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Job Corps Scholars Program

Grants to USA Community Colleges to Promote
Employment and Career Success for Students

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U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) - Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

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01/08/20 4:00 PM Eastern Time Receipt


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Grants to USA public community colleges, historically Black IHEs, and tribally controlled IHEs for intensive counseling services for youth that support and promote employment and career success for students. Funding is intended for programs that serve low-income young adults, between 16 and 24, who have at least one characteristic that is a barrier to education and employment. The program anticipates serving approximately 1,600 students.

The Job Corps program helps young people between the ages of 16 and 24 from disadvantaged backgrounds complete their high school education and provides them with training to prepare them for meaningful careers. Job Corps seeks to give its students the opportunity to realize their full potential, gain new vocational and academic skills, and become mature, responsible and productive adults. The program will expect grant recipients to accomplish the following:

  • Provide career technical training to at-risk, Job Corps eligible youth;
  • Deliver intensive, individualized personal and employment counseling to Job Corps eligible students that improves student performance and employment outcomes;
  • Deliver a one-year certification program aimed at increasing the employment prospects for Job Corps eligible students, including increasing access to apprenticeship programs;
  • Provide opportunities for Job Corps eligible students to earn transferable academic credit hours. These hours may be earned as a part of the technical skills training certification coursework; and
  • Monitor student and program performance.

For additional information about the Job Corps Scholars Program, see:

Grantees must use the grant funds to pay for the tuition and fees of approximately 80 Job Corps eligible youth entering the program in two separate groups or cohorts of 40. Tuition associated with developmental education coursework that a student requires to enter the technical training component is eligible for funding under this program. Grantees must also use grant funds to hire at least two personal and career counselors, at least two employment counselors, and provide other supportive services and materials to the students in the demonstration project. Examples of expenditures for allowable supportive services and materials are below:

  • Laboratory and workshop fees associated with the career technical training/learning activities, classroom equipment, supplies, and materials (e.g., books and school supplies) personal to the student,
  • Student activity fees,
  • Parking decals and fees,
  • Transportation costs to and from home during the up to 12 months of technical training period and the up to 12 months of employment counseling portion of the program,
  • Meal or food vouchers for the technical training and employment counseling portions of the program, and
  • Any other costs included in the program’s cost of attendance, such as those in
  • Section 472 the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002).

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187311

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately twenty (20) grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards of $1,186,900. First year costs are estimated at $529,700, second year costs are estimated at $572,200, and year three costs are $85,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period of performance for this FOA is 39 months, with an anticipated start date of March 1, 2020. This performance period includes activities that can be found on page 14 of the FOA in Supporting Documents, below.

The length of any certificate program must not exceed 12 months if it is to be used for the Job Corps Scholars Program. However, grantees are not required to create new or modify their existing technical training certificate programs. Participants may be allowed more than 12 months to complete the training if the additional time is necessary to complete required developmental education coursework. The entire combined period of technical skills instruction and employment counseling/placement portions of the demonstration project must not exceed 24 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are accredited, two-year, public community colleges; accredited, public, two- and four-year historically Black colleges and universities or HBCUs, and accredited, two- and four-year tribal colleges and universities or TCCUs with at least one certification training program that can be completed in 12 months or less.

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.”

A tribal college or university is an institution that qualifies for funding under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) or the Navajo Community College Act (25 U.S.C. 640a note); or is cited in section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note).

Applicants are not required to have previously been a Job Corps contractor or center operator.

These students must be new enrollees, that is, not previously admitted or currently attending classes at the community college, HBCU, or TCCU. Transfer students are not considered new enrollees for the purpose of this program.

Grantees cannot use grant funds to provide grantee staff with training and counseling of any type, or to subsidize the career technical training and personal counseling of non-Job Corps Scholars.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received no later than January 8, 2020, 4:00 PM Eastern Time. You can submit your application either electronically via or in hard copy by mail or hand delivery (including overnight delivery).

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Address mailed applications to:

The U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration, Office of Grants Management
Attention: Melissa Abdullah, Grant Officer
Reference FOA-ETA-20-03
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N4716
Washington, DC 20210

Elizabeth DeHart, Grants Management Specialist

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