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Academic Classes
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Earn your high school diploma and explore academic programs.

Job Corps is the nation's largest FREE residential education and job training program for young adults ages 16-24

Academic Training Overview
Academic Training Overview

In addition to career training, Collbran Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center also provides academic training, including basic reading and math. Courses in independent living, employability skills, and career success skills are offered in order to help students transition into the workplace. We also have several academic programs to help our students achieve their full potential.

Educational Programs


High School Diploma Program

Students can earn their high school diplomas through our partnership with Grand Mesa High School. To enroll in this program, a student must have at least 15 or more high school credits. Once all required credits have been earned, a high school diploma is awarded to the student.

High School Equivalency Program

One of our top goals at Collbran Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Our GED program provides detailed training for the five subject areas of the GED battery test.

English Language Learning Program

Students needing to learn English can enter our English Language Learning (ELL) program. Students in the ELL program are tested regularly to determine their language proficiency levels.


Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in math and reading by instructors or by fellow students (Peer Student Tutors). Students interested in getting into a tutoring program may contact their instructors or the Academic Manager.

College Program

The College Program is an advanced training program. To qualify for this program, a student must have a high school diploma or GED (from our center or another educational facility) and have successfully completed a vocational trade at Job Corps. Benefits of the College Program include: • academic advisement, mentoring, and tutoring • paid tuition, fees, books, and supplies • housing and recreation • meals provided by Job Corps, on-and-off center • transportation to and from college of choice We offer this program through a partnership with Colorado Mesa University and Colorado State University.

Driver Education

Driver's Education is available to all students needing their driver's license.

ACT Work Keys Assessment

We provide ACT WorkKeys assessments to all qualified students. These assessments are used by a wide variety of employers for hiring and promotional opportunities by evaluating applicant and employee skills. The results of these assessments can enhance our graduates' portfolios as they enter the workforce. To prepare for the ACT WorkKeys assessments, our students use a computer-based application called KeyTrain, developed by ACT. KeyTrain is also used in our high school diploma program and is available in all our computer labs and on dorm computers.

CPR Certification

Our center provides monthly certification training in CPR, first aid, automated electronic defibrillators, and blood borne pathogens. This training is taught by staff and student instructors who have been certified by the American Red Cross. This certification course includes eight hours of Red Cross training videos and hands-on training. Students who achieve CPR certification and are bilingual can assist the American Red Cross in teaching CPR classes to the local Hispanic community.

ServSafe Certification

In ServSafe Certification training, students learn the essentials of food service safety. This certification is especially important for students in our Culinary Arts career technical training program.

Career Success Standard

Ten Behavioral expectation in the areas of employment, social development, and independent living skills.

The way we prepare you for the workforce has changed during Job Corps’ 40 years. The growth of new technology, its impact on your education and the workplace, and the surge in various high-growth industries continuously creates new opportunities to learn and grow. Job Corps is responding to this opportunity with the Career Success Standards, a set of ten behavioral expectations in the areas of employability, social development, and independent living skills.

EXPLORE YOUR JOURNEY AT Collbran Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center



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Earn & further your education

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