Education Report Roundup

Federal Job Corps Program

By Debra Viadero — April 08, 2008 1 min read

“Job Corps”

The latest research review from the federal What Works Clearinghouse gives the federal Job Corps education and training program a “potentially positive” rating for its effectiveness at getting participating students to earn a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.

Begun in 1964 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, the Job Corps provides job placement and training to economically disadvantaged 16- to 24-year-olds, many of whom live in Job Corps centers while they’re enrolled.

Despite the program’s effect on completion, clearinghouse analysts concluded that it has “no discernible effects” on promoting students’ progress through the grades.

A version of this article appeared in the April 09, 2008 edition of Education Week