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Job Corps Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico
By Robin Wright

The Job Corps initiative is a successful way for young adults who have had a rough start prepare for a smooth future. The Corps will aid you in finishing your education, train you for a job, and give you a place to stay while doing so. The Job Corps in Albuquerque is no different, except that some of those “living” there may have just been there from a time when the building was an orphanage and boys’ school.

In 1918, the Sisters of St. Francis established the orphanage and boys’ school and cared for children without homes until 1971, when the Department of Labor claimed it. There are city records that describe an occurrence of one of the nuns, a Sister “M” who went insane and seemingly randomly murdered a number of the boys. When the school was installing a swimming pool in the location of an unused well, they found the children’s bodies in the well shaft. It is said that you can still hear the cries of dying children.

Since the Job Corps has taken over the old orphanage, many of the stories have been kept hushed up. One has to wonder exactly what does the Job Corps know about the haunting of its buildings? In the Job Corps handbook, it specifically prohibits the use of Ouija boards on campus. Though the school tries to keep any hauntings “mum,” tales of strange noises and sightings have leaked out. One of the most prevalent is seeing a nun carrying a baby outside of the cafeteria. Could she be the murderous nun with a young victim? Or a caring nun who is trying to watch out for the kids even to this day?

A bench in front of the old Independent Dorm is also the location of some strange activity. If you take a seat there at night, you just might hear the laughter, cries, and noises of children playing, as well as adults scolding them. It is as if the area in front of you is a playground for ghosts.

Looking up to the top of what used to be the Chapel when the tract of land contained an orphanage, some have seen what seems to be a lantern floating about. The building at the front gate may also have some haunting activity, but the security staff are not admitting nor denying it, as they have been told not to encourage any “ghost talk.”

A student who attended in the 1980’s remembers the dorms having lots of activity. There were sounds of laughter, crying, and the click-clack of hard-soled shoes walking down the halls when there was no one there to create such a distinctive noise. Past students have also alluded to people seeing things in the silvered mirrors of the older rooms.

One of the more eerie incidences reported is that, on occasion, all clocks in the haunted Jobs Corps Center, including wristwatches, stop at the same time.

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Mitch says:

October 29, 2008, 12:35 am

I live in Albuquerque, and getting and keeping a job here, can be a rather horrifying prospect in and of itself. I am not suprised that we have a haunted ‘Job Center’. I hear that we also have a haunted Pizza Hut on a street called Juan Tabo,where the lights turn themselves off & on- and things fly off the shelves too. So if the Job Center places you there- Whatch Out!!!

heather says:

November 20, 2008, 6:32 pm

you need to put what happend at jobcorps clearfild they had a bakery and there is stuff under neithe it ghost silled doors and other stuff so go check that out oh and the creeper at the great salt lake every 7 years he wakes up and feeds yes just like the movie just go check the place the hole thing all over it from front to back then let me know if you have seen any thing

Stephen says:

December 9, 2008, 3:15 am

I have gone to that job corps in 2006-2007 and I have seen them with a friend and my sis. we did do some investing we made recording the things we herd we kids fighting and cries of other people. I have seen black shadows running Down the halls the R.A. (resident advisor) told me it was nothing.
so i think that the job corps in Albuquerque is haunted place.

yourmom says:

January 29, 2009, 5:33 pm

so what. it’s not that cool!

NativeGirl says:

January 30, 2009, 11:24 am

I prestently attending 2008-2009(NOW) I have not yet seen or heard anything at this here Job corps center, so I dont know why everyone is so freaked out about it. I’m in the new dorm called Red Hawk I have yet to hear what B-S people have to say about the place or about the dorms as well.

Leonard says:

January 30, 2009, 2:47 pm

95-96 Wierd things between the lunch room and Q&R

William says:

February 12, 2009, 1:42 am

attended in 91 if you LIVE there and dont experence something try spending time by what used to be rec. room and first dorm

smallz says:

February 24, 2009, 2:27 pm

i see things all the time…i don’t know what happened but i’m trying to find out the truth. i’m really curious. i’ve been trying to find the records about the nun but i haven’t had any luck yet.

