Evaluation of the Job Corps Program

1993-2006
Prepared for
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, Congress established Job Corps, a national vocational and academic training program for disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 24. The program costs the federal government $1.6 billion a year, making it one of the most expensive education and training programs funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The goal of Job Corps is to help youth become more responsible, employable, and productive citizens.

In 1993, DOL authorized Mathematica to conduct the National Job Corps Study, an independent evaluation of the program’s effectiveness.

Mathematica’s evaluation was based on one of the most rigorous research designs ever used for an ongoing federal program.

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