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Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Established by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the Job Corps is a unique residential training program designed to provide disadvantaged men and women between the ages of 16 and 21 with the education, training, self-discipline and responsibility to become productive members of society. Since the opening of the. First Job Corps Center in January 1965, nearly 150,000 poverty youth have undergone Job Corps training. The Job. Corps attempts to provide education and training to allow these young adults the chance at a successful and productive life. The task before the Job Corps is not an easy one. Initially, the youths must be convinced that they can change their lives or without the desire on the part of the individual, efforts put forth by Job Corps personnel would almost certainly be fruitless. Job Corps has been quite successful in attracting enrollees. After reaching a high of 42,032 corpsmen in fiscal year 1967, which was only 127 short of capacity, 16 centers were closed due to insufficient productivity. Since then seven new centers have been opened for a total of -114 nationwide.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Job Corps (U.S.)
Boxelder Job Corps (Nemo, S.D.)
Vocational education
Economic assistance, Domestic -- United States



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South Dakota State University