Gadsden Job Corps Center


Name of Project

Gadsden Job Corps Center

Gadsden, Alabama

U.S. Department of Labor

Description of Work

The Gadsden Job Corps Center is a tuition-free training and education program that connects eligible young men and women with the skills and educational opportunities they need to establish real careers.  The center teaches eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.

Unique Challenges

Chugach deploys several programs to retain and teach assist at-risk youth.  Potential students have not been exposed to a disciplined education or work environment.  They lack the social skills to effectively communicate.  They have not been exposed to programs that foster positive expression and build confidence. 


Center staff make pre-arrival phone calls and tailors literacy and numeracy curricula.  Chugach monitors, reviews and adjust every element of this strategy to continually improve student outcomes.  The Center’s Director leverages relationships among community partners to host art, yoga, and modern dance classes.  Students who participate in these recreation classes learn how to express their emotions through these outlets, giving them the opportunity to practice new ways of communicating and instill life-long habits.  This positive culture changed negative behaviors through skill building.