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On the Job Front: Job Training Programs for Youth

Posted January 18, 2013 | Posted in Adult Services

In this increasingly complex world, it can be difficult for young people to acquire the skills needed to land a good job. Here are two programs that offer training opportunities to help make employment a reality.  For more information, stop by the Adult Services Information Desk at the Villa Park Public Library or call  630.834.1164 ext. 104.

YouthBuild USA

In YouthBuild USA programs, low-income young people ages 16 to 24 work full-time for 6 to 24 months toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing in their communities. Emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service, and the creation of a positive mini-community of adults and youth committed to each others’ success. Students may earn AmeriCorps education awards through their homebuilding and other community service. At exit, they are placed in college, jobs, or both.

Contact Info

YouthBuild Aurora
1685 N Farnsworth Ave.
Aurora IL 63505

(630) 851-2203



Job Corps

Job Corps is a career technical training and education program for low-income young people ages 16 through 24.Each year Job Corps provides training and support services to 60,000 young people in more than 100 career technical areas at 125 centers across the nation. Job Corps offers hands-on training in America’s fastest growing careers, and our graduates land high-wage jobs.  And the best part?  It’s at no cost to income-eligible students.

How Does Job Corps Work?
Most of your time on center will be devoted to career technical training and education. You’ll learn the skills you need to get a high-paying job and become a successful professional.
Job Corps staff will help you create an individualized personal career development plan to stay on track for success and will help you write and submit your resume when you are ready to begin your job search.
Most students live on campus in dormitories. Some centers also serve nonresidential students who live close to the center. While enrolled in the program, you’ll receive housing, meals, basic medical care, and a living allowance. The most successful students stay in the program between one and two years.

Career Technical Training

Job Corps offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical training areas, including welding, automobile technician, carpentry, office administration, clinical medical assistant, culinary arts, computer technician, and many more. All career technical training areas are aligned with industry credentials and are designed to meet the requirements of today’s careers. Students who enter our manufacturing, automotive and machine repair, construction, or renewable resources and energy career technical training areas will develop specific knowledge and skills related to green technology and practices. Job Corps also offers advanced training opportunities for students who want to take their education to the next level.

Job Corps helps high school graduates launch their careers. If you haven’t graduated from high school, Job Corps can help you earn your diploma or GED. An experienced training staff is ready to help you reach your academic goals, and a tutoring program is available if you are looking for extra guidance.

After Graduation
Job Corps graduates have the support they need to start a successful career. When your training at Job Corps is complete, Job Corps will work with you for up to 21 months after you graduate. Counselors will assist you while you look for a job and can help you connect with housing, transportation, and child care resources in your neighborhood.

Contact Info

(800) 733-5627

Joliet Job Corps Center

1101 Mills Road
Joliet, IL 60433
Tel: (815) 727-7677
Fax: (815) 723-7052

Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center

3348 S. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60623
Tel: (773) 847-9820
Fax: (773) 847-9823