Scholarships available through the Job Corps Scholars program

Job Corps Scholars program applications are still open for eligible students. Terra State Community College partnered with Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) to provide free tuition for career technical training through the Job Corps Scholars grant.

Terra State is one of the 26 public colleges and universities nationwide to receive this grant, awarded from the U.S. Department of Labor in 2020 to provide at-risk youth with job skills instruction, educational opportunities and individualized employment counseling. Enrolled Job Corps Scholars students will earn academic credit hours during the program.

In this program, Job Corps Scholars students will receive $6,000 in tuition scholarships, student support services, apparel, paid work experiences, limited housing assistance and food vouchers for any student who has food insecurities.

In addition, Career Coaches will provide intensive personal and career counseling services to support and facilitate the completion of the program. Employment counseling services will also be provided, including a 12-month follow-up period of employment services which incorporates assistance in enrolling into an Apprenticeship program and/or job placement.

Many students have already taken advantage of the program, including current Job Corps Scholars students WenLong Chen and Osirus Johnson. “The Job Corps Scholars Program is helping me a lot, and in the past year, I did not have a job at all because I was afraid that I would be infected with the new virus. During that time, I had no income at all, but this college plan helped me a lot, so I am very grateful,” said Chen.

“My high school English teacher Mrs. Nye told me that the Job Corps Scholars Program could help me since I wanted to learn more about multimedia. I am glad to have tuition, housing and food provided. My career coach Lucille and tutor Joy have been helping me get my grades up. I’m thankful for the help they have been giving me,” said Johnson.

A total of 80 students can participate in the program. Eligibility requirements are listed below:

  • Must be a newly enrolled student
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen/Legal Resident/Deferred Action Status
  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 24 on date of enrollment
  • Must be meet low income guidelines
  • Must have barriers to education and employment
  • Must have registered for selective service
  • Must have education and training needs
  • Must be able to work in a group setting
  • Must not have disqualifying convictions
  • Must have parental consent if they are a minor

Eligible students must pursue credentials in Automotive Repair, Business & Technology, CDL/Truck Driving, General Business, Healthcare & Wellness, Information Technology, Manufacturing Foundation, Manufacturing/CAD, Office Administration, STNA (Nurses Aid) or Welding.

“The Job Corps Scholars Program provides our students with great opportunities and resources. It is amazing to see how our students can receive a certificate, employment or continue their education. However, my greatest joy is being there to help, coach and encourage them to succeed and become all they can be,” said Lucille Phillips, career coach.

Anyone interested in applying for the Job Corps Scholars program should contact Lucille Phillips with the GLCAP at 419.559.2427 or