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. A product of the Economic
Opportunity Act of 1964, the Job Corps was first set up by Sargent Shriver, a member of the
Kennedy family who ran many of Johnson’s social programs. Shriver modeled the Job Corps on the
Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, which provided room, board, and
employment to thousands of unemployed people.
The first National Director of the Job Corps program was Dr. S. Stephen Uslan, who was appointed
by President Lyndon Johnson and reported directly to Sargent Shriver. The current national
director of the Office of Job Corps is Lenita Jacobs-Simmons The Job Corps program is currently
authorized under Title I-C of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
Our Center's History
Woodstock Job Corps Center was originally built as a Jesuit monastery, and today retains much of its historic charm. Many of the buildings' cornerstones retain the marks of Woodstock College located here in the early to mid-1800s. The grounds and buildings were sold to the State of Maryland on July 30, 1971. The state planned to rehab the buildings before using them for the Job Corps program.
The Jesuits retained ownership of the Cemetery and Mortuary Chapel, which greets visitors upon arrival to our center. We continue our relationship with the Jesuits, collaborating to maintain the cemetery grounds with our landscaping students.