Department of Labor: Office of Job Corps
Job Corps Outreach, Admissions, Management & Oversight
Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years. The program helps eligible young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment.
The number of students entering Job Corps with identified or unidentified learning delays or disabilities in reading, writing, and mathematics has risen in recent years. In order for student to experience skill gains and be able to effectively apply those skills to their academic and career goals, they must receive ongoing support. Support will be individualized and adapted to their current skill level and designed to progressively build on the new skills that they have learned in Job Corps.
The Job Corps National Office has identified robust, evidence-based, web-based resources for Job Corps centers to use for enhancing teaching and learning for students. Centers will be required to implement these resources by making them available to all students as we call at Bizzell “Aspirant Learners”.
Bizzell partnered with NOJC on its “Pre-Enrollment and On-Center Student Supports” (PEOCSS) initiative whereby Bizzell developed strategies and approaches to improve student outcomes beginning in the pre-enrollment phase and continuing throughout students’ stay on-center. Bizzell assisted NOJC in researching and planning the implementation and management of new tools and resources to address three distinct, but inter-related work areas that focus on student service:
- Pre-enrollment (Outreach and Admissions)
- Tools for low-level learners (aspirant learners)
- Structured evening studies
In all areas of the project, Bizzell worked in close coordination with NOJC and other NOJC support contractors to meet project objectives and manage outcomes. Bizzell acted as a contributing change agent within Job Corps’ modernization efforts.
Bizzell is currently partnering with the National and Regional Offices of Job Corps to pilot a mentoring program with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., which will initially provide increased developmental support for students at the Potomac, Woodland, and Woodstock Job Corps Centers. After the mentoring program is piloted, evaluated and deemed successful, a national rollout plan will be developed and implemented. Bizzell’s CEO and several senior management associates are active members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and were heavily involved in the development of this partnership.
Bizzell and NOJC agree that developing mentoring partnerships to increase student support builds social capital for students and provides them with opportunities to learn about real-life and work expectations. Bizzell recognizes that the culture of today’s workforce and industries necessitate further development of students’ soft skills, including life skills and interpersonal skills, which will help to ensure that they maximize their potential for career placement and sustainability.
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