Learn about the Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center

Powerful Education Opportunities for Low-Income Students

Monday, September 17, 2018


Our Guest Speaker, Vaughn Croft, will tell how Job Corps is benefiting the young people of Tucson.

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 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. The program aims to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or provide further education.

The Tucson Job Corps Center was built in 1979. In 1992, the name was changed to honor Fred G. Acosta, who served as the center’s first director for eleven years. Mr. Acosta referred to the center’s staff and students as la familia or “the family,” and this term is still used at the center today.

The Job Corps program was created during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 as part of Johnson’s War on Poverty and Great Society initiatives that sought to expand economic and social opportunities for Americans, especially minorities and the poor. Job Corps is one of the oldest social programs in the federal government today. The Job Corps program is authorized by Title I-C of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (supersedes WIA 1998).

Theology Uncorked is a free program for theological reflection, good conversation, delicious wines and fresh popcorn! This program is offered usually on the first Monday of each month with presentations, movies, etc., which allow us to further examine our lives as it relates to Christ’s teachings. You are welcome to bring snacks or a bottle of wine to share as we delve into our theology! All are welcome to join us!