Frequently Asked Questions

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of training is available at Iroquois Job Corps?

Iroquois Job Corps offers hands-on career technical training as well as academic training. We can also help you get a high school equivalency certificate or a high school diploma. For more infomation, please see our Career Training and Academics pages.

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What else does Iroquois Job Corps have to offer?

Job Corps offers career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, residential housing, food service, driver's education, health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance, child allotment, and clothing allowance.

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Does it cost anything?

Job Corps has no cost to its student employees or their families.

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What are the rules at Iroquois Job Corps?

Like any place, Iroquois Job Corps has rules and regulations to follow. We have a dress code you will be expected to adhere to, rules against bullying and gang activity, and we monitor our student employees for a pattern of inappropriate behavior. These rules are in place to help keep you safe, to help simulate the workforce environment, and to help eliminate distractions so you can succeed in academics and training. To provide the safest possible learning environment, Job Corps has a Zero Tolerance Policy against violence and drugs. Any student who violates this policy will be removed from the Job Corps program.

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Do I get paid while I am at Iroquois Job Corps?

Throughout your training, you will receive a basic living allowance. As your training progresses, your living allowance will increase and can also assist you getting started after you graduate with a transition allowance. This allowance is based on your academic and career skills achievement while in Job Corps.

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Do I have to live at the center?

Student employees live on campus at Iroquois Job Corps. Please check with your admissions counselor for details.

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Can I bring my child with me to Iroquois Job Corps?

No. We do not offer any childcare assistance at our center. Your admissions counselor will explain what options are available.

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Who do I have to live with?

Our student employees live in four separate dormitories (two for males and two for females). You may share a dorm room with up to six roommates. Your room will be assigned to you by the center upon your arrival.

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What do I have to wear?

While you are responsible for providing your own everyday clothes, we have rules about personal appearance. Generally, articles of clothing or jewelry depicting violence, sex or nude scenes, bearing profanity, references to drugs, alcohol or tobacco, inappropriate slogans or otherwise provocative in nature is not permitted at any time.

Student employees are issued workplace attire upon entry into Iroquois Job Corps. Workplace attire must be worn every training day from 8:00 AM to 3:40 PM. Shirts must be tucked in and pants belted at the waist. Back packs, CD players, game systems, MP3 players, cell phones, or other electronic devices are not to be visible or used during the training day. Student employees who show up for training in anything other than their workplace attire will be sent to purchase workplace attire needed to meet the dress code.

Student employees are responsible for the care and maintenance of their workplace attire which must be kept neat and clean. Daily personal hygiene is also required.

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Can I take personal belongings to Iroquois Job Corps?

Student employees should not bring expensive video and audio equipment, computers, and similar items. Students are expected to bring personal care and grooming items. Your admissions counselor can help you determine what items are appropriate to bring on center.

Be aware that you can receive and send mail. The cell phone service is limited in the area; contact us for further information about cell phone service that works on center.

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When can I go home to visit?

Job Corps will provide your transportation to and from home for your initial trip to the center, during the winter and summer breaks, and returning to your home when you leave the program. Any other trips home must be arranged and paid for by the student employee.

Local student employees from Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Rochester must pay a bus fee to the Student Government Association when going home on the weekends via center transportation. Travel costs outside of our local area (Syracuse, New York City, New Jersey, etc.) are at the student employee's expense.

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Can my family visit me on center?

Yes. Your parent(s) or guardian(s) are invited to visit you at the center. There is a visitation process that requires paperwork to be filed and approved with at least 48 hours notice before your visitors arrive.

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How long do I have to stay at Job Corps?

Job Corps is a self-paced program which means you learn at your own pace. Depending on the career area you choose and the learning pace you set for yourself, training can take anywhere from six months up to two years to complete. We recommend that you remain on center for at least one year to gain the knowledge and skills needed for your transition.

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What happens after I graduate from Iroquois Job Corps?

Even before graduation, our staff will assist you in conducting a job search. They can also help direct you to job fairs, job leads, social services such as health care, housing, legal assistance and child care. For six months after you graduate, a Job Corps career transition specialist will keep in touch with you to make sure things are going well in your new career.

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Can Iroquois Job Corps help me get into college after I graduate from the program?

We have cooperative agreements with community colleges or related institutions to teach career area courses or to have individual student employees take courses to gain college credit. We can work with students to help them transfer into college programs when appropriate.

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What if I don't like it? Can I leave Job Corps?

Yes. No one will force you to stay if you're not happy at the center, but you must be committed to the program to benefit from it. All we ask is that you try your best to succeed. We promise you this: it will be difficult sometimes, and we will challenge you. But if you don't quit on us, we won't quit on you. Last year, 90 percent of Job Corps graduates found work, enrolled in higher education programs, or enlisted in the military.

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How do I enroll in Job Corps?

You can enroll in Job Corps by calling (800) 733-JOBS.

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Page last updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014