Job Corps is the nation's largest FREE education and job training program for young adults.
Oneonta Job Corps Center is located on 34 acres in rural Oneonta, New York, across from State University of New York - Oneonta and just a short drive from Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Activity/ Recreation Center
We want you to have a fun time! Feel free to suggest additional activities to our rec staff.
Arts and crafts
Sledding/ Snow tubing
At Oneonta Job Corps Center, students find our recreational activities to be a
fun and exciting way to socialize or relax at the end of the day. We value our student's feedback and
conduct regular surveys to improve our recreational programs.
Student Programs & Organizations
We want your time with Job Corps to be enjoyable. Join an organization and make new friends!
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of our students and plays a key role in the operation of the center. We encourage all our students to join the SGA.
The SGA Council is composed of Executive Board officers, Vocational Representatives, and Area Student Leaders. The Executive Board members are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Community Coordinator. Vocational Representatives are student leaders representing each career training program on center. The Area Student Leaders are mentors, recreational aides, residential advisors, safety marshals, and student tour guides.
In their weekly meetings, SGA representatives make recommendations to the Center Director about rules affecting students including enforcement of rules. The Center Director also consults with the SGA before introducing new rules for students.
SGA members also have the responsibility to:
• Be a positive role model to the other students.
• Assist in the decision-making process with the Center Director and Senior Management Team relating to policies affecting student life on and off campus.
• Develop leadership skills.
• Practice self-government and have input on center policies.
• Learn and practice positive leadership and socialization skills.
• Assist with tours on center.
• Work with all departments through the SGA Committees.
• Host activities for the student body.
• Work closely with the Business-Community Liaison to bridge the gap between the Job Corps program and the community.
After 30 days of enrollment at our center, you may apply for the Leadership Training Class. After you complete three weeks of leadership training, you can apply for SGA membership.
Fostering positive relationships with the communities our centers are in is a key part of what Job Corps does. This can mean performing work in the neighborhood that aligns with a student's career pathway, such as building new playgrounds, patching up sidewalks, or cleaning up parks. At the Oneonta Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:
• City of Oneonta
• Habitat for Humanity
• Opportunities for Otsego
• Otsego Chamber of Commerce
• Riverside Elementary
JOB CORPS BENEFITS
Books and supplies
Job Corps provides, at no cost to you, any materials and supplies (i.e., books, workbooks, testing materials, specialized and safety equipment) you'll need to complete your academic and career training programs.
For students with dependent children, you may authorize $5, $10, or $15 to be deducted from your living allowance for childcare. Whichever amount you choose, Job Corps' contribution matches five times your contribution. For example, when you contribute $5, the center contributes $25 for a total allotment of $30. A check for the total allotment will be sent to your child's caregiver.
Clothing: for career training
Centers issue, at no cost to you, the uniforms, specialized and safety equipment, and clothing necessary to participate in your career technical training program.
After you have been in Job Corps for 30 to 90 days, you will be eligible to receive a clothing allowance of $100 to purchase additional personal clothing items. After that, students within 90 days of graduation from Job Corps can receive an additional $125, and students who enroll in Advanced Training are eligible for an additional $100.
Food: nutritious meals
Nutritious and well-balanced meals are prepared daily in the center's cafeteria at no cost to you. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an evening snack are served Monday through Friday. Brunch and dinner are served on weekends and holidays.
Health & Wellness: basic medical care
Our wellness center is open daily for basic medical, dental, optometrist, and mental health services which are provided for FREE to you.
Our staff of professionals provides basic health care services on a walk-in basis before class and during lunch hours. Appointments with the physician, nurse practitioner, dentist, or mental health consultant are scheduled by the nurse.
Upon arrival to our center, you will receive a physical examination which includes HIV and drug testing, immunization updates, and a dental examination.
The wellness center also provides 24-hour emergency medical services. Weight management, smoking cessation, pregnancy prevention, and other health-related programs.
Information and support groups are provided to students with a history of drug and/or alcohol issues. Outside resources are also available to help you maintain a clean and sober lifestyle while at Job Corps, as well as to assist you in making good lifestyle choices in the home and workplace.
Money: a living allowance
Job Corps pays you a living allowance in cash twice a month. New and readmitted students receive arrival pay in the amount of a $25.
After that, the amount of your base pay depends on the number of days you are eligible for payment. For days 1-182, you receive $25 every two weeks. After 183 days, pay is increased to $35.
Just like a real job, taxes are deducted, and you'll receive a W-2 at the end of each year.
Explore your journey at Oneonta Job Corps Center
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