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Job Corps is the nation's largest FREE education and job training program for young adults.

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A Day in the Life at Job Corps

A typical day at Grafton Job Corps Center is full of activities to help our students prepare for the real world. Students get up early and spend the majority of their day receiving academic and hands-on career technical training.

After class, students study or hang out with friends before dinner in the cafeteria. After dinner, students may do chores in their dorms, study, attend high school classes or tutoring, or participate in clubs and team sports. Most students are in bed by 10:00 PM in order to rest for the next day's tasks.

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A Day in the Life at Job Corps

A typical day at Grafton Job Corps Center is full of activities to help our students prepare for the real world. Students get up early and spend the majority of their day receiving academic and hands-on career technical training.

After class, students study or hang out with friends before dinner in the cafeteria. After dinner, students may do chores in their dorms, study, attend high school classes or tutoring, or participate in clubs and team sports. Most students are in bed by 10:00 PM in order to rest for the next day's tasks.

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Facilities

The Grafton Job Corps Center is located on a 42-acre campus in North Grafton, Massachusets, approximately 5 miles from Worcester in what was once the Grafton State Hospital. Grafton serves both residential students and non-residential students.


Dorms


Cafeteria


Center Store


Wellness Center


Gym/ Fitness Center

Recreational Activities

We want you to have a fun time! Feel free to suggest additional activities to our rec staff.


Aerobics


Arts and crafts


Basketball


Dances


Dodgeball


Flag football


Games


Hiking


Movies


Music


Outings


Reading


Skating


Soccer


Softball


Video games


Volleyball


Weightlifting

At Grafton 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 of 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.

Dance

Experience the wonder of dance and the joy of performing in a safe and supportive environment with Dance Club. Students are exposed to an array of dance styles and learn to see dance as an art, a way of expression. Like any art, the emotions and messages it can convey are limited only by the dancer’s imagination, from simple expressions of fun and joy to deeper, more poignant messages. In addition to making new friends and learning new dance styles, studying dance can lead to better balance and more fluid movement in everything you do.

Theater

Students who join the center’s Theater Club will be introduced to the different aspects of the theater and performance including acting, directing, improv, writing, play production, stage work, and much more. The club will emphasize creative thinking skills and teamwork and will provide students with enriched learning experiences in the performing arts. Along the way, members will develop poise, social skills, and confidence.

All skill levels are welcome, from seasoned veterans of the theater to curious beginners.

Writing group

The Writing Group is open to all students interested in writing poetry, short stories, novels, plays, song lyrics, graphic novels, and any other literary genre. The goal of the group is to provide a positive and supportive environment for aspiring student writers to grow. The group will also show students how to harness their innate creativity effectively with a variety of contests, workshops, and exercises. Finally, the club is just a great place to connect with students who share your passion to create.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

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 Grafton Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:

  • Food Pantry Services
  • National Night Out
  • Trail cleanups
  • Walk for Hunger
JOB CORPS BENEFITS
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.
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.
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.
Our wellness center is open Monday-Friday 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.
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.
Students who live off campus are provided free transportation to and from our center.
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Campus Safety

Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe and secure environment. That's why we have a Zero Tolerance Policy for violence and drugs. Any student who breaks this policy will be dismissed immediately from Job Corps.

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Campus Safety

Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe and secure environment. That's why we have a Zero Tolerance Policy for violence and drugs. Any student who breaks this policy will be dismissed immediately from Job Corps.

Explore your journey at Grafton Job Corps Center

Learn more about our program by diving into the pillars of success.

LIVE

Explore life at the center

Explore the Perks

LEARN

Earn & further your education

Find your Purpose

TRAIN

Get hands on training

Master a Trade

CONNECT

Prepare for the working world

Grow your Career