Job Corps Outreach, Admissions, Management and Oversight

Department of Labor: Office of Job Corps

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL): National Office of Job Corps (NOJC)

THE CHALLENGE

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. Ongoing support is essential for students to experience skill gains and be able to effectively apply those skills to their academic and career goals.

THE STRATEGY

Bizzell worked closely with the National Office of Job Corps (NOJC) to identify strategic opportunities to enhance programming that would ensure student success. Student support will be individualized and adapted to students’ current skill level and designed to progressively build on the new skills that they have learned in Job Corps. NOJC 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.

THE OUTCOMES

Bizzell acted as a contributing change agent within Job Corps’ modernization efforts, working closely with NOJC and other support contractors to meet project objectives and manage outcomes across strategies to improve student success through enhanced programming and mentoring.

  • Bizzell partnered with NOJC on its Pre-Enrollment and On-Center Student Supports (PEOCSS) initiative to develop 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: 1) Pre-enrollment (Outreach and Admissions) 2) Tools for low-level learners (aspirant learners), and 3) Structured evening studies.
  • Bizzell is piloting 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 roll out plan will be developed and implemented.