Clackamas Community College was recently awarded $1,186,848 from the U.S. Department of Labor to pilot a Job Corps Scholars Program.
CCC's three-year grant will be used to enroll 80 Job Corps-eligible youth, ages 16-24, in a 12-month career technical training program. Job Corps is a U.S. Department of Labor program that offers free education and vocational training to young people. Along with the training, students will receive wraparound counseling services to support and facilitate their employment and career success.
Students will be enrolled in two cohorts of 40 each. They can earn career technical certificates while participating in on-campus activities including assessments, developing training and employment plans and engaging in supportive student life activities. Specific skills taught alongside program training include time management, navigating college resources, financial literacy, stress management, goal setting and how to research career opportunities.
The following high-wage, high-demand career training programs are the focus of this grant, however, students are not limited to only these programs:
• Computer numerical control (CNC)
• Operator technician
• CNC machining
• Certified nursing assistant
• Renewable energy technician
• Water and environmental technician
• Wildland fire/fire science
The Job Corps Scholars program will be leveraged with the college's TechHire grant and Workforce Development Services program, which is the county's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act-funded adult and dislocated worker contractor.
"CCC already has an established relationship with the local Timber Lake Job Corps center, which means the program will benefit from experienced staff, proven workforce and employment programs with strong ties to local employers and college career training programs with the full range of college student support options," said Shalee Hodgson, associate dean of technology, applied science and public services.
The Clackamas Community College Job Corps Scholars Program is expected to launch this summer. For questions regarding the program, call Tom Brown at 503-594-3956.
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