Grant Details

Job Corps Scholars Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Employment and Training Administration (ETA)


    The Job Corps Scholars Program will enroll Job Corps eligible youth and provide those enrolled with intensive counseling services to support and facilitate each students employment and career success. 

    DOL expects grantees to provide these services throughout each students participation in the 12- month career technical training component of the Job Corps Scholars Program and the up to 12- month employment placement period following separation from the program. Grantees may also fund developmental coursework where necessary for student entry into the technical training component. The time necessary to complete such coursework does not count against the 12 months allotted for the career technical training component. Separation is defined, for the purpose of the demonstration project, as the successful completion and exit from the career technical training. All counseling should encompass activities that aim to ensure each students employment success. 

    Note: Students served must be new enrollees, that is, not previously admitted or currently attending classes at the community college, HBCU, or TCCU. Transfer students are not considered new enrollees for the purpose of this program. Participating students must meet the grantees existing admissions standards to participate in the program. Job Corps student code of conduct and disciplinary policies do not apply to the students in the Job Corps Scholars Program. However, students in the Job Corps Scholars Program must abide by all applicable student codes of conduct and are subject to the disciplinary policies of their grantee community college, HBCU, or TCCU. A Job Corps Scholars Program students withdrawal, dismissal, or other termination of enrollment in the community college, HBCU, or TCCU will result in the students termination from the Job Corps Scholars Program. 


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Grantees must use the grant funds to pay for the tuition and fees of approximately 80 Job Corps eligible youth entering the program in two separate groups or cohorts of 40. Tuition is the cost associated with taking each course; it is typically calculated per unit or credit hour. Tuition associated with developmental education coursework that a student requires to enter the technical training component is eligible for funding under this program.

    Grantees must use grant funds to hire at least 2 personal and career counselors, at least 2 employment counselors, and provide other supportive services and materials to the students in the demonstration project. Examples of expenditures for allowable supportive services and materials are below: 

    • laboratory and workshop fees associated with the career technical training/learning activities;
    • classroom equipment, supplies, and materials (e.g., books and school supplies) personal to the student;
    • student activity fees;
    • parking decals and fees;
    • transportation costs to and from home during the up to 12 months of technical training period and the up to 12 months of employment counseling portion of the program;
    • meal or food vouchers for the technical training and employment counseling portions of the program; and any other costs included in the programs cost of attendance, such as those in Section 472 the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002). 

    Grantee institutions have the flexibility to enroll more than 40 Job Corps Scholars per cohort. However, grantees must maintain the 20 students to one counselor ratio established by the grant and additional Job Corps Scholars grant funds will not be available. Job Corps Scholars participants may receive other funding, including Pell grants and other federal grant aid that may cover some or all of the tuition and fees. After applying other sources of aid, grantees must ensure they use Job Corps Scholars grant funds to cover any remaining tuition and fees. If a grantee has grant funds available after covering tuition and fees for its participants and hiring the four counselors described above, it may use remaining grant funds to enroll additional participants (provided tuition and fees are fully covered), hire additional counselors, or cover additional supportive services and materials from the list above. 

    The length of any certificate program must not exceed 12 months if it is to be used for the Job Corps Scholars Program. However, grantees are not required to create new or modify their existing technical training certificate programs. Participants may be allowed more than 12 months to complete the training if the additional time is necessary to complete required developmental education coursework. The entire combined period of technical skills instruction and employment counseling/placement portions of the demonstration project must not exceed 24 months. 

    Job Corps Scholars successfully completing the up to 12-month training component of the program must have earned a technical training certification and academic credit, if academic credit is incorporated into the certification coursework. These credits must be transferrable to 3 another degree program at the school or to another accredited two- or four-year academic institution should the student decide to continue his or her education in lieu of immediately entering into an apprenticeship or pursuing other employment. Grantees must provide Job Corps Scholars separating from the training component, and wanting to enter into the workforce but are not yet œjob attached, with up to 12 months of employment counseling as a part of the program. In addition to promoting being œjob attached, these grants support work-based learning solutions for industry and sustainable career pathways for the workforce by incorporating apprenticeships into offered employment counseling and placement. 

    Grantees will not be able to use grant funds to provide staff with training and counseling of any type, or to subsidize the career technical training and personal counseling of non-Job Corps Scholars. 


    Job Corps Scholars Program Contact

    Job Corps Scholars Program Contact
    200 Constitution Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20210

  • Eligibility Details

    Accredited, two-year, public community colleges, including public two- and four-year historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), as well as tribally controlled colleges and universities (TCCUs), will be eligible.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by January 8, 2020.

    Award Details

    Approximately $23,738,000 in grant funds is expected to be available for up to 20 awards. The grant period of performance for this FOA is 39 months and the maximum amount of each grant is $1,186,900. First year costs are estimated at $529,700, second year costs are estimated at $572,200, and year three costs are $85,000. 

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