The Job Corps is not for everyone, do thorough research before you join one. The Job Corps is a program funded and operated by the United States department of labor. It provides career and technical training to students aged 16 to 24 all around the United States. The training is provided free of cost to all individuals that qualify. Not only do you not have to pay for the training, you also get a living allowance and accommodation while you’re getting trained.
How do I get free CNA classes from the Job Corps?
1) You first locate a Job Corps centre near you. This is easy since there are more than three in most states. You can find the list here: http://www.recruiting.jobcorps.gov/en/centers.aspx
2) You visit the centre near you and enrol in the Nursing assistant program. Its that easy!
Do I have to live at the Job Corps for the duration of my training?
Not really. Some Centres allow for the possibility of staying off their premises and only showing up for the classes. You will have to call up the centre near you and see if they allow for this. It is however recommended to stay at the Job Corps Centre since you receive free basic medical care as well as dental. For more reasons to live at the centre check this out: http://www.recruiting.jobcorps.gov/en/benefits/centerlife.aspx
What other training options does the Job Corps provide?
Job Corps offers free training in several health occupations: C.N.A., L.P.N., Clinical Medical Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician and Pharmacy Technician. The C.N.A. program takes approximately 4 months. Students can also get a GED or high school diploma while they learn a trade at Job Corps. Since students can stay in Job Corps up to two years (free housing, meals, training, education, etc. for two years), many decide to stay and go on to LPN or one of the other areas of study.
Is the Job Corps for everyone?
No it isn’t. Even if you qualify by being between 18 to 24 years old, it might just not be the right fit for you. There are a lot of rules you need to follow and adhere to. Some people may get offended by the amount of discipline enforcement done within the centre. If you’re someone whose goal is to simply benefit from the education regardless of the environment then maybe it is for you. You should contact someone who’s been in the Job Corps before to see if it is the right fit for you.