The Job Corps program offers hands-on training in more than a hundred career fields, as well as classes to earn a high school diploma or GED. The program operates five campuses across Texas. Lonnie Hall heads the Gary Job Corps Center in San Marcos, which trains applicants from Houston.
“The application flow is normally a little less during the Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday season, but it’s normally a steady flow. And after the first of the year, it picks up tremendously.”
The program provides qualified low-income students with room and board at its centers, as well as basic medical care, and living allowances. It offers career placement services to students for up to a year after graduation, along with assistance in relocating for work and finding housing.