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Job Corps Scholars

Begin your journey to career success by attending Chemeketa tuition-free through the Job Corps Scholars program.

Job Corps Scholars is a program funded by the US Department of Labor designed to empower low income and at-risk youth and prepare them for employment by pursuing post-secondary education. The Chemeketa Job Corps Scholars program pays for the tuition and fees of students pursuing career technical education and academic programs designed to be completed in one year or less. Students will apply for financial aid to cover non-tuition costs.

Who can participate?

In order to join Job Corps Scholars, you must meet the following-

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, refugee, asylee or parolee, or other person authorized to work in the U.S. 
  • Ages 16-24
  • Qualify as low income

What to expect

Here's what you will receive during and after your time in Job Corps Scholars:

  • During your enrollment, you will pursue college preparation courses, general education courses and career technical training to ensure your readiness for life and work
  • You will be guided by a Success Coach, who will help you to stay on track with your goals
  • After finishing your studies, Chemeketa staff will guide you in your transition to employment, further education, an apprenticeship or enlistment in the military
  • We will provide support for up to one year after you complete your studies to ensure you meet your personal and career goals

How to join

Follow these steps to become a Job Corps Scholar:

  • Complete the interest form
  • We will contact you to schedule an interview
  • If you are eligible, you will submit an online application to the college. You will also submit documents to confirm that you meet the requirements for the program
  • If approved for admission to the program, you will attend orientation
  • You will complete placement assessment, then meet with an advisor before registering for classes

Eligible programs

The following Chemeketa programs are designed to be completed in one year or less:

AreaCertificate ProgramsCredits

Accounting Payroll 20
Accounting Tax Prep 16
Accounting 43
Data Analytics for Accounting 39
Automotive Tech Automotive Entry Level Technician 28
Automotive Body Repair 49
Building Inspection Building Inspection 41
Computer Information Systems Database Developer 30
Computer Programming 31
Web Developer 31
System Administration & Network Security 38
Computer Information Systems 42
Criminal Justice Basic Corrections 33
Basic Law Enforcement 38
Drafting Computer Assisted Drafting 44
Architectural Drafting 47
Early Childhood Education Preschool 18
Infant/Toddler 19
Electronics Electronics 43
Fire & Emergency Services Emergency Medical Technician 12
Health Services
Pharmacy Technician 52
Dental Assisting 54
Medical Assisting 41
Basic Nursing Assistant


155 hours

Hospitality & Tourism Management Event Management 36
Food & Beverage Management 36
Lodging Management 36
Tourism & Travel Management 36
Hospitality & Tourism Management 48
Machining Technology CAM Fundamentals 44
CNC Operator 41
Management Sustainability in Management 12
Procurement Certificate 28
Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management 36
Procurement Management 46
Micro Business Operations 24
Office Administration

Business Software 20
Office Fundamentals 37
Virtual Office Assistant 40
Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Pre-Apprenticeship 10
Construction Trades & Apprenticeship Readiness 16
Truck Driving Truck Driving Non-Credit
4-10 weeks
Welding MIG Welding 14
Arc Welding 22
Welding Technology 53

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