Frequently Asked Questions

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of training is available at Ramey Job Corps?

Ramey Job Corps offers hands-on career technical training as well as academic training.

We can also help you get a GED or high school diploma. If you already have a high school diploma, you can still enroll in our career technical training and - if you qualify - participate in advanced study programs inside and outside of Job Corps. We can help you get into college, and we have an English Language Learning program for students whose primary language isn't English.

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What else does Ramey Job Corps have to offer?

Job Corps offers career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, residential housing, food service, driver's education, health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance and clothing allowance. We also offer childcare programs for single parents.

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Does it cost anything?

Job Corps is a federally-funded government program that has no cost to the students it trains. Students become qualified for careers as a vital part of the workforce.

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What are the rules at Ramey Job Corps?

Like any place, Ramey Job Corps has rules and regulations to follow. These rules are in place to help keep you safe, to help simulate the workforce environment, and to help eliminate distractions so you can succeed in academics and training. To provide the safest possible learning environment, Job Corps has a Zero Tolerance Policy against violence and drugs. Any student who violates this policy will be removed from the Job Corps program.

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Do I get paid while I am at Ramey Job Corps?

Job Corps pays you a biweekly living allowance while you are in the program. This living allowance is for personal expenses such as soap, toothpaste, and other needed items.

Job Corps can also help you get started after you graduate with a transition allowance. This allowance is based on your academic and career skills achievement while in Job Corps.

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Do I have to live at the center?

Although we have dormitories in which most of our students live, you don't have to live at Ramey Job Corps to be a student. We serve both residential and non-residential students. Your admissions specialist can provide you with details.

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Can I bring my child with me to Ramey Job Corps?

No. Our center does not offer any childcare programs on center. However, your admissions specialist can provide you with other childcare options.

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Who do I have to live with?

We have separate male and female dormitories with two floors each. Each student shares a room with two other students of the same sex.

If you have any questions about our facilities, please contact our admissions specialist Virginia Avilés by email: aviles.virginia@jobcorps.gov, or by phone: (787) 890-6515 or (787) 890-6516.

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What do I have to wear?

While you are responsible for providing your own everyday clothes, we have rules about your personal appearance. Generally articles of clothing with offensive wording, large amounts of jewelry or any items that promote drugs, alcohol, tobacco or violence are not allowed.

We require students to wear uniforms during the training day. Your uniform will be provided by the center.

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Can I take personal belongings to Ramey Job Corps?

Students should not bring expensive video and audio equipment, computers, and similar items. Students are expected to bring personal care and grooming items. Your admissions specialist can help you determine what items are appropriate to bring on center.

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Can I go home to visit?

Yes. Job Corps allows student to go home during winter break, summer break, and weekends. Winter and summer break each lasts about two weeks on average. If the student asks, he/she can stay on center during the weekend. Young people who live outside of Puerto Rico can ask their admissions specialist about staying on center.

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Can my family visit me on center?

Yes. Your parents or guardians are invited to visit you at the center. Please have them contact the center in advance of their visit.

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How long do I have to stay at Job Corps?

Job Corps is a self-paced program. That means you learn at your own pace. Depending on the career area you choose and the learning pace you set for yourself, training can take from eight months to two years to complete. We recommend that you remain on center for at least one year to gain the knowledge and social skills needed for your new career.

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What happens after I graduate from Ramey Job Corps?

Even before graduation, a case evaluator will help you to transition into your career. Our case evaluators help students practice interviewing for jobs, write resumes, and search for employment in their career fields.

For six months after you graduate, a Job Corps career transition specialist will keep in touch with you to make sure things are going well in your new career. If you have a specific problem about work, housing, or transportation, you can contact a Job Corps career transition specialist to help you reach your goals.

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Can Ramey Job Corps help me get into college after I graduate from the program?

Yes. Our Advanced Career Training (ACT) Program is a limited enrollment program for qualified students that covers the tuition costs of the first year of a participating college or other accredited institution.

Your transition specialist will ask you if you wish to enter advanced studies and/or to work. The specialist will assist you to get in to the college or work of your choice and meet your goals. There are Job Corps centers with advanced programs where you can increase the career technical skills that you learned at Ramey Job Corps. If you would like more information, just ask the case evaluator assigned to you during the Career Transition Period.

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What if I don't like it? Can I leave Job Corps?

Yes. No one will force you to stay if you're not happy at the center, but you must be committed to the program to benefit from it.

All we ask is that you try your best to succeed. We promise you this: It will be difficult sometimes, and we will challenge you. But if you don't quit on us, we won't quit on you.

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How do I enroll in Job Corps?

You can enroll in Job Corps by calling (787) 890-6516 or (787) 890-6515 today!

You can also speak to an admissions specialist by calling (800) 733-JOBS.

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Page last updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014