested young person.”




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