Talking Leaves Job Corps

Talking Leaves Job Corps is a career technical training program administered by the Cherokee Nation and contracted by the U.S. Department of Labor. Job Corps assists youth ages 16 through 24, at no cost to the participant.

The Talking Leaves Job Corps Center opened its doors October 18, 1978. The center was housed at the time in Northeastern State University’s Loeser Hall. As the enrollment grew and their need for dorm space increased, TLJC moved to the Cherokee Nation Motor Lodge in 1988 and later onto their current facility in 1994. 

Today, TLJC enjoys a new campus currently serving 197 students and recently received a new five year contract so they may continue serving their students and assist them in becoming employable for the workforce and equipped for higher education. 
For more than four decades, Job Corps has made a difference in the lives of more than 2.6 million economically disadvantaged young Americans. Through willingness to embrace and welcome change, this voluntary education and job training program continues to offer innovative career technical, academic and social skills training to students at 125 centers nationwide.

TLJC has open enrollment and is currently taking applications. For more information or to apply today please call 918.456.9959.

You’ll train for a career and gain the skills necessary for a successful future. Talking Leaves Job Corps Center offers career training programs in six fields. All of our training programs are hands on, and you’ll get to practice your skills on the job in real work environments. When you graduate, you’ll have the skills and credentials you need to start your career.

• Clinical Medical Assistant
• Culinary Arts
• Electrical Wiring
• Facilities Maintenance
• Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide
• Office Administration

*Please ask your admissions counselor for the most up-to-date list of training programs offered.

You’ll have access to everything you need at Talking Leaves Job Corps Center, including housing, basic medical care, and food. Most students live at the center in dorms, but some students commute to campus each day.

• Dorms
- One male dorm, one female dorm, and one coed dorm
- Four students per room
- Private bathrooms
- Lounges with TVs
- Computer labs
- Laundry facilities
- Independent-living advisers

• Full-service cafeteria
• Store with snacks and other essentials
• Wellness center for basic medical needs

Talking Leaves Job Corps Center helps you get the education you need at your own pace.

Talking Leaves Job Corps helps you get the education you need at your own pace.

Tutors and academic support for:
• Math
• Reading
High School Diploma Program
High School Equivalency Program
English Language Learning

College partners:

• Northeastern State University
• Indian Capital Technology Center

Career preparation courses:
• Driver Education
• Employability Skills
• Independent-Living Skills
• Social Skills
Environmentally Friendly Practices:
• Green job skills
• Recycling
• Reducing energy use

After the training day is over you can relax, study or hang out with your friends. There's always plenty to do during your free time.

• Basketball
• Horseshoes
• Volleyball

• Native Voices
• Student Government Association

On-center activities:
• Arts and crafts
• Dances
• Foosball
• Games
• Movies
• Music
• Pageants
• Ping-Pong
• Pool tables
• Reading
• Talent shows
• Video games

Off-center activities:
• Amusement parks
• Movie theaters
• Shopping
• Sporting events

• CASA of Cherokee County
• Cherokee County Nursing Center
• Cherokee County Veterans Council
• Cherokee Nation
• Fort Gibson Public Schools
• Go Ye Village Nursing Home
• Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce
• Tahlequah City Hospital
• Tahlequah Public Schools

General Contact 
918-456-9959 or 1-877-256-9950