Student loading a washing machine

Center Life

A typical day at Gerald R. Ford Job Corps is full of activities to help our students prepare for the real world. Students get up early and spend the majority of their day receiving academic and hands-on career technical training.

After class, students study or hang out with friends before dinner in the cafeteria. After dinner, students may do chores in their dorms or spend their downtime studying. Most students are in bed by 10 PM in order to rest for the next day's tasks.


Gerald R. Ford Job Corps boasts one of the best recreation programs in the nation. Students find our recreational activities to be a fun and exciting way to meet new friends, socialize, and just relax and unwind at the end of the day. Some of the activities we offer are billiards, ping pong, air hockey, foosball, darts, arts and crafts, choir, a movie room, and video games.

Two students playing pool

Varsity Team

Our students can participate in men's and women's varsity teams in such sports as basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball. Our varsity teams compete in community tournaments and leagues and against teams from other Job Corps centers. We also have a cheerleading squad that appears at our basketball games.

Intramural Program

We have a intramural program that features competitions between our student dormitories. Students can compete as teams in such activities such as tennis, volleyball, basketball, softball, physical fitness, track and field, bingo, bowling, billiards, table tennis, horse shoes, card games, and board games.

Cultural and Social Events

We have events on and off center such as dances and plays. We also schedule off center trips for camping, bowling, movies, sporting events and other activities around the Grand Rapids area.


Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe and secure environment. That's why we have a Zero Tolerance Policy for violence and drugs. Any student who breaks this policy will be dismissed immediately from Job Corps.

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Page last updated: Friday, August 02, 2013