Apprenticeships and Other Alternative Training Opportunities

The Corporation for National and Community Service
http://www.nationalservice.gov/

Established in 1993, this organization oversees programs engaging more than a million Americans each year in service to their communities. The Corporation’s three major service initiatives are AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America and the Senior Corps.

The Job Corps
http://www.jobcorps.gov/home.aspx

Job Corps is the nation’s largest residential education and training program for disadvantaged youth between the ages of 16 and 24. The Job Corps operates more than 100 centers around the country and in Puerto Rico, with a focus on training the whole person. Information on the centers, how to apply for the program and other benefits can be found here.

Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services (OATELS)
http://www.doleta.gov/OA/

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. The OATELS website gives users information about how to find and apply for apprenticeship programs in the United States.

Peace Corps
http://www.peacecorps.gov/

This site contains background information on the organization, recruiting, diversity and reach of this volunteer service program. It is developed for audiences of various ages.