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Graduate benefits

At Job Corps, we will make sure you have the tools and resources you need in order to earn from what you learn. Here’s how:

Job Search Assistance

Work with our center staff to connect with employers.

Transition Allowance

Receive an allowance after graduation to help with the first few months of housing and living costs and transportation.

Career Counseling

Meet with our on-site career counselors to search for jobs, prepare for interviews and plan your career next steps.

Relocation Counseling

Speak with our counselors for tips and advice on moving to a new city for a job.

Advanced Training Opportunities

Build on your basic career training and keep strengthening your skills in the industry of your choice. Talk to your center staff for more information about an Advanced Training opportunity near you.

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Real stories

Job Corps works. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out a few of our graduate success stories.

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Alex
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
Advanced Manufacturing
After graduating from high school, Alex James worked at Walmart, JCPenney and a Vietnamese restaurant. He quickly realized he wanted more out of life. He didn’t just want a job; he wanted a career. 
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Cassandra
H-5 Construction
Construction
When Cassandra arrived at the Alaska Job Corps Center in 2019, she was looking for a way to make a stable income and set herself up for independence. Cassandra did not know she would soon end up as a leader in the Construction training program, a typically male-dominated industry. She never let being one of the only women in the shop stop her. Instead, she let it motivate her. Cassandra committed to working that much harder to prove her worth. She gave it her all, and it paid off.
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Rashaan
Microsoft
Information Technology
Rashaan built his first computer at the age of 13. Now, he works for one of the most recognizable names in information technology worldwide—but the journey to his current job wasn’t an easy one.
Success starts here

When it comes time to get a job, our staff will make sure you are connected with local employers. Oconaluftee Job Corps grads have been hired by:

  • BIA Fire
  • Asplundh
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Consolidated Met Co
  • MB Haynes Electrical
  • B.H. Graning Landscapes
  • Tsali Care Center
  • BIA Forestry
  • NC Works
  • Harrah’s Cherokee
  • NC Voc Rehab
  • KOA - Cherokee
  • USFS, Southern Research Station
  • National Forests of North Carolina
  • USFS, Uwharrie NF
  • USFS, Nantahala NF
  • USFS, Coweeta Hydrological Lab
  • USFS, Croatan NF