Summer says:

March 11, 2009, 10:42 am

I am a former resident of job corps also. I graduated in ’97 after living there for two years. Like William I can also say that anyone who lives there and had the experience of witnessing these eerie phenomenon that occur nightly can vouch that they are niether natural nor funny. My first expierience happened my very first night , before i ever knew about what happened there. I was repeatedly awakened throughout the night by a loud knocking at my door. Each time i opened the door the long hall would be empty and quiet. After the third time i stopped getting up but the knocking continued every hour or so until morning. After that I didnt doubt anymore when i would hear or see something frightening.

smallz says:

March 11, 2009, 11:57 am

yeah that knocking happens a lot in my dorm. i just ignore it andtell everyone to knock a certain way so i know if it’s a realperson or somethin else. but i really want some sleep so i can’t wait to go home this weekend.

bill suico says:

March 18, 2009, 6:16 am


smallz says:

March 18, 2009, 12:03 pm

yup fo shizzy

William says:

March 18, 2009, 3:01 pm

Its not JUST seeing things or hearing stuff…is the whole place! when I lived there it seemed that there was some presence,uncomfortable.The whole of Job corps was drunk or otherwise “out-of-it”in some way.I know kids party but this was diffrent and NO one TALKED about it at all.

anonymous says:

March 18, 2009, 4:11 pm

yeah that’s true…i feel it as long as i’m inside like on center…it doesn’t matter where at on center i just always feel depressed here NO MATTER WHAT!!! it really pisses me off sometimes cuz that’s just not me…i’m usually a very happy person so i don’t know what it is about this ****** place that does it to me but there is something DEFINATELY not right about AJCC. i know this because i’m at job corps in my class at this very moment. i just want to know happiness again. that’s why i literally crave getting my daily’s (which is a pass that i have to get signed in order to step one foot off center). there is NEVER a day that i don’t take a daily because last time i did that i got really drunk and almost died from it. idk what came over me…i don’t drink. i hate not having control over my body so that’s why i don’t drink.

William says:

March 18, 2009, 4:31 pm

That was the same story with a lot of my freinds did NOT drink untill they got there.and when they left they never drank agian.
you can make it through there!! I did it! Just do your ” dailys ” stick together w/freinds the only thing in that place that can hurt you is “you”
but i’m glad I dont live there now.

anonymous says:

March 18, 2009, 4:44 pm

yeah i’m almost done but i’m stalling cuz i have no where else to go…and with the economy so bad it’s IMPOSSIBLE to find a job so i’m gonna see if i can go to college through this hell hole and save up so i can go non-res.

zach says:

March 20, 2009, 10:45 pm

I have had a few things happen to me at Job corps and I can understand feelings of depression there. Anyways I remember when I moved to the second floor of my dorm which I stayed in, on my wall a shadow in the shape of a hand would appear on the wall where the door is. Me and one of my roommates tried to figure out what was creating it, but there was nothing that could. There is no tree branch or anything outside the window that could make that shape. I’d see it every night and it was creepy, but I got used it. I have also heard knocking but on my wall not the door.
One of the more weird things was this tree that I was told that the “M” nun
hung herself at, you can actually make out an outline of a person there.

smallz says:

March 23, 2009, 12:51 pm

zach, are you currently enrolled at job corps? cuz if you are then can you show which tree you’re talking about cuz i’ve never known about that tree. and i thought she hung her self on the light post by the cafeteria???

Christine/ Gerald R ford job corps says:

March 31, 2009, 11:39 pm

So I`m suppose to leave for job corps in a couple of weeks, But from the stories I hear I`m really second guessing the decision I made. As you guys said it basically what you make it there so I`mma try my best to tough it out because I hate being away from the little family I do have. But they are taking a long time to call me back, I`ve been waiting for about 6weeks now and I`m ready to go start my training and education, So I can get out…I hope I can get all of this done within one yr as well, If I show them I`m not an idiot and I really wanna succeed

Blow me says:

April 4, 2009, 1:03 am

I personally had sex with a ghost here, it was not to good, i really didnt feel anything, maybe others have felt the same. If anyone else knows of any more ghosts that like to get down then let me know…

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