Frequently Asked Questions

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of training is available at Pine Knot Job Corps?

Pine Knot Job Corps offers hands-on career technical training as well as academic training. We can also help you get a GED or high school diploma. For more information, please see our Career Training and Academics pages.

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What else does Pine Knot Job Corps have to offer?

Job Corps offers career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, residential housing, food service, driver's education, health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance and clothing allowance. Some centers offer childcare programs for single parents as well.

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Does it cost anything?

Job Corps has no cost to its students or their families.

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What are the rules at Pine Knot Job Corps?

Our Student Handbook (198 kb PDF file) includes the rules of behavior that we expect our students to follow. These rules are in place to help keep you safe, to help simulate the workforce environment, and to help eliminate distractions so you can succeed in academics and training. To provide the safest possible learning environment, Job Corps has a Zero Tolerance Policy against violence and drugs. Any student who violates this policy will be removed from the Job Corps program.

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Do I get paid while I am at Pine Knot Job Corps?

Throughout your training, you will receive a basic living allowance. As your training progresses, your living allowance will increase. Job Corps can also help you get started after you graduate with a transition allowance. This allowance is based on your academic and career skills achievement while in Job Corps.

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Do I have to live at the center?

Yes. All of our students are required to live in the dormitories on our campus.

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Can I bring my child with me to Pine Knot Job Corps?

Pine Knot Job Corps does not offer childcare on center. Your admissions counselor will explain what options are available.

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Who do I have to live with?

Our male students live in one of three dormitories. Our female students live in a split dormitory of their own. There are four students to each dorm room. Your room will be assigned to you by the center.

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What do I have to wear?

"Dress for Success" is our dress policy which is detailed in our Student Handbook (198kb PDF file).

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Can I take personal belongings to Pine Knot Job Corps?

Students should not bring expensive video and audio equipment, computers, and similar items. Students are expected to bring personal care and grooming items. Your admissions counselor can help you determine what items are appropriate to bring on center.

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When can I go home to visit?

Job Corps will provide your transportation to and from home for your initial trip to the center, during the winter and summer breaks, and returning to your home when you leave the program. Any other trips home must be arranged and paid for by the student. Travel costs for winter and summer breaks are considered taxable by the Federal Government. Taxes will be taken out of your living allowance.

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Can my family visit me on center?

Yes. Your parents or guardians are invited to visit you at the center. Please have them contact the center in advance of their visit.

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How long do I have to stay at Job Corps?

Job Corps is a self-paced program. That means you learn at your own pace. Depending on the career area you choose and the learning pace you set for yourself, training can take from eight months to two years to complete. We recommend that you remain on center for at least one year to gain the knowledge and social skills needed for your new career.

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What happens after I graduate from Pine Knot Job Corps?

Even before graduation, our staff will assist you in conducting a job search. They can also help direct you to social services such as health care, housing, legal assistance and child care. For up to 21 months after you graduate, a Job Corps Career Transition Specialist will keep in touch with you to make sure things are going well in your new career.

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Can Pine Knot Job Corps help me get into college after I graduate from the program?

We have cooperative agreements with community colleges or related institutions to teach career area courses or to have individual students take courses to gain college credit. We can work with students to help them transfer into college programs when appropriate.

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What if I don't like it? Can I leave Job Corps?

Yes. No one will force you to stay if you're not happy at the center, but you must be committed to the program to benefit from it. All we ask is that you try your best to succeed. We promise you this: It will be difficult sometimes, and we will challenge you. But if you don't quit on us, we won't quit on you. Last year, 90 percent of Job Corps graduates found work, enrolled in higher education programs, or enlisted in the military.

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How do I enroll in Job Corps?

You can enroll in Job Corps by calling (800) 733-JOBS.

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Page last updated: Friday, August 01, 2014