Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of our students and plays a key role in the operation of the center. We encourage all of our students to join the SGA.
The SGA Council is composed of Executive Board officers, Vocational Representatives, and Area Student Leaders. The Executive Board members are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Community Coordinator. Vocational Representatives are student leaders representing each career training program on center. The Area Student Leaders are mentors, recreational aides, residential advisors, safety marshals, and student tour guides.
In their weekly meetings, SGA representatives make recommendations to the Center Director about rules affecting students including enforcement of rules. The Center Director also consults with the SGA before introducing new rules for students.
SGA members also have the responsibility to:
- Be a positive role model to the other students.
- Assist in the decision-making process with the Center Director and Senior Management Team relating to policies affecting student life on and off campus.
- Develop leadership skills.
- Practice self-government and have input on center policies.
- Learn and practice positive leadership and socialization skills.
- Assist with tours on center.
- Work with all departments through the SGA Committees.
- Host activities for the student body.
- Work closely with the Business-Community Liaison to bridge the gap between the Job Corps program and the community.
After 30 days of enrollment at our center, you may apply for the Leadership Training Class. After you complete three weeks of leadership training, you can apply for SGA membership.
Ladies of Excellence
At Ladies of Excellence, we strive to increase the visibility of women in leadership both inside the Job Corps Center and in the community at large, as well as grow the confidence and voice of women on campus. We focus our attention on leadership, diversity, mentorship, and service. Members will learn team-building, goal-setting skills, and how to navigate the business arena, and will put these concepts into practice through community service. Membership is open to any women who strive to be leaders.
Men of Distinction
The Men of Distinction’s mission is to attract, recognize, reward, and advance student success by teaching leadership concepts to the young men of Job Corps. The organization promotes intellectual growth, cultural enrichment, and social development as values to be upheld. Along the way, members will learn team-building concepts, critical goal-setting skills, and proper etiquette in the business arena, and will put these concepts into practice through community service projects. Men of Distinction seeks to foster brotherhood, service, character, heritage, truth, and knowledge in the young men of Job Corps.
Stepping is a form of percussive dance that draws upon elements of gymnastics, break dance, tap dance, march, and African and Caribbean dance. The dancer’s entire body is used to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. The style’s history goes back to military close-order and exhibition drills as well as African foot dances, and was popularized by African-American fraternities and sororities during the 20th century.
The Step Team at Job Corps is a fun way to exercise, compete, and have fun with other students at the center, and members of the team put on demonstrations and performances at venues both on and off center. Students from all backgrounds and skill levels are invited to join.
Fostering positive relationships with the communities our centers are in is a key part of what Job Corps does. This can mean performing work in the neighborhood that aligns with a student's career pathway, such as building new playgrounds, patching up sidewalks, or cleaning up parks. At the Jacksonville Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:
- American Red Cross
- City of Jacksonville
- Feed the Homeless
- Gate River Run
- Global Youth Services Day
- Jacksonville Rescue Mission
- Pinedale Elementary School
- Salvation Army
- Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
- Tony Boselli Foundation