People between the ages of 16-and-24 have the opportunity for free training at Ozarks Technical Community College through the Job Corps Scholars Program. Qualifying students have the opportunity to study more than 20 career and technical programs including computer information science, construction, culinary arts, manufacturing and welding. All of the programs can be completed in one year or less, which enables students to quickly earn the skills they need to find a job.
Students who have completed the Job Corps Scholars (JCS) Program are successful and cannot say enough good things about the JCS
“The support from the JCS was amazing. I don’t think it could have been better,” said Eliyah Larnard, a diesel technology student. “Things probably wouldn’t have happened without JCS because I probably wouldn’t have been able to go to college and get the amazing job that I love.”
Chelsie Schroeder is a current student studying early childhood development. OTC and the Job Corps Scholars Program gave Chelsie her first college experience.
“Everyone I have dealt with is incredibly nice and encouraging, and they obviously genuinely care about helping me and taking the time to make sure I understand everything. I couldn’t have asked for better people to help me navigate my college journey,” Chelsie said.
Two personal and career counselors determine students’ eligibility for the program, assess each student’s personal goals, and navigate the academic services with the student. They ensure students have any financial, personal, or academic supports needed to be successful.
In addition, two employment counselors serve as connections to jobs through transition planning, employment search support, and post-hire follow-ups. They connect with employers in the community to connect their needs with students’ skills.
Individuals who would like to learn more about OTC’s Job Corps Scholars Program grant can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Job Corps Scholars grant is a demonstration grant with a forecasted sunset for enrollment throughout Fall 2022. None of the financial resources come from non-governmental sources.