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Job Corps is the nation's largest FREE education and job training program for young adults.

Academic Training Overview

Academic Training Overview

In addition to career training, Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center also provides academic training, including basic reading and math. Courses in independent living, employability skills, and career success skills are offered to help students transition into the workplace. We also have several academic programs to help our students achieve their full potential.

Academic Programs

Job Corps provides a very structured environment that will prepare you for the workplace.

Online High School Diploma

We offer a high school diploma through Middleton Online High School This is a great option for older students with few credits and a limited amount of time to complete the program. The TABE requirements to enter the online high school diploma program are scores of 550 in reading and 520 in math. This program is mostly book-based with tests being taken on the computer. There are 18 credits needed to graduate. This program is being offered through partnerships with New Learning Resources Online and Penn Foster.

High school equivalency program

The GED program is offered daily on center. The GED is a series of five tests. The score for each test must be at least 410 to pass the test. A total of 2250 points is needed to pass the GED. To qualify to take a test, a student must first pass a book test with the GED instructor. Then, the student must pass an official practice test with the Testing Administrator. Then, the student will get scheduled for the official state test. The TABE requirements to enter the GED program are scores of 550 in reading and 520 in math. A night school program is also offered Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m., which includes academic tutoring and extra study time.

Basic Skills

Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Classes The TABE classes are designed to be short-term refresher courses on basic material. The literacy class is designed to improve comprehension or the ability to remember what was read. Literacy Our literacy program is the Read180 program by Scholastic. It is the most researched program for young adults. We have a high rate of success in raising students' reading comprehension levels. There is also a writing portion which assists students in learning to write both for business and for fun. Math Our math program is skills-based and self-paced. The math instruction is over the basic areas covered on the TABE. As such, it is mostly a refresher course of things people have forgotten or not used in a long time. There is also a focus on life-skills math such as taxes, check books, credit cards, etc.

Tutors and academic support

Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math, reading, and writing by instructors or by fellow students (Peer Student Tutors). Students interested in getting into a tutoring program may contact their instructors or the Academic Manager.


The College Program is an advanced training program. To qualify for this program, a student must have a high school diploma or GED (from our center or another educational facility) and have successfully completed a vocational trade at Job Corps. Benefits of the College Program include: • academic advisement, mentoring, and tutoring • paid tuition, fees, books, and supplies • housing and recreation • meals provided by Job Corps, on-and-off center • transportation to and from college of choice This program is offered through partnerships with Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Grand Valley State University

English Language Learning

Students needing to learn English can enter our English Language Learning (ELL) program. Students in the ELL program are tested regularly to determine their language proficiency levels. This program is offered through a partnership with the West Michigan Literacy Council.

Driver Education

Driver's Education is available to all students needing their driver's license.

Career Success Standards (CSS)

Behavioral expectations in the areas of employability, social development, and independent living skills


Workplace Relationships and Ethics

Productively interact with co-workers and deal with problems and situations with honesty, integrity and responsibility.



Listen actively, follow directions and communicate with others to solve problems and accomplish tasks.


Personal Growth and Development

Personal skills, attributes and behaviors that foster confidence and drive for life-long growth.


Interpersonal Skills

Get along with others and adjust to a variety of social and professional situations.


Information Management

Interpret and evaluate data, organize and maintain information, and use technology to perform work.


Multicultural Awareness

Value diversity, while practicing cultural sensitivity, and the ability to work with people of different backgrounds and cultures.


Career and Personal Planning

A personal plan that outlines a step-by-step process for entering and advancing in a fulfilling career.


Independent Living

Find, manage and use resources to maintain employment, satisfy physical and emotional needs, and lead a productive and independent life.


Continuous Learning

Continually grow and assess personal strengths and areas for development, set learning goals, and identify and access learning opportunities.


Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Solve problems by seeking and evaluating different points of view and utilizing different resources to reach decisions.

The way we prepare you for the workforce has changed during Job Corps' 50 years. The growth of new technology, its impact on your education and the workplace, and the surge in various high-growth industries continuously creates new opportunities to learn and grow. Job Corps is responding to this opportunity with the Career Success Standards, a set of ten behavioral expectations in the areas of employability, social development, and independent living skills.

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