Job Corps students playing basketball during recreation time.

Center Life

A typical day at Pine Knot 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.


Pine Knot 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.

Activities include basketball, volleyball, tennis, flag football, soccer, softball, billiards, arts and crafts, as well as various competitions between dorms. Off-center trips are planned for the weekends and could include sporting events, camping, horseback riding, hiking, movies, shopping, and water park trips.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of our students and is very involved in the operation of the center. The SGA allows students to develop leadership skills and practice in self-government.

The SGA is led by an Executive Council elected by the students. There are five Executive Council positions: President, Vice President, Sergeant of Arms, Secretary, and Treasurer. All members of the SGA Executive Council must complete our Leadership Training Program.

Leadership Training Program

The Leadership Training Program is a two-day class that teaches students about dealing with peers, co-workers, supervisors, and subordinates. Any student that completes the leadership class may become a student leader and earn extra incentives. However, along with the incentives comes a lot of hard work and additional responsibilities.


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.

Our Student Handbook (198kb PDF file) includes the rules of behavior that we expect our students to follow.

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Page last updated: Friday, August 01, 2014