Idaho Job Corps Celebrates First Graduating Class


For Immediate Release: May 21, 2021
Media Contact: Tina Polishchuk,

Idaho Job Corps will celebrate its first graduates of 2020 and 2021, Monday, May 24, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., on the grounds of the Centennial Job Corps center, 3201 Ridgeview Drive in Nampa.

Monday’s graduation ceremonies will honor 22 students who accomplished their personal career goals by completing high school, earning their GED or receiving a skills certificate for an in-demand occupation like welding or phlebotomy.

Locally, the Idaho Department of Labor partners with the College of Western Idaho to deliver education, training and a whole host of wrap-around services to low-income students with barriers to employment.

Jayson, Jeremy and Braden (holding certificates) are part of a second class of students to become certified welders.

The Idaho Job Corps program is also available at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls and the College of Eastern Idaho in Idaho Falls.

“The past year has presented many interesting challenges for our students, ” said Courtney Hudnall, placement supervisor for Idaho Job Corps. “Yet they continue to thrive and excel. It’s exciting to celebrate this amazing group of students as they graduate and move on to bright, successful futures.”

Idaho’s Job Corps program connects students 16-24 years of age to education, training, employment and support services like healthcare, meals or transportation to their training site. Students can earn a high school diploma or GED while enrolled at their local community college for training in high-demand jobs in welding, construction or the medical field.

Students can enroll in the program for three to 24 months, depending on their career trajectory. The goal is to place every student into a sustainable job by the time they graduate from the program.

Idaho Job Corps was established in October 2019 as a three-year national demonstration project, piloting a new approach to serving youth.

Students interested in learning more about Idaho Job Corps are invited to meet the staff at a monthly Community Night, held at 4:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Centennial Center in Nampa.

Learn more about the program, at or call (208) 442-4500. For event information visit