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Job Corps Scholars

Begin your journey to career success by attending Chemeketa tuition-free through the Job Corps Scholars program.

Job Corps Scholars is a program funded by the US Department of Labor designed to empower low income and at-risk youth and prepare them for employment by pursuing post-secondary education. The Chemeketa Job Corps Scholars program pays for the tuition and fees of students pursuing career technical education and academic programs designed to be completed in one year or less. Students will apply for financial aid to cover non-tuition costs.

Who can participate?

In order to join Job Corps Scholars, you must meet the following-

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or other person authorized to work in the U.S. 
  • Ages 16-24
  • Qualify as low income

What to expect

Here's what you will receive during and after your time in Job Corps Scholars:

  • During your enrollment, you will pursue college preparation courses, general education courses and career technical training to ensure your readiness for life and work
  • You will be guided by a Success Coach, who will help you to stay on track with your goals
  • After finishing your studies, Chemeketa staff will guide you in your transition to employment, further education, an apprenticeship or enlistment in the military
  • We will provide support for up to one year after you complete your studies to ensure you meet your personal and career goals

How to join

Follow these steps to become a Job Corps Scholar:

  • Complete the interest form
  • We will contact you to schedule an interview
  • If you are eligible, you will submit an online application to the college. You will also submit documents to confirm that you meet the requirements for the program
  • If approved for admission to the program, you will attend orientation
  • You will complete placement assessment, then meet with an advisor before registering for classes

Eligible programs

The following Chemeketa programs are designed to be completed in one year or less:

AreaCertificate ProgramsCredits
Accounting Accounting Payroll 20
Accounting Accounting Tax Prep 16
Early Childhood Education Infant/Toddler 19
Early Childhood Education Preschool Certificate 18
Health Services Medical Assiting 41
Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Pre-Apprenticeship 10
Truck Driving Truck Driving Non-Credit
4-10 weeks
Welding MIG Welding 14

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Equal Opportunity Is the Law

It is against the law for this recipient of Federal financial assistance to discriminate on the following bases: Against any individual in the United States, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity), national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, disability, or political affiliation or belief, or, against any beneficiary of, applicant to, or participant in programs financially assisted under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, on the basis of the individual's citizenship status or participation in any WIOA Title I-financially assisted program or activity.

The recipient must not discriminate in any of the following areas:

  • Deciding who will be admitted, or have access, to any WIOA Title I-financially assisted program or activity;
  • providing opportunities in, or treating any person with regard to, such a program or activity; or
  • making employment decisions in the administration of, or in connection with, such a program or activity.

Recipients of federal financial assistance must take reasonable steps to ensure that communications with individuals with disabilities are as effective as communications with others. This means that, upon request and at no cost to the individual, recipients are required to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services to qualified individuals with disabilities.

What To Do If You Believe You Have Experienced Discrimination

If you think that you have been subjected to discrimination under a WIOA Title I-financially assisted program or activity, you may file a complaint within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation with either:

The recipient's Equal Opportunity Officer (or the person whom the recipient has designated for this purpose); or

The Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-4123, Washington, DC 20210 or electronically as directed on the CRC Web site at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/oasam/centers-offices/civil-rights-center .

If you file your complaint with the recipient, you must wait either until the recipient issues a written Notice of Final Action, or until 90 days have passed (whichever is sooner), before filing with the Civil Rights Center (see address above).

If the recipient does not give you a written Notice of Final Action within 90 days of the day on which you filed your complaint, you may file a complaint with CRC before receiving that Notice. However, you must file your CRC complaint within 30 days of the 90-day deadline (in other words, within 120 days after the day on which you filed your complaint with the recipient).

If the recipient does give you a written Notice of Final Action on your complaint, but you are dissatisfied with the decision or resolution, you may file a complaint with CRC. You must file your CRC complaint within 30 days of the date on which you received the Notice of Final Action.