Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center

An Effective Practice


The Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center offers young adults vocational and academic training in a supportive and safe environment, completely free of charge. It is a full-time, year-round program providing a wide array of skills training, education and support services including housing, meals, medical care, and career counseling. A variety of course offerings, including basic education leading to a GED or high school diploma, vocational training in eight skill areas, basic computer skills, basic employment skills, health and wellness education, and training in cultural diversity, are available. Through the Career development Services System (CDSS), trainees are supported as they move through our program, ensuring success at every stage of training from admissions through job placement.

Goal / Mission

It is the mission of the Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center to create a pathway of economic success for disadvantaged youth through a career service delivery system. The program strives to teach marketable skills in a safe and supportive setting, and to find meaningful employment for students when they leave the program.

Results / Accomplishments

Since 1979 when the Center opened, over 10,000 young men and women have graduated to begin careers, enter college or enlist in the military. Between 25% and 30% of the youth enrolled at the Center are youth with identified disabilities.

During the 2003-2004 program year, the Center claimed the following results:

-56.7% of participants earned a high school diploma or GED
-69.0% of participants earned a vocational completion certificate
-88.9% of participants were placed in jobs, school, or the military

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Elaine Rodriguez
Tucson Job Corps Center
901 S Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 879-9226
Education / Vocational & Adult Education
Education / Student Performance K-12
Economy / Employment
Tucson Job Corps Center
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Date of implementation
Tuscon, AZ
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