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
The site that was to become the Maui Job Corps Center went through several iterations before it became what it is today. It began as a seminary school for Native Hawaiian girls in the 1900s. Henry Perrine Baldwin built the current administration building for that purpose. During World War II, the school was closed and the U.S. military used its dormitories as a hospital. After that, Maunaolu College occupied the space in 1950 until its closing in 1972. Then it was used as a youth shelter and for other county programs. The school campus was eventually remodeled for the Maui Satellite Job Corps Center and held its grand opening on March 18, 1989.