Education and Training
The Los Padres Center provides required classes after the workday in Career Development, Personal Awareness, Life Skills, Conservation Awareness and Natural Resource Management. The latter is unique to the center and gives corpsmembers a better understanding of watershed issues and creeks and fisheries management relating to the work they do with their assigned crew. The Natural Resource Management classes are taught by Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduate students in this field of study.
Cuesta College Green Tech graduate
The computer lab at the center allows for classroom training as well as Internet access for corpsmembers.
Corpsmembers without high school degrees work towards their diplomas through a partnership with the John Muir Charter School. Two cap-and-gown graduation ceremonies are held each year (winter and spring) with parents and family members invited. Unique to the Los Padres Center is a special Recognition of Accomplishment given to the high school graduates by local legislators.
John Muir Charter School Graduates
Among the training opportunities, chainsaw certification courses are offered to corpsmembers during the year.
Chain saw training class