Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.
Located in San Marcos, Gary Job Corps first opened on March 4, 1965. On November 20, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson made an announcement to his alma mater, Southwest Texas State University (present day Texas State University), telling his audience: "I would like to establish a Job Corps camp to train between 1,000 and 2,000 young men in the skills which will make it possible for them to contribute to the prosperity of the community, and to ultimately become leaders of their fellow men."
With Johnson’s announcement, the former Gary Army Air Field, which had been deactivated a few years previously, transitioned from air base to a career technical training facility. Barracks and buildings were converted to dormitories, classrooms, career technical training shops, and offices. By March 1965, Gary Job Corps was ready to receive its first students - all male.
Today, Gary Job Corps is the largest Job Corps center in the United States. It is situated on 775 acres and is the home for up to 1660 male and female students.
Students can obtain their high school diploma via the Internet and acquire an accredited high school diploma through the Southwest Texas High School.
The center offers over 18 career technical training opportunities ranging from health occupations to business technology related professions. Other career technical training opportunities include construction, manufacturing, and correctional and security officer training. Gary Job Corps also offer career technical training with the Transportation Communications Union (TCU).