Job Corps

Life. Changing. Careers Start Here!

Job Corps logoJob Corps is the largest education and training program in the country. It’s for students ages 16 to 24 who meet eligibility guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Labor. And participation is FREE.

You get a tuition-free education and help with other costs while you’re enrolled and successfully completing a Job Corps sponsored program. You gain technical skills, earn certifications, and find employment in your field of study. In other words, all the skills you need to lead a successful, independent life.

When you’re ready, we’re ready. Let’s get started! Ottumwa Job Corps Center



Your Job Corps Getting Started Guide

Check Your Eligibility

Nursing student

Generally, Job Corps students:

  • Are 16 through 24 years old
  • Are low-income individuals
  • Meet citizenship, residency, DACA or other approved status requirements
  • Meet background requirements
  • Are ready and motivated to succeed

See Full Eligibility Requirements

Find Your Career

Robotics/Automation Technology student

  • Nursing
  • Dental Assisting
  • Diesel Technology
  • Electrical & Renewable Energy
  • Engineering
  • HVAC & Refrigeration
  • Laser & Optics Technology
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Welding Technology

View All 30+ Programs

Apply & Enroll

Welding student

  1. Start with the MyJobCorps Express Interest Tool
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – the IHCC school code is 008298
  3. Apply for admission to Indian Hills student and enroll in a Job Corps sponsored program
  4. Submit your ACT scores or take the Accuplacer test

Claim Your Benefits

Diesel Technology student

  • Tuition-free enrollment and other financial aid
  • Assistance with books, uniforms, supplies, tools, and testing fees
  • Medical insurance assistance
  • Personalized and consistent educational support
  • Bi-weekly stipend of $40 for the first 180 days of sponsorship, then $70 after 180 days until finished
  • $390 per term for meal plan (4 meals per week)
  • Allotment for interview or work clothing with completion of your program
  • $500 upon completion of your program
  • Career transition services for one year after graduation


Meet Your Next Employer

You’ll find Ottumwa Job Corps graduates building great careers at…

Unity Point Clinics & Hospitals
Hy-Vee Distribution Center
Kraft Heinz Company
Hon Office Furniture
Cambridge Investment Research
Lineage Logistics


Everything You Need to Know About Job Corps

How It Works
Full Eligibility Guidelines
Required Documentation
Academic & Career Advising
Attendance & Accountability

Connect with a Job Corps Advisor

Andrea Edge, Job Corps Coordinator
(641) 683-5230 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5230
[email protected]  

Erin Clary, Career Counselor
(641) 683-5112 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5112
[email protected]  

Heather Morehouse, Career Counselor
(641) 683-5111, ext. 1714 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1714
[email protected]