The Omaha Women’s Job Corp. Center

Profiles By: Samantha Miller

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Part Two Omaha Women's Job Corp. Center

In Omaha, Nebraska, the massive government project led to the development of the Omaha Women’s Job Corp. Center. The Center was a vocational school, meant to give opportunities to young women, ages 16–21. Many women also went to the center to receive GEDs. Most recruits had already finished high school, however, and the purpose of the Center was to bring these women out of their home environments and take them to a place where they could concentrate on skills for improvement and employment. Courses ranged from Interior Design to Cosmetology to even key punching data cards since it was the early era of computers (Mudd).

This Job Corp. opened on June 7, 1965 with 365 women in the Regis Hotel in downtown Omaha and soon expanded to over 900 women at the Paxton Hotel. Women moved into the buildings and were taught a variety of courses in the hotel ballrooms. Students frequently moved between the two buildings as some might live in one but be attending classes in another. Between the regular movement of women along the street and the heavy traffic on Friday and Saturday nights (date nights), people from the area began to complain about the level of activity. Thus, the Women’s Job Corp. Center was closed on June 30, 1969, only four years after it opened (Mudd). Although the Women’s Job Corp. Center closed, a coeducational center still operates today in rural Nebraska.  To learn more about Mary Mudd‘s experience with the Women’s Job Corp. Center, click the link to access her profile.