How long does it take to get into Job Corps?
There are a few things that will influence the amount of time it takes you from the time that you attend the orientation meeting until the day you arrive on center.
Orientation: You will be given a choice of places and times for orientations happening near you. This is the first step, a required step, in your application to Job Corps. You will sit down with a number of other potential Job Corps attendees and view a presentation, collect a few handouts, and participate in a question-and-answer time. You may also be able to schedule your interview here – if you can, do.
Interview: Be sure that you bring everything on the list as well as have filled out all of the necessary fields in the application packet you were given. This interview will give you a chance to learn more about Job Corps in a one-on-one setting. You will get more information here, as well as some forms to fill, and the interviewer will determine whether or not you are a match for the program.
At this point, there is a lot of information that will need to be reviewed before they can accept or decline your application. Your packet will be mailed to a headquarters and reviewed and then forwarded to the center that you decided on with your interviewer. It will have to make its rounds through different departments at that center until each has okay’d their portion (Disability coordinator if you’ve indicated a disability, Health and Wellness for your general health record and medications, etc…)
All of this can take months. Many students aren’t prepared for the wait, and withdraw their application. Don’t be one of those people. You will have to wait anywhere from two months to a year. If a wait that long isn’t acceptable, Job Corps may not be the program for you.