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Getting Started

History of Job Corps

Job Corps was first created in 1964 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty and Great Society initiatives that aimed to expand economic and social opportunities for all Americans, especially minorities and the poor.  The goal – then and now – has been to train students needing skills for meaningful employment.  Today, over 2 million students have graduated from Job Corps.

Mission Statement

At Job Corps at the College of Southern Idaho, our mission consists of:

Empowering each student to earn excellence in Academics, Life Skills, and Career Readiness. 

We value accountability, positivity, flexibility, support, communication, and wholesome recreation, in the discharge of our obligations to the College of Southern Idaho Job Corps Program.

Why Job Corps?

The Idaho Job Corps program helps young people improve the quality of their lives by connecting them to career technical and academic training to prepare them for careers in high-demand occupations.

We are pleased to offer the following valuable services to Job Corps students:

  • Tuition assistance
  • Basic life skills classes
  • Recreation activities
  • Weekly meals and stipend
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Assistance with childcare
  • One-on-one case management
  • Transportation assistance
  • Job placement support
  • Access to campus services and activities


Job Corps in the 21st Century

Where yesterday’s Job Corps program required students to live on-site, much has changed today:

Job Corps Today

Job Corps Before

  • Students do not need to leave their home/community.
  • Offering career technical and academic training to help local communities have access to skilled labor.
  • The Idaho Department of Labor has partnered with four Idaho community colleges to provide Idaho Job Corps programs and services.
  • Students will be enrolled at CSI and provided full campus access.
  • Students had to live on-site and could only leave on weekends.
  • Some locations were far away from places of employment.
  • Less community-focused
  • People assumed the program was only for troubled youth.