EDISON, NJ — Edison Job Corps Academy (EJCA), established in 1964, is a free education and career technical training program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

EJCA, the nation’s largest free education and job training program for young adults, operates on four pillars: Live, Learn, Train and Connect.

Live refers to residing on campus in the dorms and taking advantage of extracurricular activities in addition to regular classes. Learning is classroom time and studying. The hands-on work experience that is coordinated with members of the trade is the Training. Connect refers to the graduate support provided by EJCA.

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Its mission is to provide career technical and academic training to young people between the ages of 16 to 24, and to enable them to improve the quality of their lives by acquiring meaningful jobs.

Eligible individuals learn the skills they need to be employable and independent. They are also prepared to continue their education if they choose to.

Academic training includes basic reading and math. EJCA’s website states that it also offers courses in “independent living, employability skills and career success skills… to help students transition into the workplace.”

According to EJCA Business Community Liaison Julia Gibson, “We offer competitive certifications, residential housing, food service, driver's education, health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance, and a clothing allowance.”

Gibson added, “The Edison Job Corps is free to attend, and we are available to provide career technical training to students living in New Jersey and nationally.”

In the evenings, students can choose from high school classes, tutoring, professional development opportunities, clubs, team sports, enrichment and recreational activities.

EJCA’s work-based learning program enables students to augment the knowledge they learn in technical class with hands-on opportunities. By working for and with a professional in the field, students learn good work habits, understand the industry, and become more motivated to complete their education so they can begin working in their chosen profession.

Gibson stated, “Most people do not realize how large a program Job Corps is and we welcome new students to enroll. We offer different career technical training areas.”

Those areas include:

  • A+ Administrator & Advanced Plumbing
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Bricklaying Pre-Apprentice
  • Building Construction Technology Pre-Apprentice
  • Carpentry Pre-Apprentice
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Culinary Arts Electrical Trainee Pre-Apprentice
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Office Administration

Advanced career vocational training after graduation teaches students additional skills for their chosen profession. Programs are 8-12 months of accelerated study and provide more training, techniques and credentials.

The advanced programs are Advanced Auto Diesel/Collision, Advanced Microsoft Certified Solutions and Advanced Plumbing.

EJCA graduates are given (up to) a $1,000 transition allowance to help pay for transportation, housing services and job placement. Graduates also benefit from career and relocation counseling services.

The EJCA is hosting a Zoom Virtual Career Fair on November 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

EJCA is seeking business owners and organizations with open positions to sign up for the Career Fair.
The objective of the job fair is to provide a means to help their clients find jobs and to aid community businesses in finding well-trained and qualified employees.

Email Gibson.Julia@jobcorps.org  or call (732) 421-1848 to sign up for the Virtual Career Fair.

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