Job Corps, run by the U.S. Department of Labor, is a valuable opportunity for teenagers and young adults to receive training for a particular vocation, which usually takes from 8 months to 2 years. Job Corps also provides career placement and interview assistance after the career training is complete. Most students at Job Corps live in dormitories throughout their educational experience. However, evenings and weekends are their times to relax.
Time to Relax
Job Corps centers see weekends as a time for students to rest and enjoy themselves. After working very hard in school and with chores all week, students get weekends as free time to spend with friends or family, take trips home or just relax at the center.
Based on Performance
Job Corps staff members will assess each student's ability to have a weekend pass away from the center. If a student has disciplinary problems or has failed an important assignment, his weekend privileges may be taken away. Strong performers may be granted permission to leave for the entire weekend. Each center handles this differently.
Students as young as 16 can begin programs with Job Corps, usually studying for a GED. But because 16- and 17-year-old students are not yet legal adults, their parents must sign off on permission to receive weekend passes and permission to leave during weekends.