Here is a summary of the primary measures MTC is taking to protect staff and students at Job Corps centers. This section will be updated as needed, so please check back regularly for new information.

  • A COVID-19 response plan is in place along with a COVID-19 coordinator who will work directly with the center physician and center director to deal with the threat of the virus.
  • Frequent communication with local health department officials has been established to ensure we’re following their protocols.
  • Isolation areas on all campuses have been identified and will contain various medical supplies should it become necessary.
  • Regular communication with regional DOL offices has been established to ensure we’re following the government’s recommendations.
  • Large group gatherings have been postponed or cancelled
  • Classrooms, recreation areas, dorm rooms, kitchen, cafeteria, and other areas where students gather are being cleaned more often.


What We're Doing to Keep You Safe


Your safety and the safety of our students at our Job Corps centers and men and women in our correctional and detention facilities is our top priority. With the recent, and quickly developing situation surrounding the coronavirus, we have put measures in place to minimize risk to our more than 11,000 employees and the approximately 43,000 people we serve at our facilities throughout the world. In this document you’ll find information about MTC-specific measures being taken to address the COVID-19 threat and valuable recommendations—including printable materials—from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Following Customer and CDC Protocols

MTC has put together a corporate committee to evaluate the coronavirus situation and have been in daily contact with our customers to ensure we’re implementing all of their precautionary measures. Our customers include the Department of Labor (DOL), Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Marshals Service, and the seven state corrections agencies where we operate. Internationally, our customers are the United States Agency for International Development, United Kingdom Ministry of Justice, and Corrective Services New South Wales.

The CDC is the leading U.S. government agency tracking the latest developments with COVID-19. Their website has several valuable and reliable resources including how many people have confirmed cases of coronavirus, the location of the confirmed cases, and safety precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family. MTC is closely monitoring developments from the CDC and will adjust its plans accordingly. We encourage you to visit the CDC website often as they update their information daily.


Update -- April 13, 2020 3:25 p.m. ET

Job Corps established a spring break for all Job Corps centers on March 16, 2020, in light of COVID-19 concerns and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.  Spring break was a measure taken to minimize the potential COVID-19 threat within the Job Corps community.

Per Program Instruction 19-15, Job Corps has extended the Spring Break for students until May 10.  Accordingly, the JCDC will extend the Spring Break COVID-19 leave for all Active students that are currently in a Spring Break Status to May 10th.


Update -- April 8, 2020 11:15 a.m. ET

The linked informational document provides a current list of states that are under stay-at-home orders in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus, and those states that are not under stay-at-home orders.  Stay-at-Home Orders PDF


Update -- April 1, 2020 12:30 p.m. ET

Last week’s information about COVID-19 cleaning guidance prompted some questions from the field about personal protective equipment (PPE).  The linked informational document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the sequence for putting on PPE, which may be helpful for those staff tasked with cleaning facilities where there have been known case(s) of people who test positive for the coronavirus.


Update -- March 25, 2020 12:15 p.m. ET

Attached to this update is a document that summarizes federal guidance and resources related to COVID-19 cleaning & disinfecting.


Update -- March 16, 2020 2:45 p.m. ET

The National Office of Job Corps has instructed all Job Corps centers to send students home today in an effort to respond to the COVID-19 risk. Students will return April 14, 2020. Centers will work with government and community organizations to assist any students who are currently homeless. If centers are unable to find temporarily living arrangements for homeless students, they will be allowed to remain on center during this time. During the break, centers can use the time to clean and sanitize the facilities. Center directors may use this time for staff development activities. Outreach and admissions staff may continue operating, but without face-to-face prospect, applicant, or enrollee contact. No new arrivals will be accepted at centers until after spring break.
Click here to see the Job Corps Spring Break Instruction Notice.