Boxelder Job Corps

Job Corps students hold a hot air balloon as it fills up with hot air.The Box Elder Job Corps is operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.  It is part of the nationally-funded Department of Labor scholarship program for underprivileged youth ages 16 – 24.  Holly Sortland, Job Corp Career Advisor, said they offer several different vocational trades. Students can also receive their GED or high school diploma at the center.

The center’s goal is to teach eligible young people job skills and help place them in related jobs and/or help further their education. Career training offered at the center includes business technology, carpentry, culinary arts, certified nurse assistant, electrician, facility maintenance, painting, networking and computer technology, union bricklaying, and welding.

Job Corps students work in the field

“Students come voluntarily and choose to be here,” said Sortland. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to learn a trade and build an employment background.”


To enroll at Boxelder Job Corps, contact an admissions counselor at (800) 733-5627.  Admission to the Boxelder Job Corps is ongoing.   New students arrive every two weeks and orientation sessions are open to the public on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Career Learning Center on East Watertown Street in Rapid City from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.