Center Life

A typical day at Old Dominion Job Corps is full of activities to help our students prepare for the real world. Students get up early and spend the majority of their day receiving academic and hands-on career technical training.

After class, students study or hang out with friends before dinner in the cafeteria. After dinner, students may do chores in their dorms or spend their downtime studying. Most students are in bed by 10 PM in order to rest for the next day's tasks.


Real Job Corps student playing baseball

Old Dominion Job Corps boasts one of the best recreation programs in the nation. Students find our recreational activities to be a fun and exciting way to meet new friends, socialize, and just relax and unwind at the end of the day.

Our athletic program provides intramural programs in basketball and softball. Our art and crafts program consists of painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sewing, and other creative projects.

Our location in central Virginia allows a variety of off center activities, including trips to amusement parks, sporting events, museums, plays, historical sites, state and local cultural fairs, and outdoor sports in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We also schedule regular bowling, mall, movie, and skating trips.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of our students and plays an important role in the operation of our center. The SGA officers are elected to represent the student population in all matters and sit on standing committees. They sponsor special events such as: dances and amusement park trips. Also, the SGA acts as greeters and tour guides, and participates in leadership training.

Community Volunteer Services

Our students are involved in the surrounding community by doing community volunteer services. As volunteers, students can receive recognition in the community as well as on center. This valuable hands-on experience can be used as a reference on a job application.


Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe and secure environment. That's why we have a Zero Tolerance Policy for violence and drugs. Any student who breaks this policy will be dismissed immediately from Job Corps.

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Page last updated: Friday, December 07, 2012