Examines the impact of Job Corps on participants who achieve two milestones—completing a vocational training program and/or attaining a GED—as part of a series of evaluations of Job Corps.

“Job Corps plays a central role in federal efforts to provide employment assistance to disadvantaged youths ages 16 to 24. The program’s goal is to help these individuals become ‘more responsible, employable, and productive citizens’ by providing them with comprehensive services that include basic education, vocational skills training, counseling, and residential support” (p.viii). The report seeks to “provide program operators and others with information about how specific programmatic achievements contribute to observed average impacts. [The study] estimate[s] the impacts on quarterly earnings during the 48-month period after application for eligible applicants who attain key program milestones, as well as for those who do not achieve those milestones” (p.viii). The report also includes a discussion of policy implications and the limitations of the findings. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Full publication title: National Job Corps Study: Assessing Program Effects on Earnings for Students Achieving Key Program Milestones

Major Findings & Recommendations

Finding highlights may be found below: • “Among participants, we find that nearly all of the positive program impacts on earnings accrue to those who accomplish one of the two major milestones – completing a vocation or attaining a GED. In contrast, students who participate but fail to complete a vocation or earn a GED derive no benefit from Job Corps” (p.ix). • “We also estimated the impacts of achieving specific program milestones separately by age and found that the general conclusions described above hold for each of the age groups (16–17, 18–19, 20+)” (p.x). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)